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“A great day out”

Belsay Hall and Gardens
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Owner description: 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.
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“A great day out”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

My friend and I together with our 4 rowdy boys thoroughly enjoyed the day. The staff running the activities at the castle kept the boys really entertained, searching for the wild man, jousting and mask making. 3 days later my youngest is asking to go back as next time round he WILL find the wild man.

Visited August 2014
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
196 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Good value”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

You get to see the house, castle and gardens for one price. The house and castle are very basic inside but if you can manage the stairs the view from the top of the castle is worth it. Not very good for wheelchairs as the path surface is made up of very small stones which made it heavy going. The staff are very friendly and helpful and the cafe has delicious cakes and offer meal deals, e.g. afternoon tea. Best to ring up before you pay a visit if it has been or is raining because some of the quarry walk is often closed.

Visited August 2014
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
289 reviews
140 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Worth your time”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

As new members of English Heritage we went to visit Belsay. Most worthwhile. Lots to see. Great gardens. Good restaurant. So glad we went.

Visited August 2014
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Don't go if it is wet”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

This was not a good experience for us. Granted it was very wet when we went which put a big downer on the day.

Due to the weather, we did not see the Castle or Gardens, which are supposed to be a major part of the attraction.

What we did see was the House and Tearooms, which were both quite dissappointing. The house is basically an empty shell. Left to the English Heritage as such with instructions to leave it empty. What was left was very tired. Roof coming down in parts and wall coverings very tatty. The architecture was interesting but the overall feel was tired.

The tearooms, separate from the house, as were the toilets, were OK. Tea was good but coffee was thin. The big problem was that, in the rain, you got soaked walking between the House, Tea-room and Toilets.

Summary. Probably worth a visit in the dry, definitely not in the wet.

Visited July 2014
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Darlington, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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“Revisitable”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

What a wonderful place to visit. From the entrance building to the hall to the castle there always something to see. Full of informative boards and usually a member of staff can be found to ask questions if you have any. Saw 'Lucky Spot' displayed in the castle, a jewelled curtain of thousands of Swarovski crystals designed by Stella McCartney a few years back, plus there have been other displays in the Hall, notably by Ron Mueck and around the grounds by Slinkachu. Whatever time of year you visit the grounds are lovely and always worth taking the longer walk round the lake. Have been numerous times and will be going back many times more. Belongs to English Heritage but the membership fee is well worth paying with numerous other properties/places in the area.

Visited August 2013
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