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Belsay Hall and Gardens

Belsay NE20 0DX, England
+44 1661 881636
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Empty House with a stunning hidden Quarry Garden and a castle

Surprised that the house was empty of furnishings but it was the wish of the former owner for the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
lmorgan2015
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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Really good value day out

You get to visit two ruins instead of just one! Glad we visited after the repair work mentioned by... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Abi C
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North Yorkshire, 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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“old quarry” (16 reviews)
“ruined castle” (18 reviews)
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Belsay NE20 0DX, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Surprised that the house was empty of furnishings but it was the wish of the former owner for the house not to be recreated internally. You can however still see how the landed gentry once lived with all of their servants. There is a small...More

Thank lmorgan2015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You get to visit two ruins instead of just one! Glad we visited after the repair work mentioned by others. We had not trouble finding it as we decided to also look out for the signs not just blindly follow the SatNav. Parked in what...More

Thank Abi C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I just love this place and if you haven’t been before it’s a must! My children are aged 3 & 7 and they they never tire of visiting here. The Hall is at the entrance as you enter the first part of the gardens. It’s...More

Thank Marie L
Reviewed 17 October 2017

A rather remarkable early 19th century mansion, and fantastic gardens to walk through and enjoy as you make your way to the 14th century castle. Allow time to walk and explore the gardens. I found the quarry gardens particularly pleasant.

Thank Eirewolf
Reviewed 8 October 2017 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 21 September 2017 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 15 September 2017 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 11 September 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 9 September 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.

1  Thank philip m
Reviewed 8 September 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
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Andy M
30 May 2017|
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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.
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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 !
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David S
29 June 2015|
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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.
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