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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.
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Discover elegant State Rooms still used by the royal family inside Hillsborough Castle.

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Hillsborough Castle

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A middle-aged couple walk through the State Entrance Hall whilst other visitors explore behind them. The room features a stone-tiled floor with painted-effect stone walls. Large oil paintings and portraits in gold frames hang on the surrounding walls.
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Start your tour in the magnificent state entrance, where royals, politicians and peacemakers all enter the castle.

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Hillsborough Castle

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Two young girls look at a replica of a diamond silver tiara on a red display pillow in a historic room.
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Explore this stylish setting for Georgian entertainment, where Her Majesty The Queen still hosts dinners.

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Hillsborough Castle

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Visitors enjoying the State Drawing Room in Hillsborough Castle. A young couple are in the foreground sat on a 2-seater sofa, seemingly enjoying the views around them. The rest of the group are spread around the room; a HRP Explainer stands in the background.
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Discover contemporary Irish art from the collection of HRH The Prince of Wales in this elegant family space.

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Hillsborough Castle

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A lady stands in a Georgian room, looking around her at the gold-framed paintings adorning the Red Room. The walls are covered in deep red silk damask and a marble fireplace is visible. An older couple can be seen in the background, also looking at the paintings.
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Political history meets royal life and a spectacular collection of art, deep in the heart of Hillsborough Castle.

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Hillsborough Castle

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The staircase was painted by William Kent and completed in 1724. The walls depicts an elaborate arcaded gallery with figures behind a balustrade. Many are identifiable as members of King George I's court. The wrought iron balustrade is by Jean Tijou
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Discover the intriguing and unexpected characters depicted on the grand entrance to the King's State Apartments.

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Kensington Palace

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Cumberland Art Gallery highlights

Find out more about the gallery and the display of works from the Royal Collection at Hampton Court Palace.

Historic Royal Palaces Collections

Historic Royal Palaces Collections

Green and gold dragons on the Pagoda at Kew Palace

How we brought dragons back to Kew

80 new dragons now adorn the Great Pagoda at Kew once more, following a major conservation project by Historic Royal Palaces.