Hillsborough Castle tour
Hillsborough Castle is a late Georgian mansion built in the 1770s by Wills Hill, first Marquis of Downshire. This grand family home was later remodelled in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Since the 1980's Hillsborough has played an important role in the in the Northern Ireland peace process.
Today, the castle is a working royal palace functioning as the Royal Family's official residence in Northern Ireland, and it has been the home of the Secretary of State since the 1970s.
On your house tour, you will be guided through the elegant State Rooms - including the majestic Throne Room and graceful Drawing Room.
Every tour includes admission to the Castle's gorgeous gardens - contrasting ornamental grounds, peaceful woodland, meandering waterways and trimmed lawns.
Take a look at the statue of Ossian outside the main entrance, the Lady Alice Temple, the Quaker burial ground and the Ice House.
How to get there
Follow the brown tourist signs on the A1 south to the sign-posted car park entrance.
Drop off and collection points
Drop off and collection points for minibuses, coaches and taxis are located in the car park, accessible off the A1.
- baby changing
- free on-site parking