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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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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I've lived in Cramlington for almost 30 years and Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens is just up the road. Plus my employer has a Corporate Membership of EH, so why hadn't I been before? No idea but one thing is certain I'll be going again. The guy in the entrance/gift shop Kyle was lovely and explained quite a bit for... More

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Ponteland, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
5 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The only complaint I have is the length of the queue that day. You pay at the same place for ordering and buying snacks and drinks, plus it is quite small. Perhaps a re-think in the layout of the place. Other than that, my friends and I enjoyed our meal.

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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155 reviews 155 reviews
109 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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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33 attraction reviews
288 helpful votes 288 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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 reviews 4 reviews
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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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