Gardens at Belsay Hall

Belsay Hall garden front

Belsay is above all a garden for plant-lovers, having been in the same family since the 13th century and benefitting enormously from being owned by two great gardening enthusiasts - Sir Charles Monck and his grandson Sir Arthur Middleton. Today a truly dramatic Quarry Garden flourishes with exotic trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants, many from the Himalayas. It is protected from harsh weather by 30 foot high cliffs dripping with ferns and moss. Elsewhere the formal gardens provide colour and spectacle with a magnificent Rhododendron Garden, Terraces and Winter Garden.

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The Quarry Garden is a dramatic spectacle of exotic trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants protected by 30 foot high cliffs of stone.

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Seasonal highlights

Find out what the gardens at Belsay have to offer throughout the year, from spring bulbs to autumn colour.

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The Formal Garden

The Formal Garden at Belsay provides colour and interest whatever the season.

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Read about our gardens

Winner of The Garden Media Guild Book Awards 2010, 'The Gardens of English Heritage' describes the magnificent parks and gardens owned by English Heritage.

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The Belsay guidebook is one of a suite of authoritative and beautifully illustrated guides that help to bring our properties to life with their photographs, plans and reconstruction drawings.

Belsay guidebook