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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
Great day out - Nice staff!
MikeC-R23, Durham, England
We had a family day together and our 6 year old gran-daughter wanted to see a castle. Belsay fitted the plan nicely as they had a medieval day - kid's jousting training and designing shields etc etc. Easy parking and very pleasant staff ( must have been since we joined English Heritage on her recommendation ! ). Belsay lived up to its promise. The house ( open to the public ) was interesting, and it's a really lovely walk up to the castle ruins past some walled areas, trees and amazing shrubbery some of which was HUGE. The youngest member of the party loved her "jousting training " and dressing up as a medieval queen, then making and colouring in her shield. I also have to say Belsay offers one of the very much better coffee shops for 'captive' audiences. I have to give them a solid 10/10 for their bacon and blue cheese stotty!! I loved it!! The rest of the party enjoyed their various snacks and drinks and prices were very reasonable. All in all a really nice place to spend 2 to 3 hours ( more if you take a picnic and avail yourselves of the various spots to rest, sit and enjoy Belsay. We'll doubtless be back later in the holidays.
WOW! House and Gardens
Ronald W, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
one of my favorite places to visit amazing house and grounds. Regular plants sales too more of a mature persons place to visit
Four days out in one
Had a boys' day out at Belsay: a 5-year-old child, a 15-year-old child and a 43-year-old child. What a great day! Every part of the buildings and grounds were stunning - from the echoing old house, through the well-preserved castle, the beautifully-kept formal gardens through to the amazing twisted trees and cliffs of the quarry gardens. There really is something for everybody here. My youngest loved the freedom of just running around huge rooms and gardens, my eldest enjoyed the castle. I loved the fantasy-like gardens full of unusual plants, jutting cliffs and moss-covered rocks. After exploring the grounds we had a picnic by the front car-park where there are plenty of picnic tables under a canopy of fir trees. You could also take your picnic into the grounds if you wanted, as there are plenty of benches positioned all around the paths and grounds. We came in the summer holidays when there were hourly activities for younger children on around the castle. I thoroughly recommend these - my son was jousting, sword fighting and enjoying banqueting like a king. Look up on the website for activities before you go - there seems to be a full calendar of events all year round. Be aware, the walk from the house to the castle takes about 20 minutes each way (through wonderful gardens) - plan accordingly. This place really had something for everybody and we easily killed nearly four hours of time on our trip.
A Garden of Delights
Laurie2747, Victoria, Australia
This is a place you need to take the love of your life for a walk come rain or shine the leafy walks to the castle will romance you and yours and guarantee so many brownie points you will be on a magic carpet forever.
A good all round experience
cjmorpeth, Morpeth, United Kingdom
Despite living a dozen miles away we had never been here,however a promotional flyer received in post give a 20 per cent discount and seeing reasonable entrance fees compared to some National Trust sites made us decide to visit .The whole experience was very enjoyable ,chilled and interesting. The staff including the very knowledgable volunteer guide to house were helpful and pleasant. The walk in gardens to castle was well laid out and easy to follow . The tea rooms where worth the visit with a tasty ham and cheese toasty decent value at £3.95 .. Well worth a visit ,which we will do next May when the gardens Hydranges are at their finest apparently .