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Historic Royal Palaces unveils functions and events facilities at Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland

Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland exterior
Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland is set to undergo a major development project, improving the experience for day visitors and event guests.
Independent charity Historic Royal Palaces assumed responsibility for Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland in April 2014 and is undertaking a major transformation of the site, including the creation of new visitor facilities and a dedicated Clore Learning Centre. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2019.


As part of the project, the Castle will be made more accessible, enabling the venue to become a leading visitor destination and a place for reflection and learning about centuries of history. The investment programme will also see the re-presentation of the Throne Room, Drawing Room and Staircase Hall to provide newly-conserved spaces for functions and events.

Debbie McCamphill, Visitor and Events manager at Hillsborough Castle, says: “We are excited to see our major project at Hillsborough Castle take shape over the next few years. Enabling works are already underway in both the castle and gardens with the major project building works due to be completed in 2019. In the interim, the Castle is open for private hire with weddings, conferences and events continuing to take place within the fantastic historic setting of Hillsborough Castle.”

Hillsborough Castle offers a range of inspiring and versatile spaces to accommodate events from small meetings to large seminars or conferences of up to 130 delegates theatre-style in the Throne Room. The Castle makes an ideal base for corporate away days, with the entire ground floor available to hire exclusively for large events, with total capacity for 400 guests, while the 96 acres of gardens are easily able to accommodate corporate activities, festivals and concerts.

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