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“Check what you are paying for” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Belvoir Castle

Belvoir Castle
Leicester, England
01476/870262
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Ranked #34 of 43 Attractions in Leicester
Type: Castles, Cultural
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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“Check what you are paying for”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

We visited Belvoir Castle on Sunday. Paid our money, which was quite expensive.

We had visited before, a couple of years ago and enjoyed looking around, but now you can only get into the castle as part of a guided group. So for instance, first tour 11.15, next tour 1.15.
So if you get there at say 11, pay your money, walk upto the castle, which is quite a steep walk, and you get there after 11.15, you have to wait two hours for the next guided tour. There is not enough to keep you entertained for two hours!!

Last time we went there was also a restaurant, now it is only open on special open days, so any food, cakes, tea etc, is purchased and eaten in the wooden hut as you come in...could be lots better!!

We didn't hang round for another two hours, so didn't get good value for our money!!

It would have been nice for the staff in the wooden hut to explain to people that the guided tours were infrequent !!! However, it was up on the board outside, but who reads (and takes in) everything on a printed board outside. We will in future

The gardens could be really nice but need time and money spent on them to get them back to what they originally were when they were planted up.

Visited July 2013
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Boston, United Kingdom
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“wonderfull views from the castle”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

we visited the castle on Sunday, very impressive but not cheap, the main problem was the tour guide the lady never stopped talking, most of it nothing to do with castle. in each room she would keep talking and when she finished we moved on, we was not given any time to look around on our own ,to start we was "locked" in a room for 20 minutes while she just talked and talked my wife was already bored and left,
after about a hour I also had enough of her talking and I also left, you could see most of the people also getting bored as they stared talking to each other, it would have been a lot better if you could have walked around on your own like you can in most other castles and houses .
the gardens are wonderfull

Visited July 2013
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“Check the times - but well worth the effort”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Two pounds for the car park and £15 for each adult - but well worth it! Check the website for dates and times - the £15 includes the tour - don't go if it is a "free flow" day - you won't get as much out of it. The guided tour of the castle is well worth it and took nearly two full hours - without the walk up from the car park and the walk back through the gardens. If you have made the trip, i don't think that the £8 gardens only option would be worth it - don't miss the castle!
It is still a private home for the Duke and Duchess of Rutland and their five children - you can see the outside pool and tennis court from the back of the terrace - look up for the trampoline, too! Also, bear in mind that it is not an English Heritage or National Trust building - £15 may be at the higher end for similar sites but we thought it was worth it (and better than most EH and NT places). There is a scheme with five other sites for which you can obtain joint discounts if you are in the area for longer than a few days.
As usual, you are not allowed to take photographs inside, so the guidebooks are important if you want a record of the amazing treasures on view. There is a small £5 handbook - prabably A5 - but we went the whole hog and got the £30 full sze hardback of 200+ pages in full colour - co-written (and actually signed) by the Duchess herself.
This is the fourth castle on the site - the first was built by one of William the Conqueror's henchmen. He thought the sight from the top of the hill was beautiful - hence the French name - but we Saxons did not want to pronounce it like that - so it is Bever or Beaver Castle! Now it is beautiful inside too!
One final thing - visit the parish church in nearby Bottesford for the funerary monuments of many of the earls.

Visited July 2013
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“Bad opening hours”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Turned up on a saturday, whilst visiting area only to find it closed ! Apparently it only opens Sundays and Mondays, which isn't very good for tourism.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“A truly wonderful experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

We had a great day and really enjoyed the tour, although we had to keep a watchfull eye on the Kids not to disterb any of the historic ornamonts.

Such a impressive Castle to look at with lots of history on the inside and beautiful landscaped Gardens surounding it.

I would like to recomend the tour for anyone that has a interest in Castle's and Englands history.

Tom Woods.
We have been to many Castle's in the united kingdom and Belvoir castle is one of the most Impressive! Great place to visit with children to.

We met a friendly chap of the name of Harvey who was also knowledgable on the castle's History.

Visited June 2013
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