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Belsay Hall and Gardens

Belsay NE20 0DX, England
+44 1661 881636
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Visited this afternoon and well worth the visit. The buildings were magnificent. The gardens were... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Shildon, United Kingdom
via mobile
English Heritage poster child

This place features in every EH magazine almost more than Elvetham Palace; I would imagine this is... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Reading, United Kingdom
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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.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good34%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“ruined castle” (18 reviews)
“old quarry” (16 reviews)
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Belsay NE20 0DX, England
+44 1661 881636
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited this afternoon and well worth the visit. The buildings were magnificent. The gardens were beautiful and very colourful. We all loved the walks around the castle and the hall.

Thank Wake1996
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place features in every EH magazine almost more than Elvetham Palace; I would imagine this is because it has a house and not just a ruin like most EH properties. The house is just on the right side of ruined having a floor and...More

2  Thank arborfieldman
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this afternoon and was blown away by this place. The description doesn't do this place justice. The Hall has been left in an empty state due to the family selling off the furnature and a bad case of dry rot. But its all the...More

Thank Joanne B
Reviewed September 11, 2017 via mobile

Driven past this place many times but this time we called in. So pleased we did as we thoroughly enjoyed our visit - especially the quarry garden - it was simply amazing. Saw many plants and shrubs that I have never seen before - it...More

Thank Peter S
Reviewed September 9, 2017

Really interesting History to Castle and newer Hall. Entrance reminded us of Napoleons villa on Elba. Odd that this house had no bathrooms? Nor running water in the main living areas.

Thank philip m
Reviewed September 8, 2017

We happily spent nearly half a day at Belsay in the early autumn sun, enjoying a leisurely wander through the beautifully landscaped gardens, the work of 2 generations of the family over more than 100 years. The Hall is left deliberately as an empty shell,...More

Thank Googly2010
Reviewed September 6, 2017 via mobile

I was here for a car show which boasted around 100 cars but we decided to look around the buildings and grounds too. I've seen people put this place down but don't be put off..the quarry gardens open up into beautiful vistas and lead to...More

Thank Stephen N
Reviewed August 29, 2017 via mobile

We've been a couple of years ago and turned with a friend who is enjoying a year of English Heritage membership. It is a visit of many parts: stables/shop/tearoom; shell of a grand house; quirky quarry gardens; castle; woodland walk. This time there was the...More

Thank PTaylor0303
Reviewed August 29, 2017

Dropped by here while staying in Morpeth (about 10 miles away) to visit, as it had been recommended. What a waste of time! The building and even the car park were covered in scaffolding and signage. There were people there, but goodness knows what had...More

1  Thank Posysmum
Reviewed August 27, 2017 via mobile

As an English Heritage member I found this place well worth it. Yes there is limited information as you go round but I always buy the guide book every place I go (free entry membership or not). To preserve places such as this then entrance...More

Thank holidayerNorthWales
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Andy M
May 30, 2017|
Response from C3722MBmarkb | Reviewed this property |
No, but I would argue you don't need one with the long walks, wife paths, trees and wide open spaces.
Andy M
May 30, 2017|
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Response from Andrew-Leakey | Reviewed this property |
We didn't find one. But there are lots of open spaces to run round. The castle bit is half a mile from the hall. That is great for hide & seek !
David S
June 28, 2015|
Response from 511blueskies |
Yes . You can catch a bus from Eldon Square Bus Station to Jedburgh which only runs a few times a day, not sure of the number. The bus stops at Belsay then you'd walk to the Hall grounds or get a lift.