As the official residence of the Royal Family in Northern Ireland, Hillsborough Castle is well versed in hosting spectacular wedding celebrations. This impressive Georgian mansion is situated just outside Belfast and boasts a variety of atmospheric spaces, both indoor and outdoor, to create the perfect setting for a fairy tale wedding.
Hillsborough Castle’s 100 acres of lush grounds provide an oasis of calm for summer wedding parties. Ornamental gardens, peaceful woodland, meandering waterways and immaculate lawns create an idyllic atmosphere and form a spectacular backdrop for photo opportunities aplenty. The grounds offer marquee sites on the South Lawn for up to 350 guests, providing protection against the elements whilst forming a magical space for couples to celebrate their special day.
Inside the magnificent Georgian mansion are a number of beautifully ornate State Rooms, perfect for evening receptions, blessing ceremonies and intimate gatherings. Following a refurbishment programme, these stunning spaces will once again be available from August 2018. The State Drawing Room, a large welcoming space that was once a library, is a favourite for standing drinks receptions and provides a wonderful backdrop for wedding photography. Antique furniture, a marble fireplace and large sash windows give the space a homely feel, with guests enjoying views over the beautiful grounds from the adjoining terrace.
The State Dining Room is a luxurious setting for guests to soak up the history of the notable figures who have dined here as well as marvel at the crystal chandelier and ornate carpets, adorned with Northern Ireland’s national flower. The space is also home to some splendid works of art from the Royal Collection, further enhancing the historical and prestigious setting.
The castle’s largest and most versatile space is the Throne Room, housing two regal red and gold chairs of state against a silk coat of arms and often used by the Royal Family for state functions. Hung with paintings by old masters, this ‘saloon’ space was once three smaller rooms, but has been opened out to create a stunning setting for up to 120 guests to enjoy an evening ceremony or reception amongst gold frames and elegant drapes.
Whether looking for a classic white wedding or a more personal, intimate celebration, Hillsborough Castle delivers an unforgettable experience with its elegant surroundings and relaxed, intimate atmosphere – there’s something for every couple in this timeless oasis.
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