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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
Tel: 01661 881636
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
Gift shop on site
Definitely worth a visit
Eirewolf, Guelph, Canada
A rather remarkable early 19th century mansion, and fantastic gardens to walk through and enjoy as you make your way to the 14th century castle. Allow time to walk and explore the gardens. I found the quarry gardens particularly pleasant.
Wake1996, Shildon, United Kingdom
Visited this afternoon and well worth the visit. The buildings were magnificent. The gardens were beautiful and very colourful. We all loved the walks around the castle and the hall.
English Heritage poster child
arborfieldman, Reading, United Kingdom
This place features in every EH magazine almost more than Elvetham Palace; I would imagine this is because it has a house and not just a ruin like most EH properties. The house is just on the right side of ruined having a floor and roof (such luxury) but no furniture so you can walk round it as though you are a prospective buyer. And it wouldn't be EH without a castle, in this case accessed through the fascinating quarry garden. Go if you are in the area, it's an interesting place.
A true hidden gem of a place
Visited this afternoon and was blown away by this place. The description doesn't do this place justice. The Hall has been left in an empty state due to the family selling off the furnature and a bad case of dry rot. But its all the more beautiful for it. The castle, which is part ruins is set some further into the estate. To get to it you walk through the most beautiful and unique gardens set in an old quarry. I think we spent more time there than in the house or castle. So tranquil and peaceful. The staff here were fantadtic too, really friendly. And we can highly recommend the tearooms too, set in an old kitchen with cast iron stoves and pottery on the shelves.
Peter S, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Driven past this place many times but this time we called in. So pleased we did as we thoroughly enjoyed our visit - especially the quarry garden - it was simply amazing. Saw many plants and shrubs that I have never seen before - it must have its own microclimate. One plant had leaves at least 5 feet across. Great old Hall and Medieval Castle. Don't hesitate - you'll love it .......and don't drive past like I did so many times!!!!