Hillsborough Castle

sights / Architecture

Hillsborough Castle information

Location
Hillsborough , Northern Ireland
Address
Main St
Telephone
+44 28 9268 1300
More information
www.hrp.org.uk
Prices
guided tour of castle & access to gardens adult/child £7.50/5.50, gardens only adult & child £3.50
Opening hours
gardens 9.30am-6pm Mar-Oct, to 4pm Mon-Sat Nov-Feb; castle hours vary Mar-Sep
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The British monarch's official Northern Ireland residence is this rambling, two-storey late-Georgian mansion, which was built in 1797 for Wills Hill, the first Marquess of Downshire and extensively remodelled in the 1830s and '40s. Book ahead for guided tours taking in the state drawing room and dining rooms, and the Lady Grey Room where, in 2003, Tony Blair and George W Bush held talks on Iraq.