Discover a transformed Hillsborough Caste and Gardens, County Down, opening its doors to visitors daily for the first time on 10 April 2019. After five years, and a £20 million investment, Historic Royal Palaces has transformed this elegant Georgian house, unlocking the intriguing tapestry of stories hidden within.
Explore the Castle’s rich heritage by stepping into the exquisite state rooms that have been beautifully re-presented. New decorative schemes and artworks reflect the numerous tales that this famous residence has to tell. These plush interiors will be brought to life on guided tours led by the Castle’s team of expert explainers. New research has uncovered fascinating characters from the Castle’s past – from royalty, to statesmen. Discover them all in the new Visitor Centre set within the stunning Castle Estate.
As Spring awakens, visit the gardens, nestled in 100 acres of grounds, with many hidden gems to uncover. The breath-taking four-acre Walled Garden is not only a feast for the eyes, but where a team of local gardeners are cultivating fresh produce in the very spot that would once have served as Kitchen Garden and chief supplier to the residents of the house. The Lost Garden is a perfect spot for families to explore. Along with the famous Moss Walk and Parterre Garden, each of the gardens is lovingly and meticulously restored for all to enjoy.
For those wishing to delve deeper into the Castle’s legacy, the new Clore Learning Centre will be used as a creative and educational space to inspire schools and communities. The fascinating history of the Castle and gardens will be explored through hands-on activities, workshops and talks, ensuring there is something for everyone.
For more information and to book tickets, visit www.hrp.org.uk/hillsborough-castle