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With so much to see and do, a trip to Belsay is one of the best value family days out in North East England. Explore the grand medieval castle, later extended to include a magnificent Jacobean mansion and don’t miss the stunning views from the top of the tower.
Then it’s on to Belsay Hall, an architectural masterpiece inspired by the temples of ancient Greece, with its fabulous Pillar Hall. Last but not least, there are the huge grounds, packed with an impressive array of shrubs and flowers.
The unique Quarry Garden is a fantasy of ravines, pinnacles and exotic plants, No wonder Belsay Hall is one of the top visitor attractions in Northumberland.
Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, in Northumberland has something for everyone, with a fine medieval castle, a Greek Revival villa and outstanding, plant-rich gardens to explore. Take in thirty acres of picturesque landscaping, including magnificent rhodedendorons, and see forever changing seasonal delights such as snowdrops, gorgeous summer blooms or golden leafy hues. Enter the magical and romantic Quarry Garden with ravines, pinnacles and sheer rock faces inspired by the quarries of Sicily. The Jacobean mansion ruins of the Castle are sure to impress, make sure you climb right to the top of the tower for spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Belsay Hall itself is a Classical Greek Revival villa, centred around the amazing central two-storey ‘Pillar Hall’, wander the large unfurnished rooms and discover the stark architecture.
Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens
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Belsay’s Victorian tea room, situated in the old kitchen is the perfect mid-visit stop off.
With so much to see and do, a trip to Belsay is one of the best value family days out in North East England. Stunning gardens, beautiful architecture and magnificent views all in one place. In Belsay - 14 miles north west of Newcastle
THE SITE IS CLOSED ON 24-26 DECEMBER 2016 and 1 JANUARY 2017
Access to buildings: RADAR key access for level access route to the hall and for disabled toilet. Disabled access to ground floor of hall only. Castle and manor house reached via 700m path through gardens; access to castle or manor house via steps. Spiral staircase to upper levels of castle. Four wheelchairs available, which can be obtained on sire from any member of staff. Visitors are recommended to call ahead to reserve a wheelchair.
Access to gardens: level compacted gravel paths and short grass. Signposted wheelchair route. 3 benches in East Quarry, none in West Quarry but a few large quarried stones.
Parking:Parking available. Blue Badge Parking available in main car park, close to the shop and ramp access to the hall.
Visually Impaired Visitors:Sensory garden with tactile and aromatic experiences. Bird song, animal sounds and many flowers, including pinks and hybrid musk roses.
No booking required
Address: Northumberland - NE20 0DXRoad Access: In Belsay; 14 miles NW of Newcastle, on A696Train Access: Morpeth 10 milesBus Access: Snaith''s 808 from Newcastle; Munro''s 131 Newcastle-Jedburgh; alsoArriva 508 from Newcastle railway station, Sun only, Jun-Oct only
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Car parking available
Dogs / pets allowed
Gift shop on site
Sid D, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Belsay Hall & Gardens are a place where time stands still set in tranquil surroundings it reminded me of my childhood, as I spent most of this in Stamfordham which is only a few miles away from Belsay this is an ideal place for a summers outing for couples& families plenty to see& do.
Lovely building with gorgeous gardens.
FlorianFY, Bispham, United Kingdom
Managed by English Heritage the hall is an empty shell of a building, the contents having been sold off in the 1960's but you still sense the grandeur of the place and its place in the landscape. The formal gardens are beautifully maintained whilst the quarry gardens link the hall to the neighbouring castle (see separate entry). Visited on a crisp spring day and intend to return in the summer.
An interesting gem well worth a visit
627traceyh, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
This is a really interesting and enjoyable place to visit. When we went the extremely impressive and extensive stable block was being renovated (new roof) which can look a bit off putting when you arrive, but don't be deterred. Through the stables you come across the Hall. Built in 1817 of sandstone it is hugely impressive inside. It is also totally empty which surprised us. You will see no furniture or wall hangings, but somehow this added to the atmosphere and grandeur. The views from the windows are truly amazing and show the thought and planning which went on here. A wonderful 10 minute gentle walk through 'the Quarry' (where presumably the stone was hued) with hundreds of plant species and trees which date back more years than you can count and you reach the castle. Again empty but stunning. You can go right to the top but a word of caution - the winding stone staircase is VERY steep and three floors high! There are toilets and a tea room at Belsay - wonderful scones! - and a selection of hot sandwiches too. At £9.70 per adult this is good value (It is free if you are a member of English Heritage). Fairly well considered for the less mobile with ramps etc, and the extensive gardens can be enjoyed by all. Allow around 2 - 3 hours. Picnic tables were also there. Good for families of all ages.
Beautiful walk in the spring sunshine
saddwd, Durham, United Kingdom
Having received English Heritage membership as a gift we thoroughly enjoyed our visit today. Don't think we'd have enjoyed the day quite so much had we had to pay the entrance fee of £10+ per adult. The walks are varied and very enjoyable, from woodland to lakeside, from rhododendron gardens to the castle, from lawned gardens to croquet lawn. And the bird life, for those like us who enjoy bird watching, is extensive eg blackcap, nuthatch, buzzard. The empty grand hall is quite a sad building, yet impressive nevertheless - can only imagine the stories it could tell! There is currently extensive roof repair work taking place at the stables.
lounewc, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
I've visited several times in recent months (winter and spring) and can't wait to go again later in the year when the gardens will be different again. I think that the gardens are the best bit of this attraction, but the castle and hall are also worth seeing.