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Belsay Castle

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Mrs T wrote a review Oct 2020
Nottingham, United Kingdom51 contributions11 helpful votes
You go round the corner of the garden and there it is. Was lived in and then when the hall was built it was used as a folly. The kennels behind it are interesting and apparently are been restored with a grant.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Tallis wrote a review Dec 2019
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom464 contributions197 helpful votes
We visited the Enchanted Garden lights before Christmas, on a wild and very very wet evening. This did not detract from our enjoyment as we’d gone equipped for bad weather. I’d heard horror stories re the car parking but we were fine, and the staff were helpful. The lights were interesting and the castle had some good effects. Our dogs enjoyed it all too. The exit route was tricky- a long winding pot holed track
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Date of experience: December 2019
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wanderbear wrote a review Nov 2019
northumberland51 contributions20 helpful votes
Myself and 2 friends visited Belsay Castle today, primarily because the cafe is dog friendly. When almost at the car park we found ourselves to be obstructed by around 50 people on horseback who were clearly on a hunt meeting. They and their followers completely blocked the road and we were forced to sit and wait for them to decide to move. They acted as if they owned the place and although one of the hunt leaders did approach us and ask us to wait, we obviously had absolutely no choice in the matter. We sat, at their pleasure for around 10 minutes while they filed their horses towards the fields. Even when the actual participants in the hunt had cleared the roadway their followers continued to block the road. If I decided to set up a road block for as long as I wanted I’m sure the law would intervene. The cafe was great, serving basic but tasty food. Our experience was spoiled before we even arrived. What a shame English Heritage sees fit to allow this practice to continue on their land.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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the huntsman ch... f wrote a review Aug 2019
Sheffield, United Kingdom14 contributions6 helpful votes
the castle or ruin was ok,not a big castle but its the grounds it is set in.the gardens situated where the stone was quarried are interesting to walk round,easy to follow route through the grounds. there is wheelchair access through the gardens,but if am honest it still looked a bit hard going on the paths,but i could be wrong.overall price for entering is good,dont go hoping to see a majestic castle..its the garden that is the attraction here.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Clive B wrote a review Jul 2019
London, United Kingdom32 contributions9 helpful votes
The castle building itself stands empty but the abandoned rooms and central colonnaded hall are fascinating and atmospheric. The guided tour or guide book are essential to get a sense of the place, and how it was when inhabited (until the 1980s). Definitely a hidden gem, somehow deeply rewarding. And I forgot the garden... a very interesting and evocative place to wander, a thoughtful use of a quarry area to picturesque effect.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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