Belsay hALL, CASTLE AND GARDENS Access

Access information for the site is listed below. For more information, or if you have particular access needs, please contact us before you visit. Please note that some facilities may require booking in advance.

Mobility / Older Visitors
Accessible Toilets
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Adult Changing Area
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Handrails
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Easy-use Cutlery
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Assistance Dogs Welcome
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Wheelchair Loan
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Mobility Scooter Loan
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Site Folders
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Dog Bowl and Toileting
There is a dog bowl at the entrance to the site and at the castle. There are three dog bins on the site: in the car park; castle and on the quarry garden path.
Wheelchair Access
Castle and manor house reached by 700m path through gardens; access to castle or manor house via steps. Wheelchair access to Castle by ramp from the car park to the ground floor of the hall and the tea room. Wheelchairs as well as a mobility scooter are available to borrow for free. RADAR key access for level access route to the hall (via tearoom entrance) and gardens (via toilet gate). Key available at the shop for a refunded hire charge. Shop has level access but narrow doorway.
Entrance / Set Down
Disabled visitors can be set down outside the entrance to the site. We also have a motorised mobility scooter available (pre-booking recommended).
Disabled Parking
There are two designated blue badge parking bays in the main car park. We also try to create more spaces on busy event days.
OnSite Transport
No
Stairs
Spiral staircase to upper levels of castle.
Lift Access
No
Seating And Restpoints
Seats are located in the stable courtyard, around the croquet lawn, two seats in the east quarry path and some seating at the castle as well.
Pathways Surface And Gradients
Paths are gravelled through the grounds. No steep gradients. A very gentle slope on the west quarry path. A gradient map is available in the shop for access routes for wheelchair users. Loose gravel surface in car park.
Blind / Visually Impaired
Accessible Toilets
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Handrails
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Assistance Dogs Welcome
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Braille Guides
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Braille Signage
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Torches
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Sensory Experiences
Seasonal fragrances from tulips, azara microphylla to verbena, with rhododendrons creating a rolling landscape and a dazzling scent in May-June. Blackbirds, robins and blue tits can be heard around the site along with the occasional woodpecker.
Dog Bowl and Toileting
There is a dog bowl at the entrance to the site and at the castle. There are three dog bins on the site: in the car park; castle and on the quarry garden path.
Handling Objects
No Information Available
Audio Tours
No
Site Tours
Pre-booked tours of the garden are now available, led by the Head Gardener.
Tactile Models
Introductory exhibition, including tactile model of the site on ground floor of stable block, close to the car park.
Areas Of Low Lighting
Some rooms in the hall and castle are lit by natural light.
Colour Contrasts
No information available.
Large Print
There is a large print introductory exhibition to the site.
Deaf / Hard of Hearing
Assistance Dogs Welcome
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Vibrating Fire Alarms
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Tour Transcripts
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Film Subtitles
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BSL Tours
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Audio Installation Transcripts
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Dog Bowl and Toileting
There is a dog bowl at the entrance to the site and at the castle. There are three dog bins on the site: in the car park; castle and on the quarry garden path.
Induction Loops
No
Learning Difficulties
Accessible Toilets
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Adult Changing Area
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Easy-use Cutlery
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Sensory Experiences
Seasonal fragrances from tulips, azara microphylla to verbena, with rhododendrons creating a rolling landscape and a dazzling scent in May-June. Blackbirds, robins and blue tits can be heard around the site along with the occasional woodpecker.
Handling Objects
No Information Available
Basic Language Audio Tours
No information available
Easy Read Material
No information available
Large Print Material
Large print site information is available from the shop.
Dyslexia Friendly Material
No information available
Culinary / Dietary
Easy-use Cutlery
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Bottle / Food Warming
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Child Portions
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High Chairs
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Special Diets
There are vegetarian offers available on the menu and gluten free products too. All products are locally sourced.
Health And Safety
Deep Water
Small pond in Quarry Garden, please keep children and dogs away from the edge.
Trip Hazard
No Information Available
Sheer Drop
Sheer drops in formal garden areas and at the castle. Please keep an eye on children and dogs.
Slip Hazard
Paths can be muddy (or icy paths in cold weather). Please wear appropriate footwear and take care when walking through the grounds.
Steep Slope
No information available
Steep Stairs
No information available
Beware Of Traffic
No information available
Uneven Ground
Uneven floors in the hall and at the castle. Please take care when walking around the site.
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