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.

Victorian Illusion Week

  • 25 October — 2 November 2014

The Victorian era was one of invention and entertainment. The Victorians explored illusion, music hall, and slight of hand. Join us this half term as we expose the trickery behind Victorian magicians with hands on activities that will entertain little ones for hours.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children


Victorian Lantern Night

  • 31 October 2014 6-8pm

This Halloween, brave the gardens at Belsay Hall at night to find our performers who will regale you with spooky tales! Bring your own torch and wrap up warm.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Purchase your tickets today directly from the site during their standard opening hours or by calling our dedicated Ticket Sales Team on 0870 333 1183 (Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5.30 Sat 9am – 5pm). Tickets will also be available to purchase from the event site on the day. Please note: Booking tickets for this event is recommended as places are limited.


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.