Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, Hillsborough

#3 of 40 in Historic Sites in County Down
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Hillsborough Castle is an official government residence in Northern Ireland. It is the residence of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, and the official residence in Northern Ireland of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the British Royal Family when they visit the region, as well as a guest house for prominent international visitors.
From 1924 until the post's abolition in 1973, it was the official residence of the Governor of Northern Ireland. Since April 2014, it has been managed by Historic Royal Palaces, and is open to the public on certain dates.
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  • Lovely lunch in the courtyard garden, all the food was delicious ... would recommend the pies and sausage rolls but really everything’s delicious. I’m going to be bold and say it was the best pie of....  more »
  • Visited cafe today with elderly parents. Have to order food via the app and pay by card was told no other option available. With an iPhone the app does not always work first time so had to call a...  more »
  • A lovely day out both for a family with children and for adults only. You do need a good amount of time to enjoy it all though. We saw the gardens and went for a tour around the castle. Our two guides were very nice and the tour was very engaging. We liked the place so much that we took out a yearly membership there. Looking forward to going back. Would gladly recommend visiting.
  • This place is quite historic to me. I remembered this is where I sworned my British citizenship 7 years ago.. Glad they opened it now for the public.. The tour is very informative especially if you are a fan of the Royal family.. The garden is nice and the cafe served great food... Will be back with my young ones someday.
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