The most recent addition to the Historic Royal Palaces family will open its doors fully to all visitors in April 2019.
Hillsborough Castle has been a grand family home and is now the official home of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, and a royal residence.
Her Majesty The Queen stays at Hillsborough, as do other members of the Royal Family when visiting Northern Ireland.
Viewed by some as a politically neutral venue, Hillsborough has played an important role in the Peace Process in Northern Ireland since the 1980s.
In 2014, Historic Royal Palaces took over the running of Hillsborough Castle and began an ambitious project to restore the house and gardens to its former glory.
Hillsborough Castle’s State Rooms have now been fully re-presented and the magnificent garden renovations fully realised.
The addition of a new coach park for 16 coaches, a group’s welcome area and catering facilities will make this a key stop on any operator’s itinerary.
Hillsborough Castle’s glorious gardens are bursting with colour and are a joy to explore. Discover ornamental grounds, peaceful woodland, meandering waterways and picturesque glens at Northern Ireland’s royal residence.
The historic gardens, which were developed from the 1760s onwards, offer intriguing contrasts between ornate formal gardens, woodland and meadows. Keep an eye out for specimen trees and rare plants as you explore the grounds.