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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 1329 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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Hillsborough Castle Gardens
Lisburn and Castlereagh
BT26 6AG
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Google reviews

  • 4.7

  • from 1329 Google reviews

Nicola McCoy

3 weeks ago


absolutely stunning gardens and park to walk around. very interesting sensory walk and other fun surprises in the grounds. tour is well worth forking out for the tour guides are very professional and very happy to answer any questions. you can't take pictures inside the castle.

William O Donnell

a month ago


A lovely place to visit. Definitely well worth a place to go too.Very friendly staff. The tour of the castle is amazing .so much History

Sandy Ingram

2 weeks ago


We were exceptionally disappointed to see that the gift shop had absolutely no merchandise available to celebrate the Queen's platinum jubilee. Not even a tea towel! Also, when we went to pay for a fridge magnet we were asked to use a credit/debit card as they do not accept cash!! Get yourselves sorted! We should be excited to celebrate such a momentous occasion!

Larisa Barretto

a month ago


Beautiful place and amazing gardens. All staff was extremely warm and welcoming. My kids had a great experience. Would definitely go back again.

Sarah O' Kane

a week ago


Great day out. Beautiful gardens. Castle tour very good. Great cafe. Lovely coffee and food.

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0300 061 2000

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