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Belsay Castle

Belsay, England
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Ranked #1 of 4 attractions in Belsay
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
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English first
Newcastle, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens is a brilliant place to visit but does get a bit boring if your aged 10-13. The garden is pretty and there is long walks if you are a hiker. It is nice but if I had to pick between several places to visit, I would doubt I would pick this.

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Oldham, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Set in a area of outstanding beauty. Sat nav sent us along the farmers track which takes you to the back of the castle, which you cannot enter, So beware ! After finding the correct road, just out of the town centre we enjoyed a lovely afternoon walking around the gardens, castle and hall. Then had a nice afternoon tea... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We enjoyed all 3 parts of the attraction - the hall, the castle & the gardens, and our visit lasted 3 hours. We bought the guide book as we're English Heritage members so didn't pay an entry fee & this totally made the trip. The book is very informative & the hall might have been a quick walk through without... More

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Durham, United Kingdom
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85 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

We've been in the National Trust for years but I've just recently joined English Heritage. I thought I would take a trip to Belsay, which EH label as a 'top property' but I was left rather disappointed, There is quite a lot here. There is the Hall and Castle, both of which are open to explore, and there are the... More

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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31 attraction reviews
252 helpful votes 252 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

It was a pity it was such a dull and rather wet day when we visited here. The house, castle and grounds are well worth seeing, and the weather didn't deter us from exploring and seeing what was on offer. The staff here are very friendly and helpful. The tea and scones available in the tea room afterwards was very... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

I visited with two primary school aged kids and despite cold weather and a bit of a walk, enthusiasm never dropped. Visited in April and there were daffodils aplenty out. The castle itself is wonderful for exploring with dark rooms, spiral stairways and great panorama from the open roof!

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

I visited on December 1st with our daughter, her boyfriend and my husband. It's a favourite place of theirs and they wanted to share it with us. English Heritage run it, the buildings are in a good state of preservation, but not refurbished (which is English Heritage policy), so it is a little sparse but still worth seeing. You can... More

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

The hall is quite an austere building (no furniture/furnishings) but an atmospheric location to showcase exhibitions as has been done with good effect. As has the nearby ruined castle. The gardens and quarry walk are very pleasant .

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Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

An extensive house which is completely unfurnished but you can go into every part. The gardens in the quarry are amazing. And a castle to scramble over

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Houghton-le-Spring, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
37 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

We visited Belsay Castle many years ago when looking for a wedding venue. At that time there was no licence, but this has probably changed. If you love history as we do, visit this place.

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