Forming part of English Heritage's major programme of interpretation, presentation and conservation at sites in its care, work is due to start at Belsay in the autumn of 2022 and be completed in 2023.
Belsay will remain open during the full season of 2022, with the exception of the Hall which may be closed for short periods during the scaffolding works. An ambitious conservation-in-action programme will allow visitors unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to see and hear about the conservation work and project plans which are transforming the site.
Thanks to National Lottery players and a grant of £3.4 million from The National Lottery Heritage Fund we are delighted to be transforming the visitor experience at Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens.
September 2021- Dan Pearson visit
Garden Designer Dan Pearson visited Belsay on the 8 and 9 September to supervise the latest work in his planting scheme. Charles Monk and Arthur Middleton were both great plant collectors and Dan Pearson’s choice of plants reflect the vibrancy and diversity of their original planting at Belsay. Belsay's Head Gardner, John Hawley, has picked out two plants, which are new to Belsay, to look out for on your next visit. Both can be found in the Lower Terrace below the Hall. Heptacodium, John says, is “A shrub which produces fragrant white flowers in autumn and has attractive peeling bark, which looks nice even through the winter months. It is often known as the Seven Son Flower Tree. Some people will know Clerodendrum as the Glory Tree, it produces lovely reddish purple flowers in summer and nice autumn colours.”
August 2021 Update
Belsay Express' last journey for the Summer
The X75 Belsay Bus completed its last journey for this season. The bus, which operated on Sat and Sun in July and August, was a trial run to test its long term feasibility. The service carried over 500 people, all of whom would not have been able to access the site without the bus service.
July 2021 - Update
New Accessible Toilets
Upgrades to the toilet block at Belsay were completed at the end of July 2021. The refurbishment included an accessible toilet and changing room facility, which are now open to the public. The changing places facilities are located in the main car park before admissions.
January 2021 - Update
The restoration of the formal gardens in the Lower Terrace, Magnolia Terrace and the Yew Garden was completed by the end of December 2020. The garden team have restored much of the historic fabric of these areas, opening up historic views and restoring biodiversity. All the clearing and replanting work has been completed to the design of celebrity gardener Dan Pearson. Work is on-going in the woodland near the Hall where most of the self-sown trees and shrubs have been removed ahead of replanting work this spring. After Hall Wood, the garden team plan to begin work on the Winter Garden and the meadow area in the east quarry. The work to make Crag Wood more accessible and open up views of the surrounding countryside was completed in November 2020.
A large scale project
Forming part of English Heritage's major programme of interpretation, presentation and conservation at sites in its care, work is due to start at Belsay in spring 2021 and be completed in 2022.
Belsay will remain open during the full season of 2021, with the exception of the Hall which will be closed during the scaffolding works. The grounds and gardens will be open for you to enjoy, and an ambitious conservation-in-action programme will allow visitors unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to see and hear about the conservation work and project plans which are transforming the site.
The project will include a range of skills training, work experience, traineeships and research opportunities.
In addition, there will also be exciting volunteer roles in the garden team as well as visitor engaging roles and many more coming soon. Keep yourself updated on our volunteer page below.
The property, one of English Heritage’s key sites in the North East, will in total benefit from an investment of £5.5m.
Current volunteer roles
We would like to thank The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Foyle Foundation and other generous supporters.
A project made possible thanks to a £3.4m grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Please visit The National Lottery Heritage fund website