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Velvet Vixen is perfectly placed in Edenmore House, only 15 minutes away from Hillsborough. Heres there’s a world of elegance and charm waiting to be explored. For those with a penchant for refined experiences, Hillsborough offers a plethora of attractions, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a taste of luxury and culture. So if you’re looking for things to do in Hillsborough, here are three must-visit places that exemplify the essence of Hillsborough:

Hillsborough Castle to open doors to visitors daily for the first time - The Irish News

1. Royal Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
Immerse yourself in regal splendour at the Royal Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. This historic gem, formerly a Georgian mansion and now an official royal residence, opens its doors to visitors. Stroll through meticulously landscaped gardens, adorned with vibrant blooms and tranquil water features. Marvel at the awe-inspiring architecture and rich history that surrounds you. A visit here promises an unforgettable glimpse into the grandeur of the past.

2. Walking Tours Hillsborough
For those who relish the opportunity to delve deeper into local history and culture, Walking Tours Hillsborough is a must. Knowledgeable guides will lead you on a captivating journey through the town’s storied streets. As you explore, you’ll uncover hidden gems, hear intriguing tales, and gain a profound appreciation for the area’s heritage. It’s an enriching experience that allows you to connect with Hillsborough’s past while savouring its present. These tours will walk you through a handful of the best things to do in Hillsborough, taking you from Ghosts to Modern Locals who have changed the world and discuss the history of the Hill Family.

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3. Hillsborough Fort and Courthouse
Discover the fortifications that have guarded Hillsborough for centuries at Hillsborough Fort and Courthouse. This well-preserved historic site offers a glimpse into the town’s tumultuous history. Explore the imposing fort, which once played a pivotal role in defending the town, and step inside the courthouse to gain insight into the local legal proceedings of bygone eras. It’s a journey through time that history enthusiasts won’t want to miss.


In the midst of all this cultural exploration, make sure to carve out some time for a visit to Velvet Vixen, located within the exquisite Edenmore House estate, just a short 10-15 minute drive from Hillsborough. While Hillsborough delights with its historical offerings, Velvet Vixen is a haven for those seeking contemporary elegance. Our boutique offers a carefully curated selection of luxurious fashion, perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re looking for the latest in high-end couture or a unique, stylish gift, Velvet Vixen has you covered. After a day of exploring Hillsborough, stop by Velvet Vixen to complete your day with a touch of sophistication.

Our boutique is delighted to offer a range of services, so whether you’re looking to sell your formal wear, hire a dress for a special occasion or simply wanting to peruse our collection for your next purchase, we have you covered. If you have any questions for our team here at Velvet Vixen, drop us a message over on our Contact Page.

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