It’s not unusual in Ireland for a house to be known as a ‘castle’. However, Hillsborough Castle is actually a Georgian country house – and it’s one of our finest.
Today, it is the official residence of the royal family in Northern Ireland, and home to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. This graceful house boasts a rich history of royal occasions and state affairs; from its 18th century origins as home to Wills Hill, Secretary of State for the Colonies, to its place as a working royal residence and role as secluded venue for Irish and British politicians discussing the Peace Process.
Now, you can enjoy the same elegant spaces and professional service previously reserved for presidents and princesses. Set within 100 acres of spectacular gardens, this inspiring and historic setting makes it a unique and memorable venue for dinners, receptions, meetings, corporate away-days and other celebrations.
Combined, the stunning State Rooms provide capacity for receptions for up to 250 guests and dinners for up to 80 guests, and include the elegant State Dining Room, the impressive Throne Room and the relaxed Drawing Room. For larger events, a marquee in the beautiful gardens can host up to 350 for receptions or dinners, and can host up to 5,000 guests for open-air concerts or events.
What Makes Us So Special?
- Official working residence of the Royal family in Northern Ireland.
- Over 100 acres of beautiful gardens to explore.
- Played a central role in Northern Ireland’s peace-building process.
"Hillsborough Castle has been our venue of choice for the past three years. We’re always made to feel so welcome in the grand and beautiful surroundings of the castle which makes a huge difference to us and our guests. The venue is easily accessible as it's just 20 minutes from Belfast which makes it highly convenient for arranging transport for our guests. The staff are so friendly and accommodating which makes planning any event so much easier and stress-free - our events always run smoothly and efficiently from start to finish."
Valerie Rossborough, Dairy Council Northern Ireland