Our visit to explore the redevelopment of Hillsborough Castle came about thanks to our (paid) ambassadorship with Historic Royal Palaces (HRP). Throughout the summer months, we’ll be using our Historic Royal Palaces membership to gain access to some of the country’s most beautiful palaces; exploring the bedrooms and ballrooms once graced by wayward kings and illustrious queens. To find out more about a HRP membership, please see here. Watching Belfast’s skyline flash by, our taxi headed out of the city and towards a destination that I’d been excited to visit ever since our HRP ambassadorship began. We were here to explore the redevelopment of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, located in north-west County Down. Since its grand opening in April 2019, I’d heard gushing reports about this royal residence; with testimonies of its homely decor, royal family photographs and newly restored walled garden. They were stories that had left me convinced that if I was lucky enough, I might just catch a glimpse of a royal wandering the grounds. Naturally, anticipation was high as we entered the picture-perfect village of Hillsborough, a mere twenty minutes later. An unassuming place filled with colourful homes and pretty shops, this village is perhaps not the […]
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