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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
Three for the price of one
Clive M, Cambridge, United Kingdom
This is an amazing site. First, Belsay Hall: externally a rather austere early 1800s "villa" which internally is devoid of any furniture or fittings. This makes for a slightly eerie feel but allows for an appreciation of the dimensions and structure of neo-classical Georgian architecture. Second, Belsay Castle: a well-preserved 14th century defensive tower with attached early 17th century additions. Third, gardens which even, for someone who can only tell a daisy from a buttercup, are magnificent - especially the quarry garden. Add in a café and, as always, pleasant English Heritage staff and you have an absolute winner.
Interesting house, lovely gardens
Ludders_11, Gravesend, United Kingdom
Visited this English Heritage property when looking for somewhere to visit while on holiday. The House is completely devoid of contents, but it’s worth having the guided tour. Not sure about the recorded wailing music coming from the fire places. The gardens, particularly the quarry garden are well worth seeing. Not sure I would pay to go in, but being EH members it’s not a problem. The tea rooms are ok. Had a piece of orange and lemon cake. For £3.50 it was poor value. I’ve never seen such a small piece in EH restaurants. Won’t bother going in there again.
Bank Holiday gem
Visited during the bank holiday jousting weekend. Whilst we were not interested in the English Heritage Jousting although didn't mind the extra £1.70 as we are EH members. Felt rather sorry in the Hall as it is devoid of furniture and seems to be quite eerie without anything in it. Seems a shame as it will just deteriorate further. The gardens are wonderful although raining when we visited there was enough shelter and cover from plants, trees and a secluded bench. The castle was quite small although still interesting. We stopped off in the tea room and the prices were very reasonable. A great way to spend an afternoon.
Hidden Gem in Northumberland
Philip H, Whitehaven, United Kingdom
Wamted to visit the "castle"but surprised it's so muchmore. There's the House, it's a stately home sightings for kids and entertainment, then you can walk through the eerie gardens to the actual Castle. one going through a "lost world". ( dinosaurs there?) Medieval with additions, great for kids. Dog friendly even the Cafe. Also woodland walks if time.
Extensive gardens and grounds
Amy P, Kent, United Kingdom
Being members of English Heritage, myself, my mother and fiance visited over bank holiday visit. On arrival we discovered there was a medieval jousting tournament on and there was an additional £1.50 entry fee per person which we thought was justified. Firstly we visited the house, all of which is unfurnished. Being in a striped back state really allows you to appreciate the building and adds to its interest. There is currently renovation work ongoing as they are in the process of adopting further rooms. The gardens leading to the castle are gorgeous, so peaceful and pretty and the views just lovely and very extensive with a wide range of trees and plants. There are seats scattered around allowing you to relax and enjoy the scenery for a little while. This castle itself is smaller than what I imagined and very narrow making it difficult to get to the top due to the amount of people going up and down. Nonetheless it is very impressive and interesting. There is amble parking available and a steward directing you in this respect. Overall a nice way to spend a few hours with plenty to do and see.