20 minute drive From the hotel
Explore 100 acres of stunning gardens in the grounds of Northern Ireland's only royal residence. Afterwards, enjoy delicious food and drink in an award-winning café.
Hillsborough Castle, which is located in the village of Hillsborough in the north-west of County Down, is not a true castle. It is a Georgian country house built in the 18th century for the Hill family. Within the grounds of the castle are a number of trees planted by pasty residents of, and visitors to, the estate.
On your visit you will hear stories of celebration, entertainment, diplomacy, and negotiation as you explore Hillsborough Castle's fascinating history and stunning State Rooms. 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. Home to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland since the 1970s, Hillsborough Castle has played a central role in the peace-building process for 40 years. Hillsborough Castle's glorious gardens, developed from the 1760s onwards, are a joy to explore and include ornamental grounds, peaceful woodland, meandering waterways and picturesque glens. Keep an eye out for specimen trees and rare plants as you explore the grounds.