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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
June when rhododendrons and pocket-handkerchief tree are at their best
juliethetraveller123, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Bought guide book as no leaflet available showing the quarry gardens route to castle. Disappointed that there was no information on display in the hall, empty rooms would have been enhanced with photos from guide book showing what they used to look like when furnished. The medieval castle was worth the walk. An audioguide would make the visit so much better to help bring the empty spaces to life. June is a good time to visit as the rhododendrons and pocket-handkerchief tree are at their best. The café in the hall kitchen was dog friendly which was good as the house is not.
A great place to visit
Pete S, High Wycombe, United Kingdom
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Belsay despite the poor weather. The gardens are lovely, and the old castle and house are very interesting. The coffee shop and main shop are both very good as well. All of the staff were friendly.
Interesting and enjoyable visit
tonyp603, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
We enjoyed our visit to Belsay Hall and Gardens. The house is empty and we found this interesting to see empty rooms. Some may disagree. The castle is also empty but much of the structure remains including a roof top walk. The quarry garden is remarkable and quite unique. This garden is worth the visit alone
Hildrhedge, Hereford, United Kingdom
We visited on the May Bank Holiday weekend, just expecting to see the Hall, Castle and Gardens. We would have been more than happy with those as the quarry garden is stunning and unique, and we loved the castle - I don't understand how anyone can say there is nothing much to it as we found it intriguing and full of atmosphere. However, we were surprised and delighted to discover that there were Georgian revels planned: actors in costume playing the owner and his wife, a jester, two wonderful musicians playing and singing recruiting songs for the Napoleonic wars, a very funny reenactment of Theseus and the Minotaur in the quarry garden with audience participation, all rounded off with the performance from the amazing living marble statues, which kept even the smallest members of the audience entranced. Thank you so much to all the people involved for giving us such a magical day. We loved it.
FellwalkerCumbria_UK, Cumbria, UK
As others have said, the empty house and castle either works for you or not. In the absence of a guide we found it difficult to get much from the visit. The highlight was the quarry garden which we found beautiful and unusual.