Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

Belsay Awakes

Thanks to National Lottery players and a grant of £1.88 million from The National Lottery Heritage Fund we are delighted to be launching a major project to transform the visitor experience at Belsay Hall and Gardens. 

The project includes work to rejuvenate our gardens, vital conservation work to the roof of the Hall, the Coach House and parts of the Castle. The project will also deliver a brand new woodland play-and-learn area with an outdoor classroom as well as a second tearoom near the Castle end of the site. 

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 Hall will remain open during the full season of 2021 with an ambitious conservation-in-action programme which allows visitors unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to see the conservation work taking place. 



New opportunities

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, which also includes support from the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Foyle Foundation and other donors. 


Current volunteer roles

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