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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, Cultural
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English first
Gerrards Cross, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

go to the Hillsborough Castle museum. It isn't a big place but for locals its a must to read about the local area, the local court procedures, they have a fully set out Victorian court room which was used up until 1970's

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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We live locally and the park is excellent for a short stroll or a good workout walk. All the paths are very well maintained with the only downside being the multitude of dog walkers with their dogs off their leads. The Fort is good for kids. You can also walk from the park into the village centre for a coffee... More 

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Malton, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We were blessed with autimn sunshine during our stay. The walks around the grounds were splendid and very peaceful. Interesting layout.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We had a great tour guide with lots of knowledge and a good sense of humour. The castle is beautiful and the gardens which you can Walk through are simply stunning. Inside the castle you are shown around many rooms and told the stories about each room. You don't feel like you are in a museum-type place but more like... More 

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Co Down, N Ireland
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65 reviews 65 reviews
10 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We bought our tickets in the tourist information place in Hillsborough court house. You can visit the gardens any day from about 10.30-4.30 and it costs £3.50. We, however, wanted to see the inside of the castle and so paid for both house and gardens. Well worth it, our guide Robin was really well informed and had a very good... More 

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Norman, Oklahoma
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78 reviews 78 reviews
14 attraction reviews
171 helpful votes 171 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
33 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
4 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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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