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New Quality Walk Fit for a Queen - Hillsborough Castle Boundary Trail

Mar
22
2016

Walk in the footsteps of Presidents and Princesses and visit a working royal residence whilst exploring 96 acres of stunning gardens on this brand new quality walk recently added to WalkNI.com!

The Hillsborough Castle Boundary Trail takes walkers on a 1.6 mile circular walk past spectacular gardens, impressive 150 year old Lime Trees, Quaker Burial ground, Ice House, a serene Temple water and Pond and of course Hillsborough Castle itself.

Developed in the 1760s the gardens offer walkers a contrast of ornamental grounds, woodland, waterways and lawns and feature a magnificent ‘Cornish Red’ Rhododendron, which is in the Guinness Book of World Records as being the largest specimen of its type in the world.

As well as the Boundary trail other shorter distance routes are available on site, namely the Castle, Glen and Lake Walks.

The gardens are open to the public all year round from 10:00 until sunset, an admission charge of £3.50 applies. Tickets can be bought on the day at the Visitor Information Centre based in the Court House or in advance by calling 028 9268 1376.  Guided garden tours are available for groups on request.

Once you have explored the impressive gardens why not take in the grandeur and hear about the fascinating history of the royal residence with a guided tour of the Castle? The late Georgian mansion was built in the 1770s by Wills Hill, first Marquis of Downshire and was later remodelled in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Today, it is a working royal palace functioning 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.  A tour of the house will guide you through the elegant State Rooms, still in use today, including the majestic Throne Room and graceful Drawing Room.

Castle tours begin on 20th March 2016 and are open daily until 3rd April and then from 2nd July-4th September.  For more information visit the Historic Royal Palaces Website

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