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Had an extremely knowledgeable guide who was very enthusiastic too. Such a lovely building with... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Denise F
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Little gem in Ulster countryside

We booked a visit to Hillsborough, largely unsignposted bearing in mind the significance of the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Mel D
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Main Street, Hillsborough BT26 6AG, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9268 1300
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All reviews guided tour northern ireland historic house gardens are beautiful drawing room historical significance high tea family photos dining room excellent visit interesting stories family stay real jewel royal palace worth a visit only criticism lovely walk
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Denise F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank Mel D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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

Thank Janet J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Cameron44
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful stately home with a rich tapestry of Royal , political and historical life and history. Take a tour of the building and listen to the wonderfullly enlightened guides who show real passion whilst describing paintings and the history of the home. It does feels...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

When this weekend to visit the castle due to a recommendation of a colleague, simply love it, you can only visit the castle with a guide, be aware any big bag packs will be retained in the reception area. The guides very knowledgeable and make...More

Thank Sonia E
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

Stunning period house (castle) and gardens. Of particular interest is the collection of fine art. A smooth and exemplary visitor experience from the warm greeting by the young lady at reception via the humorous security staff to the brilliant guide. The guide, Owen, was captivating...More

2  Thank paulsbagnall
Reviewed 17 September 2018

The tour of the castle takes about 45 minutes. It is informative and interesting - and they didn't object to a baby making noises and crawling around. You are then free to wander round the excellent gardens for as long as you wish. There is...More

Thank Kouyanet
Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

We attended the Castle for the tour mid-renovation. The guided tour was very informative and the guides knew the answer to every question. The gardens were spectacular and you can browse them at your leisure afterwards. Parking can be difficult so I would advise using...More

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2 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