Belsay Hall Castle and Gardens
Take a trip to Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens in Northumberland this summer. With so much to see and do, a trip to Belsay is one of the best value family days out in North East England. You can spend hours exploring both inside and out on fair and wet weather days.
Belsay Castle is a 14th century medieval castle was constructed about 1370, and was the home of the Middleton family. In 1614 Thomas Middleton built a new manor house attached to the tower. A west wing was added in 1711 but was later largely demolished in 1872 by Sir Arthur Middleton when the remainder of the house was considerably altered.
The castle was abandoned as a residence by the family in the early 19th century when Sir Charles Monck built Belsay Hall close by. This was inspired by the temples of ancient Greece with its fabulous pillars. The interiors were largely removed and it was then used as a ready-made folly, as was fashionable among the aristocracy at the time, serving as setting for garden parties and other entertainments.
Visitors can explore the grand medieval castle, and take in the stunning views from the top of the tower. They can then visit Belsay Hall, and wander around the huge grounds. A grade I listed heritage garden, lovingly restored and packed with an impressive array of shrubs and flowers which change with the seasons.
The high point of any visit to Belsay is the unique Quarry Garden, a fantasy of ravines, pinnacles and exotic plants. No wonder Belsay Hall is one of the most loved visitor attractions in Northumberland.
Belsay, Nr Morpeth, Northumberland - NE20 0DX
Free parking for visitors. The main car park is located next to the entrance to the site. There are also two overflow car parks which are located further away from the main entrance. Blue Badge Parking is available in the main car park, which is close to the shop and admissions with ramp access to the hall and tearoom.
Snaith's 808 from Newcastle; Munro's 131 Newcastle-Jedburgh; also Arriva 508 from Newcastle railway station, Sun only, Jun-Oct only.
In Belsay; 14 miles NW of Newcastle, on A696.
Morpeth 10 miles