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Belsay Hall and Gardens

Belsay Village | Northumberland, Newcastle upon Tyne NE20 0DX, England
44-1661-881636
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Gardens, Outdoors
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Owner description: Two historic buildings, a well-preserved late-14th century tower house and a neo-classical house, are linked by a charming sunken garden spreading over more than 30 acres of landscaped grounds.
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

The hall & castle are very interesting. The gardens are wonderful, especially the quarry garden which is unique. There is a tea room serving delicious cakes! Well worth a visit.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

couple of decent café one within the garden and one on the way off the road at Belsay. Belsay village was formed when the lord built the house but didn't like the view spoilt by the old village so moved it out of the way

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

What an absolute sweet find. It was like walking into Downtown’s kitchen! A little cold so wrap up but definitely worth it. The cakes are made to perfection especially the sticky ginger cake.

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We have been here a few times and always make time to visit the tea room which is in part of the main house. You now have to go through the English Heritage reception/gift now to gain access and pay an entrance fee if you are not English Heritage members - during the summer you could access the tea-room without... More

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Essex
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103 reviews 103 reviews
49 attraction reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens has to be one our favourite visited English Heritages places yet. We visited during August and arrived about 2pm so it was not crowded. We have broken the areas down to make it easier to write and hopefully to read. History Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens are the creation of the Middleton family and have... More

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Morpeth, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The Quarry Garden is very sheltered and when the leaves fall look for the carved names of the family dogs buried there. We saw bees and butterflies in amongst the very late (or very early) flowers on the last day of October. Climb the spiral steps of the old castle for a lovely view of the grounds. Or time your... More

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Northumberland, UK
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54 reviews 54 reviews
8 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Belsay is well worth a visit and lovely to walk through the gardens but stopping at the tearoom is a treat, everything is homemade and that includes the soup! You can visit the tearoom without going into the house.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

The hall is an interesting insight into the architecture of the time and sad to see that every had be sold off because of death duties. The cellars are creepy and would make for a good ghost story. After leaving the hall go through the quarry gardens to find the castle. It feels like you could be in middle earth... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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266 reviews 266 reviews
123 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Visited this beautiful place on a sunny Friday. A warm friendly welcome by the girl on reception who explained about the house, castle and gardens. The house is empty but still worth having a look inside. You can imagine how it must have looked in its heyday. We walked through the formal gardens and then through the quarry garden which... More

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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87 reviews 87 reviews
44 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Forget the postcode in the guide book and use a map to find the entrance from the village, an excellent place to relax and wander in the wonderful quarry gardens. The castle is very "touchy feely" not like some that have huge keepout notices. The hall is interesting with its pillars and cellars etc. We had a snack in the... More

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