Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens - English Heritage

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens - English Heritage
Nr Ponteland
NE20 0DX



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01661 881636

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Family walking through the gardens at Belsay
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There's something for everyone at Belsay. Explore a spectacular medieval castle, a Greek Revival 19th-century mansion and thirty acres of stunning Grade I gardens linking the two. In the gardens, unaltered for 200 years, you'll discover thousands of exotic species, famous rhododendrons and the magical Quarry Garden, with ravines, pinnacles and sheer rock faces inspired by the quarries of Sicily.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Castle or defences

Opening hours

1-24 Oct Thu-Mon 10am-4pm , 25-31 Oct daily 10am-4pm, 1 Nov-12 Feb Sat-Sun 10am-4pm, 13-17 Feb daily 10am-4pm, 18 Feb-31 Mar Sat-Sun 10am-4pm, Closed 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan

Admission charges



  • English Heritage

Additional info

Toilets: In car park, not adapted for wheelchair users.

Access to castle: Level access; spiral staircase within tower. Seats.
Gardens: Fairly smooth grass and impacted gravel paths. Benches.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Ghost Stories After Dark

  • 16 May 2014 7-8:30pm, 9:30-11pm

Hear ghosts, ghouls and ghastly tales at Belsay Hall after nightfall with 'A Warning to the Curious' by M.R. James. Arguably one of the best ghost story tellers of all time, James redfined ghost stories by using realistic settings. His stories were intended to be read aloud, and what better place to hear them than inside an eerie and empty historic country house after dark. Part of Museums at Night.

Suitable for

  • 18+


Adult £14.00, Members £12.00.

Wellies and snowdrops

Wild Week at Belsay

  • 24 May — 1 June 2014

The Wildman of Belsay is a character illustrated in the Middleton Family’s Coat of Arms. He was of great importance to the family and can be found in paintings and stone carvings, some of which can still be seen today in the Castle. To celebrate the installation of the Wildman statue in Belsay’s Hall, we’re going wild this half term! Imagine if a 'wildman' still roamed the grounds of Belsay, where would he live? Amongst the deep, cavernous Quarry Garden in a hovel, lair or den? Join our artist den-builder, as he’ll show children how to build their very own den.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adult: £8.00, Child 5-15 years: £4.80, Concession: £7.20, Family: £20.80.



Archery Day

  • 22 June 2014 12-4:30pm

Have a go at the noble art of archery with our local team of experts. A small extra charge applies to take part in this activity.

Suitable for

  • Any age


English Heritage Members: Free. Adult: £8.00. Child, 5-15 years: £4.80. Concession: £7.20. Family: £20.80.


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Belsay Hall Teacher Information Sheet

This free download showcases details of Belsay interior design, suggesting how they can support school work from using symmetry and balance to counting number patterns. The worksheets can be photocopied to enable children to sketch the architectural features they spot. There are also suggestions for creating Belsay guidebook and guided tour, in groups or as a class.