Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

Belsay Hall and Gardens
NE20 0DX

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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.

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Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens



NE20 0DX

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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


Access information

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.

Booking Information

No booking required

Road directions

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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Worth a visit, but better suited to good weather.

Stan A, Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
This is an interesting site in beautiful grounds. On a freezing cold day we couldn't do it justice; we hope to return in summer, to see the gardens at their best. Tea shop served good food and drinks, but was a bit chilly. We visited so children could do the Early Man trail. This was a damp squib and not on a par with activities we've experienced on other occasions at English Heritage properties. It didn't help that prizes had run out.


Katherine S,
Heard this was a good place for snowdrops. We arrived A couple of weeks early I would say but definately worth a visit in any case

Go for the Gardens but enjoy all the other sights too.

Edwardo C, Berkeley, Ca
On our way back home from Whitley Bay on a cold and bright January morning, I devised a cunning route to keep us well west of Newcastle only to find we were going past Belsay Hall and my wife’s remark that she had always wanted to visit here! That and the fact that it was our last week as members for the English Heritage ( I’m taking a years sabbatical) so we decided to do a quick tour. However, there is so much to see here. With the storm clouds brewing we opted for the gardens and walk first, and even in a cool January, the microclimate had encouraged catkins and rhododendron buds to show, as well as snowdrops everywhere! You just would not believe it. The Castle is worth a sneck and there is a different way back so it keeps your interest. Sadly we couldn’t use the paths into Crag woods as the gentry were using the area to shoot peasants. The house was huge and completely surprises you as the Doric columns share centre stage. A really good photo opportunity. Back at the cafe we had the very best cream tea. The scones were huge the jam of high quality and quite frankly the dollop of clotted cream was so big it would have filled a half pint pot. Dilemma, I will probably have to rejoin English Heritage sooner than next year as I”m now intrigued as to what the garden will look like during each season. Well worth the £9 we would have had to pay each, if not members, and Highly Recommended.

Fascinating and diverse

nlansdell, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
This is almost two trips in one - or with the grounds three! You have a dilapidated ted Grecian stately home and out buildings at one end of the site and an extended castle at the other - joined together by a fascinating grotto-esque garden. So plenty to do and explore and if you are visiting with children there is plenty to see and staircases and mooks and crannies to look at. It is the sort of place only fully appreciated by a visit. Apart from the staircases (particularly in the castle) the whole place is pretty accessible. A small tea room in the old dairy serves decent food and the seperate shop has some local produce. Recommended.

Great history

Antony B, London, United Kingdom
We had a very enjoyable visit to Belsay Hall, despite the gardens being closed due to snow and ice. The house is fascinating, in part because of its history and architecture, and in part because part has been stripped back to the stonework due to extensive dry rot. This allows the structure of the building to be seen. Our children enjoyed the amazing echo in the cellars too! The tea room was also very good, and we all greatly enjoyed the food there. The freshly made stotties were excellent, and the staff all very cheerful.

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