Hillsborough Castle, Hillsborough

Hillsborough Castle is a Georgian mansion house which sits at the heart of Hillsborough Village, located near Belfast. It holds a unique place in Northern Ireland’s history and since 1922 it has served as its official royal residence. The castle is surrounded by 96 acres of beautiful gardens comprising peaceful woodland, meandering waterways and ornamental formal gardens.
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  • The only way around the castle is by guided tour, which takes about an hour and is led by a friendly informative tour guide. You don't see the whole castle (it still functions as Government offices), ...  more »
  • We didn't visit the castle, because all tours were booked, and had to do with the gardens. They're really beautiful, large, varied and well kept. The kids booklet contains missions around the garden a...  more »
  • This is a grand venue and the weather was brilliant so a stroll through the gardens was really beautiful. The place attracts many visitors though a number were associated with tours and were including...  more »
  • Such s great tour by the guide. I found the grounds beautiful and very well looked after
  • A working estate that is run so well. The guide we had was so knowledgeable and great fun. The art and antiques are wonderful. Would highly recommend to all.
  • The Queen's home in Northern Ireland. Security is tight but friendly and the gardens are stunning. Plenty of good places to eat in the village. Hillsborough is a quaint little place with lots to see within walking distance.
  • Very beautiful gardens. Many prominent people have stayed here including presidents and the queen. Very historical.
  • Beautiful place! Gorgeous gardens and the poshest public loos I've ever seen!

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