7th International COSMOS Workshop

at Hillsborough, Northern Ireland

24-26 September 2024




Royal Hillsborough is a picturesque Georgian village full of history, and has an impressive castle and gardens. There is an optional private group tour on Friday morning 27 September.


Hillsborough Forest Park is a few minutes walk from the castle, adjacent to Hillsborough Fort, and is popular among walkers, bird-watchers and nature lovers.


For info on local attractions nearby and some background on the history of the area, visit


Hillsborough is a gateway to the beauty and history of Northern Ireland and the capital city Belfast, as well as Ireland and Dublin, with an amazing array of experiences available. Some of these include:



The Titanic Experience: named the World's Leading Tourist Attraction at the prestigious World Travel Awards in 2016, is located beside the Titanic Slipways, the Harland and Wolff Drawing Offices and Hamilton Graving Dock, the very place where Titanic was designed, built and launched in 1911. Make sure to book tickets in advance.

Belfast Taxi Tours: A unique look at the complex history of Belfast from the perspective of those who’ve lived through the Troubles. These tours are a must for those interested in the fascinating history of Northern Ireland

What’s On


Northern Ireland:

Giant’s Causeway: Discover the Giant's Causeway – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where myth meets marvel on Northern Ireland's coast. Delve into the geological wonder of perfectly formed basalt columns while immersing yourself in captivating folklore. Book tours from Belfast here.

Distillery and Brewery Tours: There are plenty of distilleries around Northern Ireland which offer tastings and tours, allowing visitors to experience the unique taste of Northern Ireland. There’s even a Spirits Trail for enthusiastic tourists.

Game of Thrones Tours: Fans of the HBO TV hit series Game of Thrones can explore the Seven Kingdoms across Northern Ireland.



Guinness Storehouse: Experience the iconic Guinness Storehouse, a must-visit destination in Dublin. Immerse yourself in the rich history and brewing legacy of Ireland's most famous stout. From the gravity-defying pint-pouring experience to panoramic views of Dublin from the Gravity Bar, indulge in the ultimate Guinness experience.



Wild Atlantic Way: Embark on a breathtaking journey along the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland's rugged coastal masterpiece. Marvel at dramatic cliffs, pristine beaches, and charming villages nestled along the untamed Atlantic coast.





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