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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
Gift shop on site
Beautiful and varied
It's many, many years since I visited Belsay Hall and Gardens, and I definitely noticed a change for the better. We had joined English Heritage recently and we really have made the most of our membership. Belsay has so much to offer for a day out, shop, cafe, fabulous Gardens, a gorge walk, a castle and of course the house. Whilst the house was empty, it was great to see flooring in 2 of the downstairs rooms. When I've visited in the past, I used to imagine these 2 floorless rooms were actually an indoor swimming pool (I was quite small!). I'm just waiting for the day when all the rooms are open, most of the upstairs rooms are, however I am keen to see the servants quarters. We took a picnic and sat out in the wonderful winter sunshine in the gardens, even after that the cafe still looked inviting. All the staff we have ever come across at English Heritage have been super helpful and knowledgeable, Belsay was no exception. It's such a big and varied offering it really could take a whole day. Look out for special events or exhibitions, it's worth every penny or better still join English Heritage, we haven't regretted it one bit.
Empty House with a stunning hidden Quarry Garden and a castle
lmorgan2015, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Surprised that the house was empty of furnishings but it was the wish of the former owner for the house not to be recreated internally. You can however still see how the landed gentry once lived with all of their servants. There is a small castle at the end of the rock garden but the rock garden in the quarry is simply stunning,
Really good value day out
Abi C, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
You get to visit two ruins instead of just one! Glad we visited after the repair work mentioned by others. We had not trouble finding it as we decided to also look out for the signs not just blindly follow the SatNav. Parked in what would have been a walled garden - this was the only disappointment for me, I think they could make so much more of the place. Who doesn't love a kitchen garden? I could see plenty of fruit trees growing up against the old red brick walls - come on EH, take a leaf out of the National Trust's book (for once) and get growing! the entrance is confusing as you have to walk through the shop and I would imagine that at busy times there is the opportunity for the unscrupulous amongst you to gain entry without paying as there is nobody to check you have a ticket in the house. The house The terms of the legacy of the property to the Nation are that it is left unfurnished. Anyone who can be bothered to read could find this out. This is a novel idea and actually you get to appreciate the bare bones and the architecture just as the architect wanted you to do. You notice little details like the recurring frieze which is in every room, the contrasting light in each room, the space. The second slight disappointment (I've seen this place on TV) is the fact you can't access the atrium space in the roof. There is a space which was given over to the growing of lilies where a former daughter of the family and her lover the gamekeeper used to meet in secret....Onwards we go to the outside space. The gardens are unusual and secretive spaces and we thoroughly enjoyed exploring them. eventually we found our way to the castle and this is in a similar state of repair to the house. How exciting though to have moved into the house from the draughty old castle on Christmas day, as the family did all those years ago. Maybe it's just me but I fell in love with this place. It has real sense of time, space and history which you don't always find...it has a soul. Daft I know but that's how I felt anyway. Our two boys loved exploring and I can see us returning in Feb half-term. We won't be in a hotel filing up on all you can eat brekkie so I'll get to try the stotties in the tea room then - already looking forward to it! You do get a small pictorial map with your ticket but it's very easy to find you way around. Only one set of toilets and these are in the disabled parking area. Staff as usual were helpful and knowledgeable with an obvious passion for the place. A great end to our holiday.
A lovely day out
Marie L, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
I just love this place and if you haven’t been before it’s a must! My children are aged 3 & 7 and they they never tire of visiting here. The Hall is at the entrance as you enter the first part of the gardens. It’s beautiful with all of the original features. It’s worth noting that he building is empty so don’t expect to see it furnished etc. As you leave the hall it’s a lovely walk to get to the castle (with a few different routes to choose from for variety). The castle again is beautiful and set in lovely scenery. Only negative is once you have walked to get to the castle there are no amenities or toilet facilities available at this end (there are occasionally portaloos during peak periods but I feel these should be available at all times, especially when visiting with smaller children: when they need to go they need to go!) It would be nice to have the option of a coffee or ice cream at the castle before heading back. The gift shop is good, staff are all great and the coffee shop/restaurant is nice (a little pricey but really it’s what you expect from English Heritage properties) We’ve also just booked up to attend the ‘ Enchanted Belsay’ Christmas event - I have high expectations 🤞
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.