Hillsborough, County Down

This article is about the village in County Down. For other uses, see Hillsborough.
Irish: Cromghlinn

Hillsborough Castle
 Hillsborough shown within County Down
Population 3,400 (2001 Census)
DistrictLisburn and Castlereagh
CountyCounty Down
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode district BT26
Dialling code 028
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK ParliamentLagan Valley
NI AssemblyLagan Valley
List of places
Northern Ireland

Coordinates: 54°27′43″N 6°04′59″W / 54.462°N 6.083°W / 54.462; -6.083

Former Market House – the Court House and Tourist Information Office

Hillsborough is a village, townland and civil parish in County Down, Northern Ireland, situated 19 km (12 mi) from the city of Belfast. It is within the Lisburn and Castlereagh District Council area.

The historic centre of the village contains significant amounts of Georgian architecture. The village was originally a compact settlement hosting a regular market. More recently land to the north of the village has been developed as housing and Hillsborough has become part of the commuter belt of Belfast. In recent years townhouses and apartments have been built closer to the centre of the village, and the former civic building of Lisburn Borough Council has been converted to residential use. That building is in twentieth century neo-Georgian style. Development to the east of the village is continuing to swell Hillsborough's population. The associated settlements of Culcavy and Aghnatrisk to the north-west are also growing.

A prominent feature of the east and south approaches to Hillsborough is a 5-mile wall which encloses the "Park Dam", an artificial lake, and the forest surrounding it.

In 2007 Hillsborough won 3rd place in the Ulster in Bloom large village competition.[1]


Before 1661, the townland was known as Crumlin or Cromlin (from Irish Cromghlinn, meaning "crooked glen"). By 1661 the townland and the settlement within it had been renamed Hillsborough.[2] It was named after Sir Arthur Hill, who built Hillsborough Fort in 1650 to command the road from Dublin to Carrickfergus. The Hill family became the Earls of Hillsborough, then Marquises of Downshire.

A prominent memorial to the 3rd Marquis of Downshire (and closely resembling Nelson's column in Trafalgar Square, London) stands to the south of the village and is visible throughout much of the surrounding area.


Hillsborough is situated within Lisburn City Council and from the 1st of April 2015 it will form part of the new Lisburn and Castlereagh "Super Council". Hillsborough is located within the Lagan Valley Westminster and Northern Ireland Assembly constituency.

Hillsborough is represented in Parliament by Jeffrey Donaldson MP.

Hillsborough is represented in the Northern Ireland Assembly by 6 MLAs namely Edwin Poots MLA, Basil McCrea MLA, Paul Givan MLA, Jonathan Craig MLA, Trevor Lunn MLA and Brenda Hale MLA.

In local government elections held on the 22nd of May 2014 the following local councillors were elected to represent Hillsborough on Lisburn and Castlereagh Council. Allan Ewart (DUP), John Palmer (DUP), Jim Dillon (UUP), Alexander Redpath (UUP) and Owen Gawith (Alliance).


Hillsborough is classified as an intermediate settlement by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (i.e. with population between 2,250 and 4,500 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 3,400 people living in Hillsborough. Of these:

For further details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service

Places of interest

Notable people


The Hillsborough railway station was opened by the Banbridge, Lisburn and Belfast Railway on 13 July 1863.[4] The line through the station was part of the Great Northern Railway (Ireland) system. The station closed on 30 April 1956 under the auspices of the Great Northern Railway Board. Train services were replaced by bus services provided by the Ulster Transport Authority (UTA). No trace of the station now remains, as it was removed when the dual carriageway was built. It was situated where this crosses over the Culcavey Road.


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  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-06.
  2. Placenames NI
  3. "Hillsborough Parish Church | Lisburn.com". www.lisburn.com. Retrieved 2016-08-19.
  4. "Hillsborough station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2012-05-06.
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