Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

Belsay Hall and Gardens
NE20 0DX

+44 01661 881636

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With so much to see and do, a trip to Belsay is one of the best value family days out in North East England. Explore the grand medieval castle, later extended to include a magnificent Jacobean mansion and don’t miss the stunning views from the top of the tower.

Then it’s on to Belsay Hall, an architectural masterpiece inspired by the temples of ancient Greece, with its fabulous Pillar Hall. Last but not least, there are the huge grounds, packed with an impressive array of shrubs and flowers.

The unique Quarry Garden is a fantasy of ravines, pinnacles and exotic plants, No wonder Belsay Hall is one of the top visitor attractions in Northumberland.


Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, in Northumberland has something for everyone, with a fine medieval castle, a Greek Revival villa and outstanding, plant-rich gardens to explore. Take in thirty acres of picturesque landscaping, including magnificent rhodedendorons, and see forever changing seasonal delights such as snowdrops, gorgeous summer blooms or golden leafy hues.  Enter the magical and romantic Quarry Garden with ravines, pinnacles and sheer rock faces inspired by the quarries of Sicily. The Jacobean mansion ruins of the Castle are sure to impress, make sure you climb right to the top of the tower for spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Belsay Hall itself is a Classical Greek Revival villa, centred around the amazing central two-storey ‘Pillar Hall’, wander the large unfurnished rooms and discover the stark architecture.

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Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens



NE20 0DX

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Belsay’s Victorian tea room, situated in the old kitchen  is the perfect mid-visit stop off.

With so much to see and do, a trip to Belsay is one of the best value family days out in North East England. Stunning gardens, beautiful architecture and magnificent views all in one place. In Belsay - 14 miles north west of Newcastle


Access information

Access to buildings: RADAR key access for level access route to the hall and for disabled toilet. Disabled access to ground floor of hall only. Castle and manor house reached via 700m path through gardens; access to castle or manor house via steps. Spiral staircase to upper levels of castle. Four wheelchairs available, which can be obtained on sire from any member of staff. Visitors are recommended to call ahead to reserve a wheelchair.

Access to gardens: level compacted gravel paths and short grass. Signposted wheelchair route. 3 benches in East Quarry, none in West Quarry but a few large quarried stones.

Parking:Parking available. Blue Badge Parking available in main car park, close to the shop and ramp access to the hall.

Visually Impaired Visitors:Sensory garden with tactile and aromatic experiences. Bird song, animal sounds and many flowers, including pinks and hybrid musk roses.

Booking Information

No booking required

Road directions

Address:   Northumberland - NE20 0DXRoad Access:   In Belsay; 14 miles NW of Newcastle, on A696Train Access:   Morpeth 10 milesBus Access:   Snaith''s 808 from Newcastle; Munro''s 131 Newcastle-Jedburgh; alsoArriva 508 from Newcastle railway station, Sun only, Jun-Oct only

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Quarry garden was lovely

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 day. The castle and attached house was interesting, well kept and preserved. Perhaps some boards with a layout plan and information would have been good as we've seen in other English Heritage properties. The views from the top of the tower was great. We walked along a parallel path back to the hall. We explored many of the rooms which appear to be under going refurbishment. Whilst we were there a Christmas fair was on including a Santa. He was fantastic reciting'Twas the night before Christmas' the children were captivated. Ok there's not much in the way of exhibits but the setting etc makes up for this and much more.

Still One of Our Favourite Places

Couple10, guisborough
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 unique with its wide variety of plants in this most unusual setting.

Extraordinary buildings and remarkable quarry garden

Mr_and_Mrs_H_1988, Harrogate, United Kingdom
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 enthusiasm and knowledge about the place - a mini tour that really set our expectations. We were not disappointed. The buildings are very interesting architecturally, as is their history, but for sheer sensation the gardens win hands down - they are so unusual.

Extremely difficult to find - don't attempt without satnav

allison1314, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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 small and out of the way that we drove past it and had to turn back and search. When we asked staff for directions back north to the A1, no one had the slightest idea. A shame as the Hall was interesting, the gardens beautiful and there was a lovely tea room, shop and small second hand bookstore. A very good guidebook was also available for only £4.

Three for the price of one

Clive M, Cambridge, United Kingdom
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. Second, Belsay Castle: a well-preserved 14th century defensive tower with attached early 17th century additions. Third, gardens which even, for someone who can only tell a daisy from a buttercup, are magnificent - especially the quarry garden. Add in a café and, as always, pleasant English Heritage staff and you have an absolute winner.

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