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Essential information for visiting Hillsborough Castle and Gardens safely

Essential information for visiting Hillsborough Castle and Gardens safely

Visit essentials


We offer all the essential facilities to ensure your visit is safe and enjoyable.

  • Toilets open - Pineapple Yard - with disabled access and baby change facilities
  • Hand washing and hand sanitiser facilities 
  • Only guide dogs are permitted


We do everything we can to ensure disabled visitors enjoy their visit to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. Due to the current Coronavirus situation, we regret we are unable to provide wheelchairs at this time.

Disabled visitors are entitled to bring an accompanying adult/carer free of charge.


Enjoy a wide ranging seasonal menu, featuring produce grown in our very own Walled Garden.

Hillsborough Castle Café: 
Located in the Weston Pavilion, Pineapple Yard


Shop for gifts and souvenirs inspired by this famous royal residence.

Our shops offer everything from souvenirs and gifts, to fine jewellery. You can also shop online and non-EU residents can buy tax-free.

Group visits

We offer reduced admission for groups of 15 people or more.

Enjoy a castle tour and all-day entry to 100 acres of world-famous historic gardens.

School visits

We offer everything you need for the perfect educational visit.

Spaces are limited so book in advance.

You can include special sessions and workshops designed for pupils of all ages.

Garden trails

Pick up one of our new garden trails when you visit the stunning gardens this summer. Choose your route and see what you can find as you explore.

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Browse our FAQs

We hold the industry standard, 'We're Good to Go' for for Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, which means we follow government and industry guidelines for social distancing and cleanliness. Check out how to make the most of your day with our frequently asked questions about how to book, our social distancing measures, hand washing facilities and more.

Enjoy a picnic in the gardens

Why not bring a picnic to enjoy in the royal gardens. Bring food and a blanket from home, and enjoy this unique picnic location with plenty of space to make you feel safe.  

A guide shows a group of visitors the Throne Room in the State Rooms at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. Two red and gold thrones sit at one end of the room and the walls are lined with green silk damask and the walls are lined with historical artwork.
Things to see

Discover elegant State Rooms still used by the royal family on a tour of Hillsborough Castle.


Hillsborough Castle

Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)

The South Terrace, looking south-east across the terrace flagstones towards the small topiary trees and summer shrubs. The Greek Temple is just seen through the castle portico in the background on the left of the image.
Things to see

Discover the ornamental lawns, meandering waterways, peaceful woodlands and picturesque glens that surround Hillsborough Castle.


Hillsborough Castle

Included in gardens admission (members go free)

Throne Room with silk green damask walls, wooden floor and large rug. Two red and gold Chairs of State, or 'thrones' are situated at the far end of the room. Gold-framed paintings of landscapes adorn the walls and three large chandeliers hang above.
Things to see

Explore the ceremonial heart of the castle, where Her Majesty The Queen received guests at a coronation ball in 1953.


Hillsborough Castle

Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)