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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
Dogs / pets allowed
Gift shop on site
michael g, Washington, United Kingdom
Visited this English Heritage site for Christmas Fayre not realising there was the standard fee to enter, having travelled paid full admission for 4 adults - due to time of year not value for money .
Me and the family wanted a good walk around somewhere, and we decided on Belsay, the gardens in the summer are absolutely stunning, but it's winter, I've chuckled at some of the reviews on here, what are people expecting?? We all walked around the gardens and up to the castle, kids had a great time running around, spotted some fantastic wildlife also, we pop into the cafe after our walk around, Me and the wife order soup and a pot of tea, kids, a pack lunchbox (freshly made sandwiches) crisps and fruit, a great little snack after our walk around, I've been to belsay a few times, and im looking forward to coming back in the summer in full bloom.
Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens replied: Thanks so much for your lovely feedback MMEOL and glad you had such a nice day with us.
A great surprise
First time visit and had a good look in the empty hall. The gardens cut out from the rock were very impressive. I imagine they would like great in the spring/summer. Worth a look.
Gardens are lovely if a little wild, maybe it was just on the day I visited but they needed a little tlc. The hall though impressive is 'tatty' rather than impressive. I didn't expect grandeur but there is room for improvement. To be historically correct is to be applauded but I would suggest that this needs a little more research as this is not quite 'how it would have been' . Still quite interesting.
Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens replied: Thank you for your constructive feedback Linda. Belsay's Quarry Gardens do have a 'wild' almost jungle-esque feel to them which is very much part of the appeal and surprises and delights many visitors. At this time of year, the maintenance plans in the formal gardens are more about winter preservation and of course our formal planting scheme doesn't come into its own until spring. You must return for the snowdrop displays mid February. The hall is conserved 'as found' and we will pass on your comments to our interpretation team. Thank you.
Maddie123476, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Brilliant experience. I would highly recommend it. The staff are very friendly and helpful and the tea room is excellent.