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  1. United Kingdom
  2. County Antrim
  3. Belfast
  4. Hillsborough Castle

Hillsborough Castle Guided Tour and Gardens Entrance Ticket

Product ID: 169867
Discover Hillsborough Castle's fascinating history through a 45-minute small group guided tour of the late Georgian mansion. Spend time exploring 100 acres of beautiful palace gardens on the day of your visit.
About this activity
Duration: 45 minutes
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Discover the stories and history of Hillsborough Castle in a 45-minute guided tour
  • See the elegant State Rooms within this Georgian home
  • Wander through 100 acres of beautiful gardens and sites
Full description
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. It's also 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.

Discover stories of celebration, entertainment, diplomacy, and negotiation as expert Explainers guide you through a 45-minute tour of Hillsborough Castle's fascinating history and stunning, newly re-presented State Rooms. This castle tour includes guided access to all 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.

Explore 100 acres of beautiful gardens, also included for the whole day in your ticket, to complete a relaxing day out for the whole family.
  • Guided tour of Hillsborough Castle State Rooms
  • Self-guided admission to the gardens

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Meeting point

Hillsborough Castle, The Square, Hillsborough. BT26 6AG

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Important information
Know before you go
Garden opening hours:
Monday - Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Last admission is one hour before closure.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 21 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.8 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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Rain held off to let us have walk round the gardens. Our tour was booked for three but the very kind staff changed it two as we had finished up earlier than expected. Lunch was wonderful. Seafood Chowder recommended. The tour of the house was very informative. Time was allowed to take photos and look at the amazing art work etc. The house is warm so we put our coats and bags into a locked box outside. There was a slight problem retrieving them as the security guard was called away. A short wait in the cold wasn’t great but the staff quickly solved the issue. Would recommend a visit.

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February 25, 2020

In a word, PERFECT. From the extensive carpark, the welcome, the ticket area, the fabulous Walled Garden (the storyteller), the driver of the disability vehicle, Andrew, Kieran, Mark and of course the castle itself, everything surpassed our expectations. We paid our visit yesterday. It was such a pleasure, we'll be going back soon. Congratulations, well done and thank you.

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July 21, 2019

Really Lovely Place

Hillsborough Castle Tour was really Good, Elizabeth our guide was really knew the history of the House and the surrounding area................. gardens were Lovely !!! I would recommend it

October 14, 2019

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Historic Royal Palaces

Product ID: 169867