Discover the Transformation of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens in 2019

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens in County Down – the iconic landmark – will open its doors to visitors daily for the first time on April 10, 2019.

Historic Royal Palaces’ Conservation and Collections Care team have spent years restoring the Castle’s exquisite State Rooms, as well as its 100 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. In doing so they have unlocked the intriguing tapestry of stories hidden within the elegant Georgian house.

The castle is only a 1 hour 45 minute drive from Dublin. Explore its rich heritage by stepping into the exquisite state rooms that have been beautifully re-presented. New decorative schemes and artworks reflect the numerous tales that this famous residence has to tell.

These plush interiors will be brought to life on guided tours led by the Castle’s team of expert explainers. New research has uncovered fascinating characters from the landmark’s past – from royalty, to statesmen. Discover them all in the new Visitor Centre set within the stunning estate.

As Spring awakens, visit the grounds with many hidden gems to uncover. The breath-taking four-acre Walled Garden is not only a feast for the eyes, but where a team of local gardeners are cultivating fresh produce in the very spot that would once have served as Kitchen Garden and chief supplier to the residents of the house. The Lost Garden is a perfect spot for families to explore. Along with the famous Moss Walk and Parterre Garden, each spot of greenery is lovingly and meticulously restored for all to enjoy.

For those wishing to delve deeper into the landmark’s legacy, the new Clore Learning Centre will be used as a creative and educational space to inspire schools and communities. The fascinating history of the castle and gardens will be explored through hands-on activities, workshops and talks, ensuring there is something for everyone.

For more information and to book tickets, visit here. Meanwhile to read Travel Ireland’s first-hand account of the new castle follow this link.

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