Hillsborough Castle refurb by 2019

Lagan Valley MLA Brenda Hale and Lisburn Councillor Alderman Allan Ewart recently attended an information session at Stormont hosted by Historic Royal Palaces.

Historic Royal Palaces took the opportunity to convey what they have accomplished since they acquired Hillsborough Castle on April 1, 2014, as well as their current plans for development and the future.

This gave them an opportunity to possibly widen their customer base and improve confidence in the charity for future, and current supporters.

Brenda Hale MLA for Lagan Valley spoke before the talk saying: “the inward economic investment and job creation is to be welcomed” in praise to Historic Royal Palaces.

A spokesperson for Historic Royal Palaces, Patricia Corbett told the politicians how they were “,aking a difference in Northern Ireland’s Economy” and how it was “important to everyone in Northern Ireland”.

They claim to expect “200,000 visitors in 2019.”

She also explained plans to build a new car park, coffee shop, and renovate existing features.

She added that despite how it will undergo continuous improvement, a majority of plans will finish by 2019.

Historic Royal Palaces is a charity which was founded in 1989.

Since this time they have obtained six different properties - The Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Banqueting House, Kensington Place, Kew Palace, and Hillsborough Castle.

They aim to preserve the history of how the monarchs have helped shaped society and the stories these palaces hold ranging from times of great prosperity to times of war.