Embark on a romantic journey through the picturesque landscapes and charming towns and villages of Lisburn & Castlereagh, where every corner reveals hidden gems waiting to be discovered.  

From quaint villages to sprawling parks, from historic sites to culinary delights, there's something to enchant every couple seeking a memorable escape. Join us as we map out the ultimate itinerary for a romantic weekend retreat, filled with adventure, relaxation, and the magic of discovery in Lisburn & Castlereagh. 

Explore the history of Royal Hillsborough 

Take a leisurely stroll through the village of Royal Hillsborough and uncover the historic gem of Hillsborough Fort, once the residence of the prominent Hill family, after whom the town is named. Dating back to the 17th century, this distinctive fort sits next to St Malachy’s Church (1773), against the backdrop of Hillsborough Forest, which offers a number of scenic walking trails. On ceremonial occasions the Hillsborough Fort Guard are a spectacular sight in their uniforms, the design of which dates back to 1688.  

Enjoy artisan delights at Round House Bakery 

Make a stop at Round House Artisan Bakery (open Friday & Saturday 9am-2pm), which stands as a testament to the culinary creativity of its owners, local couple Hannah and Shane Donaldson. Renowned far and wide for its exquisite Sourdough breads and delicious range of pastries, their dedication and passion have transformed their venture into an award-winning establishment. Don’t leave without trying their amazing filled Sourdough Cornetti. 

Browse for that ‘special something’ at in klöver 

At in klöver, encounter a haven for locally crafted goods, showcasing the talents of artisans and makers from across the UK, Ireland, and beyond. Enjoy an enchanting shopping experience brimming with unique, handmade treasures, where every item offered is thoughtfully sourced from independent creators, ensuring sustainability and transparency at every turn. From local artwork and prints to ceramics and pottery or jewellery and textiles to candles and soaps - in klöver is the perfect place to pick up that special gift or simply to spoil yourself.  

Discover luxury fashion at Elää 

Discover elää, the newest destination for fashion and lifestyle aficionados in Royal Hillsborough. Immerse yourself in a meticulously curated selection of timeless styles infused with a touch of luxury. Each item is thoughtfully chosen to exude sophistication and elegance, awaiting your discovery in a welcoming and customer-centric atmosphere. 

Meet the maker at Jill Graham Jewellery 

Jill Graham has established herself as a prominent figure in the world of contemporary jewellery, drawing inspiration from the beauty of her surroundings, infusing her creations with a touch of the region's natural splendor. Jill’s works grace the shelves of selected galleries and shops across the country and she has recently opened her own boutique on Lisburn Street in the village of Royal Hillsborough. A delightful gem for all jewellery enthusiasts, step upstairs to browse a charming selection of her own creations, but also make time to admire her exquisite craftsmanship firsthand in the downstairs workshop. 

Hillsborough Castle & Gardens 

Visiting Hillsborough Castle and Gardens is a journey into the heart of Northern Ireland's rich history and natural beauty. As the official residence of the Royal Family when they are in Northern Ireland, the castle offers a glimpse into centuries of royal heritage and political intrigue. Wander through the opulent State Rooms, where monarchs and world leaders have gathered for centuries, and explore the meticulously manicured gardens, which boast a stunning array of flora and fauna. From the tranquil beauty of the Lady Alice's Temple to the vibrant blooms of the Walled Garden, every corner of the estate exudes charm and elegance. Guided tours provide fascinating insights into the castle's storied past, while special events and exhibitions offer opportunities for deeper exploration. Whether strolling through the gardens, admiring the architecture, or delving into history, a visit to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens promises an unforgettable experience.  

Dinner & Drinks at The Pheasant 

The Pheasant in Annahilt beckons with its gothic-inspired design and enchanting ambiance, adorned with vibrant mural art and stained glass windows that perfectly complement its serene countryside location. Guests are welcomed into a comfortable and intriguing dining environment, where they can unwind and indulge in culinary delights. The menu at The Pheasant is a testament to their commitment to excellence, featuring the finest locally sourced produce, including game from the nearby Larchfield Estate, as well as a tantalizing array of global ingredients and dishes. Whether you're craving a taste of traditional Irish fare or seeking out exotic flavors from distant lands, The Pheasant promises a culinary journey that will delight the senses and satisfy the palate.  

A luxury glamping experience at The Pods at Streamvale 

Experience the allure of the countryside with an overnight stay at The Pods at Streamvale, offering a perfect blend of comfort and adventure. Nestled in the serene landscapes of County Down, these cosy accommodations provide a unique escape, featuring modern amenities alongside rustic charm. Relax in the luxury of your private outdoor jacuzzi before cooking up a storm on the barbeque grill, then unwind under the stars after a day of exploration. Wake up to the symphony of nature and picturesque views before stepping outside to explore the farm's delights. Meet friendly farm animals, stroll through picturesque meadows, and indulge in the tranquility of rural life. Whether it's a romantic retreat, a family getaway, or a peaceful break, The Pods at Streamvale offer an unforgettable experience.