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Hillsborough Castle Boundary Trail

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Enjoyable walk through the historic Hillsborough Castle Gardens

Wander through the 98 acres of beautiful gardens of Hillsborough Castle. The gardens were developed from the 1760s onwards, and offer the visitor a contrast of ornamental grounds, woodland, waterways and lawns. The Castle itself, built in the 1770s, is a working royal palace that functions as the official residence of the Royal Family when they are in Northern Ireland, and it has been the home of the Secretary of State since the 1970s.

The Castle reopened its doors to visitors in July 2018 after completing extensive renovations on its State Rooms. The final stages of Hillsborough Castle’s transformation are still underway as work continues ready for April 2019.