Hillsborough Castle

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Hillsborough Castle is the official residence of the Queen when she’s in Northern Ireland, as well as the residence of the Secretary of State. Located a short motorway drive from central Belfast it’s a lovely village setting.

The State Rooms weren’t open during our visit, but we had a quiet wander round the extensive grounds.20140802-114017-42017543.jpg

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The house featured a taste of Greece with this Temple…

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A beautiful sculpted yew tree walk leads to a small pond, complete with another Temple, dedicated to Lady Alice Hill, one of the family who gave their name to the town and called this grand Georgian house home.

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It’s a working palace, and who wouldn’t want these views from their office. Historic Royal Palaces have recently taken over the site, so hopefully it’ll see more visits in the years to come.

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