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Hidden Gem in Northern Ireland

Until a few months ago while watching a television show about the Royal residences, I was not aware... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Beautiful Hidden Gem in Northern Ireland

Our visit to Hillsborough Castle was one of the highlights of our trip to Northern Ireland. We had... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jack M
Brighton, United Kingdom
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Main Street, Hillsborough BT26 6AG, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Until a few months ago while watching a television show about the Royal residences, I was not aware of Hillsborough's existence. We were on a bus tour thru Northern Ireland and this was offered as an optional tour. The castle is located in the middle...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our visit to Hillsborough Castle was one of the highlights of our trip to Northern Ireland. We had never heard of it before we booked our trip and are so happy we took the time to visit. The building, rooms and gardens are all beautiful...More

4  Thank Jack M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited at the beginning of the month with family, great tour and amazing to see the building after recent renovations. A special thank you to Andrew on the gate for his added insight on the castle and for taking our family photograph. You all...More

4  Thank stephencU9831LP
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Until I saw a PBS special on the Queen's residences in the UK, I had no idea she had a place here. It's right in the middle of the village. The tour guide was excellent and made it very interesting! It's not your typical 'castle'...More

3  Thank Howard M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a really informative tour of the property, some fantastic paintings which I did not expect. Gardens are lovely and a lot of work is taking place in the grounds to develop a visitor centre and coffee shop- would visit again when work complete...More

3  Thank dizzyizzy1
Reviewed 9 October 2018

Had an extremely knowledgeable guide who was very enthusiastic too. Such a lovely building with some amazing pictures too. The gardens were just lovely with very traditional planting. They are doing a lot of expansion such as a car park, as at the moment there...More

3  Thank Denise F
Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

We booked a visit to Hillsborough, largely unsignposted bearing in mind the significance of the building in recent political events. Amazed when we arrived for the tour to find that we were the only ones booked in. Excellent personalised tour with a knowledgable and witty...More

3  Thank Mel D
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Gardens are pleasant - but not a must do without the castle entry. Unfortunately the castle was closed for a 'ceremony for local dignitaries'. Personally having travelled to NI specifically to see the castle [as Historic Royal Castle Members] it was very frustrating to be...More

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Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile

Understand this is a fairly recent addition to the visitor attractions to N Ireland. You only see the ground floor rooms,royal apartments are not on the schedule. There are a great many works of art on show, Lely portrait and even one by the Prince...More

3  Thank JanetJ779
Reviewed 20 September 2018

I'm from NI but had never visited the Castle before but decided to take American relatives to visit today. Castle is full of interesting pieces and our guide (Chloe) was so knowledgeable and made the whole experience interesting and entertaining. The castle is so beautiful...More

3  Thank Cameron44
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1 September 2018|
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Response from pamelajeanettewhite | Reviewed this property |
Sorry but on the day i was there there was no dogs, but you could give them a call and they will tell you.
24 March 2018|
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Response from MelbourneChrissy | Reviewed this property |
The state rooms are on the ground floor and are accessible to those with limited mobility. Wheelchairs are allowed but not mobility scooters. Wheelchairs can be borrowed on arrival. Most of the gardens are accessible but... More
27 August 2017|
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Response from Della B | Reviewed this property |
Yes suitable for all ages interested in Irish history and the royal family