Hillsborough Castle added to Historic Royal Palaces list

Date Posted: 26/04/2014

Historic Royal Palaces has taken over responsibility for the management of Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland.

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 in Northern Ireland, and has been the home of the secretary of state since the 1970s.

School trip organisers can arrange a group tour of the house between April and September, which will guide you through the state rooms, still in use today, including the Throne Room and Drawing Room.

Students can wander through 98 acres of beautiful gardens, developed from the 1760s onwards, offering a contrast of ornamental grounds, peaceful woodland, meandering waterways, and trimmed lawns.

Look out for the statue of Ossian outside the main entrance, the Lady Alice Temple, the Quaker Burial ground and an Ice House.

To buy tickets call 028-9268 1300 or e-mail hillsboroughcastle@hrp.org.uk

For further school trip information visit www.hrp.org.uk.

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