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Hillsborough Castle - the Jewel in the Village

Hillsborough Castle - The Jewel in the Village

The doors of Hillsborough Castle temporarily closed on the 1st October for major works which will see this fabulous jewel in the crown of the village transform into one of Northern Ireland’s most desirable tourist attractions.

At a recent meeting with the management team at Hillsborough Castle, Council representatives discussed upcoming investment events in London which the Council will attend and how working in partnership with Historic Royal Palaces will ensure key benefits from the anticipated surge in visitors to the area and the demand for hotel accommodation as a result, can be maximised. 

Speaking at the visit, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, MBE, said: “The Council enjoys a close relationship with Historic Royal Palaces and it is very encouraging to learn about their planned major works and what will this will mean for our local economy.  We will work with the management of the Castle wherever we can in marketing the village of Hillsborough and promoting this beautiful historic site to the widest possible audience.”

Head of Hillsborough Castle, Patricia Corbett, said: “Historic Royal Palace’s plans to transform Hillsborough Castle into an engaging and inspirational visitor destination and place for learning are now well underway. Hillsborough Castle holds a unique place in the history of Northern Ireland and we are looking forward to sharing its rich and varied stories with the widest possible audience. We are truly excited for the future of the Castle which we anticipate will see our new visitor facilities and enhanced experience attract over 200,000 visitors per year.  In turn we hope this will impact positively in the community and present many opportunities for the local economy.”

“We welcome the full support of our local Council and we look forward to working with them to realise the full potential of this great asset in Lisburn.”

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