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Hillsborough Castle Gardens

Hillsborough Castle's glorious gardens are bursting with colour and are a joy to explore.

  • 4.7

  • from 1437 Google reviews

Lady Alice's Temple in from of a lake
Lady Alice's Temple in from of a lake

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About the garden

Discover ornamental grounds, peaceful woodland, meandering waterways and picturesque glens at Northern Ireland's royal residence.

Hillsborough Castle gardens offer unique features which include a Walled Garden, Yew Tree Walk, Moss Walk, the Lake and Lady Alice's Temple.

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.

These special gardens are a delight to the senses throughout the seasons and offer countless places to unwind, contemplate, socialise and seek inspiration.

Opening times

SUMMER - CASTLE AND GARDENS (06 APRIL - 02 OCTOBER) 06 April to 02 October 2022 - Castle and Gardens Wednesday – Sunday, 10.00-18.00 (last entry to Castle 16.00, last entry to Gardens 17.00) Additional bank holiday and school holiday opening days: Monday 11 April and Tuesday 12 April (Gardens only) Monday 18 April and Tuesday 19 April (Gardens only) WINTER - GARDENS ONLY (02 MARCH - 03 APRIL) 02 March to 03 April 2022 - Gardens Only Wednesday - Sunday: 10.00 - 17.00. Last admission 16.00

Useful details

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a cafe/restaurant.


Yes - There is a gift shop.

Lisburn and Castlereagh, BT26 6AG

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Lisburn and Castlereagh
BT26 6AG
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Google reviews

  • 4.7

  • from 1437 Google reviews

Julietta Watson

6 months ago


Love how the walled garden is always evolving so there is always new things to explore. The whole place has really come alive with lost of little things for kids to explore. A hidden swing, some echo tubes, a wildflower meadow. We visited during the Honey Fair and the kids loved the story telling tent and the great selection of local food stalls and crafts.

graham horton

7 months ago


Arrived without booking. Had to wait for availability of a castle tour but this worked out well as it gave time to explore the gardens and ground's and the outside of the building. Actually this was good to do before the house tour. The guide was enthusiastic and related events to specific parts of the house. Enjoyable, highly recommended.

The Belfast Viking Martin Brown

6 months ago


Right it's a nice day out but the house tour was far to short 5 rooms and you was out.You could do the whole thing on YouTube and save money.The shop was a lot of over priced tat. But the garden's we could have spent HRS walking around. How the tour guide was very good The ladies at the ticket sales fixed us out by getting us on a bus.The bus driver was very knowledgeable.And the guy who checked the ticket's was very helpful.But as I said the house tour was just far too short. It was simply the way in, plus a room between the sitting room and dining room and a small way out room.oh the long room with two chairs and a very expensive painting lol.

Chyrelle McAlister

6 months ago


Absolutely stunning gardens at Hillsborough Castle! Had the pleasure of visiting for the Honey Festival on the 7th of August and was amazed at how beautiful the grounds were. We didn't visit the Castle, but definitely plan to. It is a little expensive, but after seeing the gardens, I feel that it is worth it.

Margaret Crosthwaite

8 months ago


Lovely place had a coffee in its café then had a walk in its walled garden n lost garden. The place is a gem its peaceful but noisy. The noise is from the birds or the the stream at the lost garden. You can just hear the cars on the main road but wen you sit under one of the trees you lose time n yourself in the atmosphere. We didn't go upto the castle this time as I can't walk far but hopefully next time.

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