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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
Dogs / pets allowed
Gift shop on site
1MFM, Chorley, United Kingdom
A beautiful place to visit. Belsay Hall is a wonderful building that does need renovating but has plenty of character and rooms to explore. The gardens are beautiful with plenty of different floral displays. The castle is also worth a visit as are the tea rooms for a light snack. Recommended.
A worthwhile half day out
RegHollis, Newcastle UK
The castle is wonderful with a great view from the top. The gardens and quarry walk are great too, especially for gardeners. The 19th century hall is worth a look round but there isn't much information on display. It's worth loading up Wikipedia before you go in as there's about 700 years of family history to get your head round. The tea room is a bit cold and uninspiring. The stables building is off limits for restoration at the moment (March 2017) and there are some curiously badly written signboards explaining it.
Lovely day out
Stunning gardens, a good few hours to spend on grounds. Going again when warmer for picnic. My daughter loved it she skipped the whole way round
Nice walks but---
digitraisedwhenasked, Gateshead, United Kingdom
Visited Belsay last week and thoroughly enjoyed the walk to the Castle passing loads of snowdrops-well worth the walk in itself. Always something new to see among plants especially in the sheltered areas. Carried on and walked to the Lake and beyond with heavy going. Belsay is not cheap if not a member of English Heritage and the Hall is usuall y empty. There was a Butler about to give a demonstration on "buttling" but no one seemed interested. Perhaps one of the staff could have directed passers by to have a look inside the Hall. Belsay has never changed much in the many years since my first visit and should try and provide more things to do for children such as Gibside and Wallington who attract families as there are swings and the like for children situated away from the Hall but kids have spending money. Seem to miss a trick. Otherwise very friendly staff only too willing to please.
Lovely old Hall. Gorgeous castle ruins and fantastic gardens!
lisab059, Sheffield, United Kingdom
We visited on a cold windy February day but weren't disappointed. Lots to see. Castle and Hall ruins were great to explore as were the beautiful grade 1 listed gardens. Would be lovely to spend a warm summer's day there. Very friendly, helpful staff. Cafe serving scrumptious food and a much needed warm drink too. Definitely worth a visit.