Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

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Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Gardens
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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hotelsurfer_8
Leicester, UK29 contributions
A great day out!!
Oct 2021 • Family
Loved it here!!! Although the hall has empty rooms it is very interesting indeed!!! Especially as half of it has suffered dry rot and the other half is in a liveable condition!!! If this was owned by National Trust, I know it would be restored back to its former glory, sourcing furniture from the era and books for the library!!! However, I wouldn’t skip it…. It’s worth a visit!!! Loved the walk through the quarry gardens… absolutely delightful!!! The castle is beautiful with great views from the top!!! The castle needs more information boards up to tell visitors about its history. We ended up having to google it to find out about its past. The tearoom serves tasty food in the former kitchens. There are only one block of toilets near the carpark. You can be at the house, gardens and castles for several hours. Something to be mindful of, if travelling with children!!! A great day out for all !!!
Written October 21, 2021
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GEORDIEJUNE
South Shields, UK400 contributions
Very disappointed
Oct 2021 • Friends
Thought our M&S half price entry was still valid but it wasn’t so we paid £40 for four of us over 70 years old to visit this place. The first port of call was the hall. Just empty rooms and we all felt depressed after walking around the gloomy foisted rooms! We then had to walk to the castle through some quarry with interesting trees but no colourful pretty flower displays at all. It took us about 25 minutes as two of our friends have walking problems! The castle was just as derelict as the hall but lovely to look at. After another trail back we went to the cafe and had decent coffee and traybakes. We felt the whole experience was not worth £40.
We won’t be returning soon!!
Written October 8, 2021
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Charles C
7 contributions
MAGICAL
Sep 2021
Magical place lovely gardens. Staff exceptionally helpful. provided mobility scooter for me. a big thankyou to the lady help me and my wife.
Written October 2, 2021
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Laura T
Middlesbrough, UK5,277 contributions
The quarry gardens alone bring this review upto 4*, the woodland walk is lovely too
Aug 2021
Nothing really to see in the formal gardens, only 2 plants flowering in August which was very surprising, so this area was rather disappointing. After reading the reviews we knew to just skip the hall as just empty rooms so we walked straight over to the quarry gardens.

However we loved the quarry gardens! So different to any other gardens we have visited in the past and lots of unusual trees and plants. Not a flower type of garden but we would recommend a visit just for the quarry garden alone. The woodland walk to the quarry was really lovely too, only very short so little legs should be able to manage it easily, maybe half a mile. The quarry gardens bring this review up from a low score to 4*.

The castle ruins were interesting to explore too. Lots of narrow spiral stairs to get upto the roof, but disappointed to find that once we got up there you couldn't actually get up into the turrets (photo uploaded). Still the views were pretty good from the roof.

We were able to use our English Heritage membership, otherwise at £11 per adult the high cost would likely have put us off from visiting. However there are signs of a £6 Million project taking place to transform the gardens, so maybe when this is complete the tickets will seem like better value.

We spent upto a couple of hours at Belsay, walking around the quarry gardens and castle ruins. Carpark was busy, we were in overflow, but the grounds seemed quite quiet. Toilet block near main carpark. Very friendly and helpful staff. Plants for sale on way out.
Written September 14, 2021
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Aileen M
3 contributions
Beautiful Belsay
Sep 2021
Wonderful informative staff, super food and an enchanting garden. Add in the Hall which with the money being spent will only get better and the castle, this is a great place to visit.
Written September 10, 2021
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robert w
North East England, UK61 contributions
Nice unassuming place
Sep 2021 • Family
Nice walk around some lovely grounds
The hall is unfurnished and in a state of renovation but the owner who gifted it to English heritage forbade it to be furnished .
The castle is a small walk away but in nice condition and worth a look
Staff were lovely ,nice little used bookshop and cafe tearoom and giftshop .
Probably about two hours to do the lot
Written September 1, 2021
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LLnLLL
42 contributions
Disappointing visit
Aug 2021
We were looking forward to an interesting and informative visit, but we were totally disappointed with the Hall which is just a collection of empty run down rooms. This was only apparent when we arrived and a member of staff made a point of saying the rooms were empty as this was how the owner wanted the property to be left. As there really isn’t any value to seeing empty rooms perhaps the site should be Belsay Gardens and castle. The gardens were well kept and probably look amazing when in bloom. An informative map of the site would have been advantageous. Not worth a second visit.
Written August 26, 2021
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j w
Liverpool, UK1,248 contributions
Very disappointing EH run property
Aug 2021
Good points - old castle is interesting, some parts of the quarry garden are attractive, nice tea room
Not so good points - the old house is depressing to walk around, the gardens lack colour in August, they are mainly dark green, the quarry garden is a non event overall, lack of any information boards in the old castle.
Sadly, we cannot recommend this EH run property
Written August 20, 2021
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di
Cawood, UK3 contributions
Great stop off visit
Aug 2021 • Family
The gardens are the best feature here very well kept and lots of lovely pathways. The woodlands were also fabulous with high bolder like caves around, the castle was good the house needs some attention but I understand the funds must be lacking. The cafe provided a nice lunch with friendly service and clean modern toilets. All in all a most enjoyable visit on our way back from Alnwick to Yorkshire.
Written August 20, 2021
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Georgi M
North Shields, UK11 contributions
Lovely gardens but house a let down!
Aug 2021 • Family
The gardens are definitely the main feature here. Absolutely beautiful walk down through the forest and quarry with loads of interesting plants and trees to spot. The castle was also beautiful but a lack of signs meant we still don’t know much about it.

The hall itself was very disappointing. There’s no furniture inside and it’s in a pretty dilapidated state - peeling wallpaper, cobwebs and empty rooms isn’t my idea of fun! They’re really missing a trick here as it could be amazing with a bit of TLC.
Written August 11, 2021
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