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Address: Belsay Village | Northumberland, Newcastle upon Tyne NE20 0DX, England
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+44 1661 881636
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Two historic buildings, a well-preserved late-14th century tower house and...

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.

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woodland walks and exhibitions

Good for woodland walks and colourful gardens in spring and summer. The castle alone is worth a visit and children and parents will enjoy the view from the top once they've... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Good for woodland walks and colourful gardens in spring and summer. The castle alone is worth a visit and children and parents will enjoy the view from the top once they've climbed the steps! I think there were red squirrels in the woods a few yrs ago. Are they still there? Exhibitions are often in the main hall. You can... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

An all in one place to visit that is easily sqeezed in a morning or afternoon. Wonder through the lovely garden, house and castle in a gloomy winter day but enjoyed it nevertheless. Will visit again in spring.

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Washington, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited this English Heritage site for Christmas Fayre not realising there was the standard fee to enter, having travelled paid full admission for 4 adults - due to time of year not value for money .

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Me and the family wanted a good walk around somewhere, and we decided on Belsay, the gardens in the summer are absolutely stunning, but it's winter, I've chuckled at some of the reviews on here, what are people expecting?? We all walked around the gardens and up to the castle, kids had a great time running around, spotted some fantastic... More 

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EnglishHeritageTA, Manager at Belsay Hall and Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your lovely feedback MMEOL and glad you had such a nice day with us. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First time visit and had a good look in the empty hall. The gardens cut out from the rock were very impressive. I imagine they would like great in the spring/summer. Worth a look.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gardens are lovely if a little wild, maybe it was just on the day I visited but they needed a little tlc. The hall though impressive is 'tatty' rather than impressive. I didn't expect grandeur but there is room for improvement. To be historically correct is to be applauded but I would suggest that this needs a little more research... More 

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EnglishHeritageTA, Manager at Belsay Hall and Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your constructive feedback Linda. Belsay's Quarry Gardens do have a 'wild' almost jungle-esque feel to them which is very much part of the appeal and surprises and delights many visitors. At this time of year, the maintenance plans in the formal gardens are more about winter preservation and of course our formal planting scheme doesn't come into... More 

Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Brilliant experience. I would highly recommend it. The staff are very friendly and helpful and the tea room is excellent.

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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Free entry for us English Heritage members helped. We were delayed actually getting to the house, as our friends took the opportunity to purchase some plants which were on sale near the old stables. the house, interesting as it was, was a little depressing, with no furniture, and the wall coverings being stained and decaying. The idea apparently is to... More 

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Brought my mum here up from Yorkshire for her first visit.Totally loved it and the walk through the gardens and the old quarry to the castle. Being late in the year some of the plants had past their best but mum a keen gardener named them all. I have mixed feelings about the house as beautiful as it is, I... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

This English Heritage site has stunning gardens that were grown in the remnants of a quarry so it has it's own micro-climate. Apart from seeing lots of unusual flowers, plants and trees, it also means that it's normally a bit sheltered from the North East weather. We have never gone into the Hall but we do like to explore the... More 

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