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Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

Open today: 10:00 - 18:00
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Enchanted Belsay

Well organised approach. The shuttle bus park and ride from Ponteland worked well for us. We had... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Lovely quiet Sunday morning

My husband and I visited here on our way home from a weekend away at the coast. We are English... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Wakefield, 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.
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Belsay NE20 0DX, England
+44 1661 881636
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Parking well organised & all the staff very pleasant and helpful but that’s about all to be remotely impressed with. Very disappointing. Lights which are rather underwhelming, the “fair” (2 rides , 2 stalls) was for toddlers. Extremely over priced non event for a family....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Well organised approach. The shuttle bus park and ride from Ponteland worked well for us. We had the perfect weather for this event. Cold and crisp. Staff are on hand at the entrance to ensure you know where you're going, but although it is in...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just got back from Enchanted Belsay and I think it’s better for young children and their families. We were left a little underwhelmed by the lights..... it’s a lot of fairy lights in trees. Quite pretty and a nice walk but wouldn’t book again. Walked...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Jennifer C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I visited here on our way home from a weekend away at the coast. We are English Heritage members, so are trying to visit as many sites as we can. We were extremely impressed by this site, it was quiet, staff were...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank mbetowler
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came here to see the Yellow Wallpaper exhibition and fell in love with the place. It was the perfect venue for the sound installation and the gardens were an added and delightful bonus. The Christmas illuminated gardens look good, I already fancy another visit.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank WRanger2014
Reviewed 11 November 2018 via mobile

The hall is signposted from the A696 and there's a long driveway before reaching plenty of parking. The walk to the castle goes through lovely formal gardens and more interestingly a quarry garden. The walk through the garden was lovely even on a dull November...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 17 October 2018 via mobile

We have been visiting Belsay Hall every year for 5 years on our annual visit to Northumberland. The Hall is worth the visit but it is the gardens that are the main attraction. Walking through the quarry gardens is a must as it is so...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Couple10
Reviewed 28 September 2018

Broke a journey North with a few hours at Belsay Hall. This is one of English Heritage's absolute gems. The fine weather enhanced the visit, making the gardens in the quarry look absolutely stunning. The The lad who gave us our tickets was full of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Mr_and_Mrs_H_1988
Reviewed 23 September 2018

Was keen to visit as the garden sounded so interesting, but it was so hard to find! Absolutely no signage at all on the A1 when coming from the north, and even when we eventually found Belsay Village the sign for the Castle is so...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank allison1314
Reviewed 14 September 2018

This is an amazing site. First, Belsay Hall: externally a rather austere early 1800s "villa" which internally is devoid of any furniture or fittings. This makes for a slightly eerie feel but allows for an appreciation of the dimensions and structure of neo-classical Georgian architecture....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Andy M
30 May 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
30 May 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
29 June 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.