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.
You can find pre-visit information for the audio described tour of Belsay Hall here.
Mobility / Older Visitors
Accessible ToiletsAdult Changing AreaHandrailsEasy-use CutleryAssistance Dogs WelcomeWheelchair LoanMobility Scooter LoanSite FoldersDog Bowl and ToiletingThere 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 AccessCastle and manor house reached by 700m path through gardens; access to the ground floor of the castle and the manor house via a ramp. Wheelchairs 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 DownVisitors can be set down outside the entrance to Belsay Hall.Disabled ParkingThere are fourteen designated blue badge parking bays in the main car park. We also try to create more spaces on busy event days.StairsSteep, spiral staircase to the upper levels of the castle and stairs to reach the first floor of the hall.Lift AccessNoSeating And RestpointsSeats are located across the grounds of Belsay and inside the hall.Pathways Surface And GradientsA step-free route around Belsay Hall is indicated on the information panel map at the welcome point. 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 ToiletsHandrailsAssistance Dogs WelcomeBraille GuidesBraille SignageTorchesSensory ExperiencesSeasonal 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 ToiletingThere 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.Audio ToursYou can pick up a hand-held device for the audio-described tour at the admissions desk. Headsets are provided but you can use your own.Tactile ModelsTactile map booklets are available from the admissions desk.Areas Of Low LightingSome rooms in the hall and castle are lit by natural light.Large PrintLarge print booklets are available from the admissions desk.
Deaf / Hard of Hearing
Assistance Dogs WelcomeVibrating Fire AlarmsTour TranscriptsFilm SubtitlesBSL ToursAudio Installation TranscriptsDog Bowl and ToiletingThere 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 LoopsNo
Accessible ToiletsAdult Changing AreaEasy-use CutlerySensory ExperiencesSeasonal 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.Large Print MaterialLarge print site information is available from the shop.
Culinary / Dietary
Easy-use CutleryBottle / Food WarmingChild PortionsHigh ChairsSpecial DietsThere are vegetarian and vegan offers available on the menu and gluten free products too. All products are locally sourced.
Health And Safety
Deep WaterSmall pond in the Quarry Garden and lake in Crag Wood, please keep children and dogs away from the edge.Sheer DropSheer drops in formal garden areas and at the castle. Please keep an eye on children and dogs.Slip HazardPaths can be muddy (or icy paths in cold weather). Please wear appropriate footwear and take care when walking through the grounds.Steep StairsThere are steep stairs to the upper areas of the castle.Uneven GroundUneven floors in the hall and at the castle. Please take care when walking around Belsay.