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Travel information for your visit to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Travel information for your visit to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Address and car parking

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
The Square
Hillsborough
BT26 6AG

On-site parking

Free on-site car parking is available. Follow the brown tourist signs on the A1 south to our sign-posted car park entrance.

It is not possible to access the car park via the entrance on Main Street in Hillsborough Village.

Disabled parking

27 parking spaces are available on site for for Blue Badge holders. 

Arrival time and castle tour start

If you have booked a tour you should aim to arrive on site up to 45 minutes prior to your tour to allow sufficient time to park and make your way to the castle state entrance where the tours start.

Park and ride facility

A park and ride service will operate during peak periods. Further details will be listed here if this service is in operation.

Drop-off and collection points

Drop off and collection points for minibuses, coaches and taxis are located in the car park, accessible off the A1.

 

 

A map of the entrance to the Hillsborough Castle and Gardens car park, showing the exit from the A1 for visitors travelling from the north or south.

Downloads

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens car park is accessible via the A1 (Hillsborough Road).

Car park map Hillsborough Castle and Gardens map

Moving between the car park and State Entrance

All tours start from the State Entrance of the castle. If you are arriving via the car park, you should aim to arrive on site up to 45 minutes prior to your tour to allow sufficient time to park and make your way to the castle.

The fastest route to the castle is to exit the Walled garden via the left corner gate and follow signage to the castle.

Site security

As you enter the site you will pass through our security area where bags searches are in operation.

Rucksacks, large bags and buggies are not allowed inside the castle but can be deposited in the lockers in the Stable Yard. Upon entry to the castle you can also store bags in a secure bag drop facility.

Small handbags are permitted inside the castle on the condition they may be searched before entering.

Cycle

There are currently no bicycle racks in Hillsborough Castle and Gardens car park or Hillsborough Village. 

Public transport

Train

Lisburn station - 5 miles from Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. Bus route 38 connects Lisburn bus station and Hillsborough castle.

Moira station - 8 to 11 miles from Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. For connecting bus routes, travel via Lisburn bus station.

Bus

The nearest bus stop is Hillsborough War Memorial.

Route 238 (to Newry) connects central Belfast to Hillsborough village. Services run every 20 minutes from Belfast Europa bus centre.

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.

Open

Hillsborough Castle

Included in gardens admission (members go free)

A lady and four young children walk down stone steps on the South Terrace towards the Jubilee Parterre. The South Façade of the Hillsborough Castle is visible in the background and a blue sky hangs above. The sun is shining brightly and highlights the nearby box-trimmed hedges and white flowers.
Things to see

Discover a charming formal garden and find out why the castle's 19th-century summer house is so unusual.

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)