Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

£2,500 - £10,000 for Venue Hire
Up to 350
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
Hillsborough Castle & Gardens is Northern Ireland's official royal residence and offers stunning interiors, glorious gardens and a peaceful, tranquil setting; all within 20 minutes of Belfast.
Hillsborough Castle and Gardens Pricing & Costs

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Our package prices include: - A personal service from one of our dedicated Event Planners - Wedding photography in acres of glorious gardens - Use of Hillsborough Castle's tables and chairs for your setups (not applicable for marquee site hire) - Security staff to assist on the day with guest arrival and car parking - Exclusivity of the site - we promise that no other weddings will take place at the same time as your own
What is included in this pricing:
Furniture included
Exclusive use
Hillsborough Castle and Gardens Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Country House
Manor House
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
Usual Access Time
09:00 AM
Usual Finish Time
11:00 PM
Late Night Extension

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Wedding Licence
Outdoor Ceremony Available


Water View
Grade I/II Listed Building
Landscaped Gardens
Exclusive Use
Marquee Permitted
Bridal Changing Facilities
Disabled Access
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space
In-House Wedding Coordinator

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted
No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
Hillsborough Castle and Gardens Full Description
This splendid Georgian mansion has a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces available for your big day. From the initial planning stages to the final moments, our small but dedicated events team will ensure that everything runs smoothly. The castle's state rooms are available for ceremonies, dinners and receptions throughout the year and can accommodate up to 120 people for a ceremony, up to 80 for a seated dinner and up to 120 for an evening (non-dancing) reception. Alternatively, dancing receptions for up to 350 people can be held at one of our stunning garden marquee sites. In the Spring and Summer months, why not make the most of the castle's stunning formal landscaped gardens which have breath-taking photo opportunities aplenty; with peaceful woodlands, meandering waterways, meadows and lawns. Of course, we can’t promise clear blue skies and uninterrupted sunshine – but thanks to our stunning marquee sites, you can rest assured that your big day will make a big impact, come rain or shine! The West Terrace and South Lawn Marquee Sites can accommodate up to 200 or 350 guests, and both are licensed for wedding ceremonies. In the Winter time, the castle is the place to be. With it's luxurious interiors and eye popping reds, greens and golds, it's a stunning winter wedding venue and offers timeless opulence and gracious spaces. Our Ceremony-Only Winter Wedding Package offers the opportunity to enjoy an intimate ceremony with your nearest and dearest, followed by a drinks reception and photos in the gorgeous Drawing Room overlooking the South Terrace. If you're looking to tie the knot during the festive season, you'll also benefit from a castle dressed to impress, with beautiful traditional decorations throughout. Help us to understand your vision, and we’ll help you make the most of this grand and gracious venue.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
Between 30 and 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Tamara & Sid
Happy couple married in March
April 2024
The most magical Venue
This venue was more than we could have ever imagined and really has the wow factor. We baught our guests over from Kent, England and they were amazed at the exclusivity of the castle. Vicky was amazing from start to finish, she really went out of her way to make our ceremony perfect. All the staff were brilliant and accommodating. Thank you so much!
Amy and Chris
Happy couple married in September
November 2022
Above and beyond
Vicky was absolutely amazing, from our first correspondence with her right up until leaving the day after the wedding. She went above and beyond to make our day run smoothly and we were so grateful for all she did.
Vincent & Annie
Happy couple married in August
August 2022
Truly Magical from Start to Finish
When we met Vicky we know instantly that we would be treated like royalty...she did not disappoint! The experience of getting married at Hillsborough Castle was truly magical from start to finish. Vicky made the whole thing run so smoothly. She anticipated our every wish and took all the pressure off. She helped with every detail and gave us the most incredible day, a delight to work with. The castle itself was a magnificent setting, topped off by being able to stay over. It was perfect. Thank you!
Stephanie & Alan
Happy couple married in August
August 2022
Helped us with all our Planning Needs
Vicky was fantastic and helped us with all our planning needs, even when we had a lot going on outside the wedding planning. The little touches didn’t go unnoticed by us and made it all that more special. The Hillsborough Castle staff on the night were great. Our guests commented on how much they enjoyed their tours throughout the evening.
Emma & Samir
Happy couple married in July
August 2022
The Best Day of my Life
The best day of my life! Kim and Debbie went above and beyond for myself during the planning stage and on the day of my wedding! So friendly, helpful and professional. We really received first class service throughout! Thank you all for making my dream wedding in Hillsborough Castle come true!
Hillsborough Castle and Gardens Location & Contact Details


Royal Hillsborough, County Down, Northern Ireland

Travel Notes

Ensure you come to our top (castle) entrance off Main Street in Royal Hillsborough village, and ignore the brown road signs that direct day visitors to our Main Car Park off the A1.

Nearest Town

Royal Hillsborough

Nearest Motorway & Junction


Nearest Train Station

Lisburn Railway Station

Nearest Airport

Belfast City Airport (25 mins drive)

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