Hillsborough, County Down
The town of Hillsborough is dominated by the imposing Hillsborough Castle. A beacon of Georgian architecture, this royal residence is where Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the royal family stay while visiting Northern Ireland. There’s so much to see here: learn about historic events on a tour that unlocks a rich tapestry of stories, or amble the grand 18th century Walled Garden and admire exotic plants in The Lost Garden. The town is also the perfect place to indulge in some outstanding food. Established in 1758, the family-run Plough Inn combines the warm glow of good food with a homely atmosphere, while the Parson’s Nose is a Georgian pub renowned for its excellent seafood.