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Hillsborough Castle

Main Street | Regional Head Office Rowallane Gardens, Hillsborough BT26 6AG, Northern Ireland
44 (0)28 9268 1309
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Type: Castles
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- Nov 5, 2013
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Norman, Oklahoma
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77 reviews 77 reviews
14 attraction reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens If you like castles or old homes, this is a beautiful 1770 building formerly belonging to the Governor of Northern Ireland. The queen stays here when in Northern Ireland. Gorgeous grounds and a quaint village and shops. The park dam or fort is a beautiful place to stroll.

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Comber, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013 via mobile

I visited Hillsborough Castle last Sunday with my family. Our guide was a charming lady called Judy. Judy was very welcoming & quickly realised that my Mum has hearing problems & without drawing attention to the fact she moved beside my Mum & encouraged us to sit on available seats (except HM's throne of course). In addition to the castle... More

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Visited this castle whilst the Queen's outfits during her visits to Ireland were on display. You have to book a visit at the tourist information centre as the number per tour is limited. Our guide obviously new her stuff and was able to add personal touches. The inside is great, still the official residence of the Secretary of State, and... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Had a great visit to this beautiful property during the time that some of the Queen's outfits were on display. The gardens are an absolute joy and the house itself most interesting. Lovely Tour Guide gave us a most enlightening tour in a very relaxed and non rushed way. After one and a half hours it felt like five minutes... More

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armagh
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65 reviews 65 reviews
4 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

I took my family on a tour of Government house and gardens.It was very well organised and we viewed some outfits worn by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. The house was beautiful and well maintained as were the magnificient gardens. The only blot on the landscape was the condition of the toilet block in the garden, an upgrade needed.

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Melbourne, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

We really enjoyed visiting the castle. We did not know the Queen had a residence there. The guide was informative and the whole tour was very interesting. Pop this one in your diary.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
19 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013 via mobile

With my inlaws visiting from England we wanted to have a family day out. My husband suggested the castle, I am embarrassed to say I had never been before - very much my loss. We were lucky enough to be the only people on our tour. We were welcomed by Charles - an absolute delight. He was so welcoming and... More

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Co Armagh
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Over the last two months, I have brought two groups to visit Hillsborough Castle as part of my WorldHost Customer Service Programme. The tours last about an hour and you are shown around the property by official tour guides who were very pleasant as well as telling stories about various aspects of the castle and its contents. With the family... More

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Ballycastle, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

Beautiful gardens. Castle very interesting. Tour guide was very good at her job. Very well kept. Would visit again if in the area.

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Mourne
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

This castle is situated on the edge of a massive estate and has superb views across an adjacent lake. In summer, especially at weekends the grounds can be fairly busy. In the winter months, however, they are an oasis of tranquillity. It's the ideal place to take your dogs for a walk, or bring small children and feed the ducks.... More

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