Bars and restaurants
The Hillside is a charming, rustic pub situated in the historic Georgian village of Hillsborough, County Down, only 15 minutes drive from Belfast city centre.
The Plough Inn is set in the picturesque village of Hillsborough and is straight off the main Belfast to Dublin road; so why not pull in & enjoy a friendly pint in the bar, a hearty pub lunch or a gastronomic delight in the evening.
The Parsons Nose
The Parson’s Nose comes with a pedigree that’s melded into the very fabric of the building. Built by the first Marquis of Downshire in the late 1700s, this simple yet elegant Georgian townhouse has today been transformed into a characterful and charming dining pub.
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Discover Northern Ireland
The official site from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board includes details of tourist attractions, transport, accommodation from hotels to hostels and camping, and much more.
Official Website of Tourism Ireland for visitors to Ireland. Information on accommodation in Ireland, maps of Ireland, Irish culture & activities in Ireland.
Down Royal Racecourse
Down Royal Racecourse has brought the “Sport of Kings” to generations of people in Ulster since the 17th Century and is proud to boast some of the most modern facilities for any racegoer.
Titanic Belfast® extends over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition, drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features to explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way; from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her infamous maiden voyage and catastrophic demise. The journey goes beyond the aftermath of the sinking, to the discovery of the wreck and continues into the present day with a live undersea exploration centre.
Hillsborough Tourist Information Centre
The award-winning TIC offers a wide range of services including bureau de change and accommodation booking throughout Ireland and mainland UK. An excellent range of maps, guides, gifts and crafts are available. Admission free. Open all year. Facilities: gift shop, public toilets.
Hillsborough Castle and Park
Impressive 18th-century mansion, built in the 1770s by Wills Hill, first Marquis of Downshire. Formerly the home of the Governor of Northern Ireland, the mansion is now the official residence of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. See the State Drawing Room, Dining Rooms and the furniture, silver from HMS Nelson. Within the grounds is Europe’s largest rhododendron bush. Extensive rose garden, lakeside walks.
Hillsborough Oyster Festival (September)
From the 6th – 9th September. Ireland’s number 1 oyster festival in the picturesque village of Hillsborough, Co. Down will celebrate it’s 20th anniversary.
Garden Show Ireland (May)
The 2013 Airtricity Garden Festival takes place in the magnificent surroundings of Hillsborough Castle on Friday 17 May, Saturday 18 May and Sunday 19 May 2013. Some 20,000 visitors are expected from throughout the island of Ireland and beyond to Northern Ireland’s premier gardening event of the year.