Historic Royal Palaces

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens is a unique heritage destination in Northern Ireland. The scene of social, political and historic events for nearly three centuries, the grand state rooms showcase fine and decorative art and tell the stories of history where it happened. The castle continues to create new histories in its ongoing role as residence of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, and home to Her Majesty The Queen and other members of the royal family when in Northern Ireland.

Visitors can explore 100 acres of beautiful gardens, including the restored 18th-century Walled Garden, the Imaginary Menagerie play trail, meandering waterways and picturesque glens. These gardens also have unique stories to tell, sometimes as a place of retreat for politicians including former resident Secretary of State Mo Mowlam who found respite in the tranquil Lady Alice’s Temple.

As well as a series of exciting seasonal events, visitors can enjoy delicious food and drink daily in our award-winning café, often using produce grown in the Walled Garden.

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens is looked after by Historic Royal Palaces, a team of people who love and look after six of the most wonderful palaces in the world. We create space for spirits to stir and be stirred. We want everyone to feel welcome and accepted. We tell stories about the monarchs you know and the lives you don’t. We let people explore and we set minds racing. We are a charity and your support gives the palaces a future, for everyone.

For more information visit hrp.org.uk