Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens Facilities

  • Parking

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    Free parking for visitors. The main car park is located next to the entrance to the site. There are also two overflow car parks which are located further away from the main entrance. Blue Badge Parking is available in the main car park, which is close to the shop and admissions with ramp access to the hall and tearoom.
  • Food And Drink

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    The tearoom is located in the original kitchen of the hall. Food is freshly prepared to order.  It serves a wide selection of  delicious light meals including cream teas, cakes, hot and cold sandwiches, soup and baked potatoes. Or you can just enjoy a relaxing cup of tea or coffee.

    See our Food and Drink page for more details of what we offer at Belsay.

  • Picnic Area

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    You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy at one of the picnic tables which are located on the grassed area off the main car park.
  • Shop

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    The gift shop sells a range of inspiring English Heritage gifts, including wines and preserves, postcards, books, jewellery, homeware, and children's toys.
  • Toilets

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    Male and female toilets located in the main car park. In the summer season extra unisex portable toilets are located at the castle. Baby changing facilities are in the disabled toilet at the main car park.
  • Dogs

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    Dogs are allowed in the grounds on a short lead. No dogs allowed in the hall or castle. Assistance dogs are welcome.

  • Exhibition

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    Extensive list of events throughout the year. Please see Events page for details.

  • Gardens

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    Belsay is renowned for having one of the most extraordinary picturesque garden landscapes in England. The landscape divides into formal gardens, near to the house, and the wild gardens beyond. Most remarkable are the romantic quarry gardens on the walk to the castle. Paths through the grounds are flat and accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Seating and rest areas are found in the formal gardens, East Quarry path and at the castle. It is a 1/2 mile walk from the hall through the gardens to the castle. There area around 40 acres to explore in total.

  • Family Friendly

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    Baby Changing Facilities

    Baby changing facilities are in the disabled toilet.

    High Chairs

    Three highchairs are available in the tearoom.

    Push Chairs Allowed

    Pushchairs are allowed on site.
  • Please Be Aware

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    Some rooms in the hall and castle are lit by natural light. There are some uneven floors in the hall and at the castle. Please take care when walking around the site.

  • International

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    Foreign Language Guide Books

    We have sheets giving a brief history of the site available in French, German and Italian.
  • Commercial Photograph And Filming

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    English Heritage welcomes amateur photographers to our sites and we hope you will share your pictures of your visit with us on social media.

    If you are looking to use one of our sites for commercial, corporate or professional photography or as a filming location, please contact our filming team as soon as possible to check availability and acquire the relevant permissions and paperwork.

    Due to the delicate nature of our sites, English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions.

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