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Tickets for Hillsborough Castle & Gardens + Guided Tour

Tour a historic castle and wander the gardens

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Opening hours
Today:  Closed
Tomorrow:  Closed
Thursday:  Closed
Friday:  09:30 - 18:00
Saturday:  09:30 - 18:00
Sunday:  09:30 - 18:00
Monday:  09:30 - 18:00
Guided tours: about 45 minutes
  • This palace, still in use today, is a beautiful late Georgian mansion. Your ticket includes a guided tour!
  • Explore 40 hectares of stunning gardens, developed in the 1700s, at your own pace
  • The controversial - and significant - Anglo-Irish Agreement of 1985 was signed here in the Throne Room

Looking for a trip outside of Belfast? Visit Hillsborough Castle, the Georgian mansion from the 1770s. It's used today by the British Royal Family when they're visiting Northern Ireland. And, for a day, it can be visited by you too! Ogle at the throne and other trappings of royalty, explore 40 hectares of gardens, and get a guided tour of the castle!

If Queen Elizabeth is still turning down your requests to have tea at Buckingham Palace, here's your chance to step foot in another real working palace.

Built in the 1770s, Belfast's Hillsborough Castle is the official residence of the Royal Family, whenever they're visiting Northern Ireland! And the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland - the Queen's rep in N.I. - lives here year-round.

Explore this late Georgian mansion with a tour guide and visit the elegant State Rooms, the graceful Drawing Room, and even the regal Throne Room.

When you find the pressures of royal life to be too much, take a self-guided walk through the 40 hectares of beautiful gardens. Since the 1760s these tranquil lawns, waterways, and wooded areas have been a welcome getaway for heavy-crowned heads.

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What's included
  • Guided tour of the castle
  • Self-guided access to the gardens
  • Show your smartphone ticket at the admission desk in either The Square, Hillsborough (entrance from the town) or the Weston Pavilion (entrance from the car park)
  • You can enter the gardens from 09:30. Access to the castle will be only at the selected timeslot
  • Make sure to arrive at the admission desk 15 minutes prior to the start of your tour (it is recommended to arrive on site 45 minutes before the starting time)

Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

Hillsborough Castle
The Square, BT26 6AG, Belfast
Key info
Live guide
English speaking
Wheelchair accessible
Castle: fully accessible. Gardens: some paths are unsuitable. Guide dogs are allowed into the grounds
Additional info

Getting There

Bus: Line 238 from Belfast Europa Bus Centre, direction Newry - get off at the War Memorial, Hillsborough stop. Buses leave regularly and the journey takes about 35 minutes. From the bus stop, it's a 5-minute walk to Hillsborough Castle.

A free car park is available on-site and is well signposted from the A1.

Feb 13, 2019
A great visit to the castle and a wonderful informative tour guide named Elizabeth.
Wish I could have seen more of the castle as only a number of rooms open to the public
Jan 2, 2019
Very Professional and detailed tour, a great heritage to Northern Ireland
Dec 18, 2018
A beautiful house with a very interesting history. Great visit!
Dec 17, 2018
Very interesting
Chloe was very knowledgeabl
Dec 11, 2018
Great tour, very informative and excellent Guide. Highly recommended.
Oct 21, 2018
Excellent tour
Oct 18, 2018
On a lovely Autumn day with the sun shining the gardens looked stunning
The House is marvellous and congrats to those who renovated this magnificent residence. The tour guide was very illuminating and it is definitely on a par with any National Trust properties we have visited
Kenny Millar
Sep 28, 2018
The rooms were amazing and so beautiful. Very much a family touch. Will be great next year when all renovationsorts are finished
Sep 8, 2018
A very informative tour. Worth asking questions about the varst number of paintings.
Sep 4, 2018
Very interesting tour. Our guide Chloe was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions perfectly. Really enjoyed the visit to the Castle though more like a large home used by the Royal family and government.

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