Hillsborough Forest is set in the picturesque Georgian village of Royal Hillsborough and sits just a few minutes walk from Hillsborough Castle, adjacent to Hillsborough Fort. A popular choice among bird-watchers, dog walkers, photographers and nature-lovers, the forest covers an area of almost 200 acres. The lake area is a forest wildlife sanctuary and is home to a wide variety of birds and animals. Look out for the many species of resident and over-wintering waterfowl, especially swans and several varieties of duck.
Visitors can enjoy a range of way marked walking and running trails throughout the forest with stunning seated lakeside viewpoints, a state-of-the-art woodland-themed outdoor children's play area, car-parking facilities and picnic benches.
Hillsborough Forest Digital Sculpture Trail
Enjoy time outdoors and experience the new Digital Sculpture Trail within Hillsborough Forest! Visitors can now discover 10 sculptures along the trail with an exciting augmented reality App that takes you through the forest leading you from one sculpture to the next. Witness the journey of the sculptures from inception to completion, with a detailed description of the internationally gathered artists, their inspiration and history of the development of each sculpture. The Digital Sculpture Trail is based on themes inspired by Hillsborough Forest and the surrounding area which include: child’s-play, reflection, motion, science, fantasy, heritage, hope & inspiration, nature and flight. Use your smartphone to see the sculptures come alive in another world, through the magic of technology!
Complete the Hillsborough Forest Digital Sculpture Trail and be rewarded with various discounts in the village of Royal Hillsborough, be it a treat at one of the award winning restaurants, a discount at one of the cafés or maybe a little retail therapy. Use the App to follow the additional Royal Hillsborough Village Trail to explore and discover unspoilt secrets and the history of this beautiful village.