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Address: Main Street, Hillsborough BT26 6AG, Northern Ireland
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+44 28 9268 1309

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An Intimate Castle with Amazing Gardens

I was very excited to learn Hillsborough Castle was open to visitors. It's a beautiful place, and our guide, Elizabeth, did a superb job. She combined history with anecdote, was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was very excited to learn Hillsborough Castle was open to visitors. It's a beautiful place, and our guide, Elizabeth, did a superb job. She combined history with anecdote, was immensely knowledgeable and approachable, spoke clearly and managed the group well. We were able to sit on the sofas and chairs, which somehow made it more special. I'd go back.... More 

Thank Southwalker
Dublin Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2016 via mobile

Unfortunately we were unable to visit Hillsborough Castle as it was closed today. It looks impressive and will shall return to take the tour. It is the official residence of the Queen in Northern Ireland and the venue for the signing of the Anglo Irish peace agreement in 1985. Hillsborough was a small market town and is now a commuter... More 

Thank motorcar1
Hillsborough, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

Our guide was very knowledgeable of all aspects of the history of the castle. She also added a bit of light hearted banter so it didn't feel like a history lesson. My American guests were very impressed

Thank Barbara L
Ferndown, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

This historic house is where the Queen stays when in Ireland. Very interesting to look round most of the rooms, the furniture, décor, paintings etc. We were lucky as part of our tour we ha cream tea etc. The guide was very friendly. There are extensive gardens which we did not get to see as it was pouring with rain.... More 

Thank Iaon1967
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154 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016

Hillsborough Castle is home to the Queen when she visits Belfast and it's a stunning property with beautiful gardens. Well worth a visit.

Thank LCBLondon
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

Brilliant, informal, short guided tour of the House which lasted just under an hour. Turned up early so got 40 mins in the gardens too which are well worth a look and could keep you occupied for quite some time on their own. Guide was very pleasant and welcoming with a lot of good factual stories throughout the tour, pointing... More 

Thank PHK65
Leeds, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

A great insight into the history of the castle, from being built, right through to its current day functions, with a glimpse into some key political moments. A much more friendly and casual affair than these sorts of things usually are, you can walk right through the rooms, take a seat around the tables and plenty of photo opportunities. The... More 

Thank swwebb1
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170 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

Rather confusing to buy tickets - go to the tourist office in the court house - then go over to the castle. I think this is changing in the future as new visitor centre planned Tours on the hour Reasonable price - especially when compared to Buckingham Palace, Windsor etc! Excellent tour guide - really enthusiastic and knowledgable Very interesting... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

Paid the gardens a visit at the weekend on our way to Belfast. Castle tours have to be booked in advance, but we weren’t in a position to do so due to our itinerary, so we had to make do with visiting the gardens only. The grounds of the castle are huge, and unfortunately our visit to the gardens was... More 

Thank DubTwosome
Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

Went to Hillsborough Castle when we had friends staying with us from Scotland. We arrived in time for our tour and the guide was very good lots of information and spoke clearly and loud enough for everyone to hear without shouting. The palace is lovely and very interesting, the gardens are lovely and very pleasant to walk round. Definately well... More 

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