Explore 100 acres of stunning gardens in the grounds of Northern Ireland’s only royal residence. Afterwards, enjoy delicious food and drink in our award-winning café. Discover stories of celebration, entertainment, diplomacy, and negotiation as you explore Hillsborough Castle’s fascinating history and stunning State Rooms. Access is to the State Rooms that make up this elegant Georgian home including the grand Throne Room, relaxing State Drawing Room, Lady Grey’s Study, State Dining Room, Red Room and Stair Hall. Our expert castle hosts will also be on hand to share details of the historic rooms. You can also explore 100 acres of beautiful gardens, which are also included in your ticket, to complete a relaxing day out for the whole family.
From grand family home to charming royal residence, Hillsborough Castle has welcomed the world and witnessed pivotal moments in history for over three hundred years. The castle is the official Northern Ireland residence of HM The Queen. Leading members of the Royal Family have regularly visited Northern Ireland since 1922, using Hillsborough as their ceremonial and personal base. It’s also been home to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland since the 1970s and has played a central role in the peace-building process for 40 years.