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Essential information for visiting Hillsborough Castle and Gardens safely

Essential information for visiting Hillsborough Castle and Gardens safely

Updated 2 July. Following guidance from the government, outdoor spaces at Hillsborough Castle are now open Thursday-Sunday. The castle will re-open 30 July. Please read our visit information.

Visit essentials

Facilities

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

Accessibility

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.

Eating

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

The Stable Yard Tea Room: 
Located in the Stable Yard

Shopping

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.

South terrace flowers

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.

Good to Go Logo Northern Ireland industry standard logo 2020.

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.

Family sitting on grass eating food

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.  

The Glen at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, showing a stream running through a woody green area under a blue sky
Things to see

Explore this intimate corner of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, which is full of colour and intriguing details.

Open

Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

The Walled Garden at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, showing the pergola in the distance surrounded by planting and bedding. An archway surrounds the frame of the image and there is a blue cloudy sky
Things to see

Enter the castle grounds through this 18th-century walled garden, which has been expertly restored using traditional methods.

Open

Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

A large lake at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens under a cloudy sky. Foliage from the surrounding trees and planting surrounds the water
Things to see

Explore an expanse of picturesque waterways and magnificent giant sequoia trees in the Lake and Pinetum.

Open

Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)