Things to see and do
Grand Grecian Hall
Go indoors and immerse yourself in the architecture of ancient Greece in Belsay's Greek-revival mansion. Inspired by a honeymoon trip to Athens, the unfurnished Pillar Hall is at the centre of the house. Wander through the closely spaced ionic columns and enjoy the beautifully light atrium.
Explore the family bedrooms with their original fireplace grates and spectacular views of the magnolia terrace. Wallpaper from the 1800s still hangs with its original floral prints.
The hall was built from rock carved from Belsay's very own quarry. The Middleton family lived in a Jacobean mansion wing of the castle, before they moved into the newly built Belsay Hall on Christmas Day in 1817 so winter is a particularly special time for Belsay.
Lose yourself in Belsay's vast and varied grounds which provide a magnificent setting for the castle and hall. Meander through lovingly restored heritage gardens, beautiful formal terraces and beds are packed with an impressive array of shrubs and flowers which change with the seasons.
The high point of any visit to Belsay is the unique Quarry Garden, a truly unique fantasy of ravines and pinnacles filled with winter flowering Rhododendrons, ferns and rare plants.
Marvel at the views from the massive 14th-century defensive 'pele tower' at the top of the ruined medieval castle. The castle was built as a refuge at a time of Anglo-Scottish warfare but it was also designed to impress. It still displays rare traces of elaborate medieval wall paintings. A manor house style wing was added later.
The whole ensemble at Belsay is the creation of the Middleton family over more than seven centuries. The estate was owned almost continuously by the family from the 13th century, when Sir Richard de Middleton was Lord Chancellor to King Henry III.
All that beauty can sharpen the appetite, so make your way to the Belsay Hall Tearoom in the hall's original kitchen for yet more treats.
Our tearoom is open weekends in Winter as well as daily durning the festive and half-term holiday periods. Enjoy warming soups and hot sandwiches, tempting homemade cakes and lunches where we use fresh, seasonal local ingredients wherever possible.
Plan your visit to Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens today.