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Discover Northern Ireland's royal residence.

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Hillsborough Castle is one of the most beautiful and interesting historic properties in Northern Ireland. It is the official residence of the Royal Family in Northern Ireland and has been the residence of the Secretary of State since the 1970s.

Built in the 1770s by Wills Hill, first Marquis of Downshire, the castle was the principal seat of the Marquis for over 200 years before passing into public ownership in 1922 when it became the sovereign’s official residence in Northern Ireland. Now the residence for the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, it is a working building, serving as the venue for official royal and state functions.

Hillsborough Castle is set in 96 acres of ornamental grounds, much of which was developed from the 1760s onwards. The grounds offer significant contrasts of woodland, waterways and formal and informal gardens with trimmed lawns and meadows as well as specimen trees and rare plants.

How to book

Bookings are required as access to the castle is by guided tour only. The gardens can be accessed at any time, without booking.

To make a booking, please call 0333 320 6000.

Please ensure that you bring your voucher to the castle to exchange it for your tickets.

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  • 10% discount at Historic Royal Palaces retail shops. This offer is not extended to your guests.
  • You will need to produce your entrance ticket and membership card to be entitled to the discount.
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Available between: 18th April to 30th November

Valid for one member and one guest.

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