Introducing Hillsborough

Hillsborough is a name familiar to British ears, as it is the official residence of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Hillsborough Castle is also used to entertain visiting heads of state (US presidents George W Bush and Bill Clinton have both enjoyed its hospitality). This is the Queen's official residence when she is in Northern Ireland.

The elegant little town was founded in the 1640s by Colonel Arthur Hill, who built a fort here to quell Irish insurgents. Fine Georgian architecture rings the square and lines Main St.

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