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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: Gardens, Architectural Buildings
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... more » 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. « less
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English first
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The hall, whilst empty of furniture, is interesting to see and still feels homely. The cellars are large, cool and thanks to echoes have real atmosphere especially if you get them to yourself, your footsteps echo through the whole cellar complex. The gardens were very interesting and nice and cool on a hot summer day. Not aa big aa first... More

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Kent
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Belsay Hall is an imposing mansion built like Greek temple in a large estate by the Middleton family. (Related to Kate?). They built a castle initially in 1375, rebuilt and extended it, and in the 1800,'s quarried a lot of limestone and built a new place ½ mile away. The house was empty, all the furniture having been sold off... More

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Durham, United Kingdom
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The Belsay Hall site is split into three parts, the Hall, the Castle and the gardens. The castle is a very good example of a borders castle/keep and, although damaged,it is in remarkably good condition. You can go from the ground floor to the roof, where the views are stunning. Many rooms are small and the stairs are steep and... More

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Lutterworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

Not only a spectacular County House but a Castle and unique Quarry garden, truly spectacular and a great few hours. Don't be fooled by the title of gardens, more like a film set from a Lord of the Rings scene !

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We called whilst passing not expecting much, but we were very glad that we visited. The quarry gardens are very unusual, interesting, and give sights and smells that are well worth a visit. The castle is pretty well preserved, and gives a visitor a good experience of a defended farm/manor and you can climb up to the roof to explore... More

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4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Very impressive main hall to the old stately home, although most of the building is a shell and unfurnished it's still very interesting. The walk through the quarry garden to the old castle ruins is stunning, as are the views from the castle roof. Nice cafe in the old kitchen, and the staff couldn't be more helpful.

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Whilst the house in unfurnished, you can wander around the rooms and get a fair impression of what it would have been like. The cellars are particularly interesting. One of the main attractions is the quarry garden which really is stunning. We have not seen an equivalent elsewhere. The walk through here takes you to the castle and is well... More

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Belsay Hall and Gardens as located a short drive out of Newcastle. A grand old building with their well established gardens is beautiful any time of the year. Take a picnic and take advantage of the beauty that is Belsay. There is of course a coffee shop there to cater to the cream scones and tea crowd, as well as... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Before you go to this English Heritage site, you should be aware that the House is unfurnished and not well decorated. You can see the size of the rooms, the cellars etc and appreciate the views from the house. The walk to the Castle through the ex quarry is stunning and well worth the effort. The site has a very... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I've been coming here since the aye of 4, i'm now 19. The house is great always showing different exhibitions and its always very interesting to see. Decided at a young age I was to get married here ( I wish ) The grounds are spectacular to walk around, can get some great photos and it's a lovely day out... More

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