Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

Belsay Awakes

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 the autumn of 2022 and be completed in 2023.

Belsay will remain open during the full season of 2022, with the exception of the Hall which maybe closed for short periods during the scaffolding works. The grounds and gardens will be open for you to enjoy, and an ambitious conservation-in-action programme will allow visitors unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to see and hear about the conservation work and project plans which are transforming the site.

Latest news

August 2021- X75 Belsay Express

The X75 Belsay Bus completed its last journey for this season. The bus, which operated on Sat and Sun in July and August, was a trial run to test its long term feasibility. The service carried over 500 people, all of whom would not have been able to access the site without the bus service.

July 2021 - Update

New Accessible Toilets

Upgrades to the toilet block at Belsay were completed at the end of July 2021. The refurbishment included an accessible toilet and changing room facility, which are now open to the public. The changing places facilities are located in the main car park before admissions.

January 2021 - Update

Gardens update

The restoration of the formal gardens in the Lower Terrace, Magnolia Terrace and the Yew Garden was completed by the end of December 2020. The garden team have restored much of the historic fabric of these areas, opening up historic views and restoring biodiversity. All the clearing and replanting work has been completed to the design of celebrity gardener Dan Pearson. Work is on-going in the woodland near the Hall where most of the self-sown trees and shrubs have been removed ahead of replanting work this spring. After Hall Wood, the garden team plan to begin work on the Winter Garden and the meadow area in the east quarry. The work to make Crag Wood more accessible and open up views of the surrounding countryside was completed in November 2020.

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 will remain open during the full season of 2021, with the exception of the Hall which will be closed during the scaffolding works. The grounds and gardens will be open for you to enjoy, and an ambitious conservation-in-action programme will allow visitors unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to see and hear about the conservation work and project plans which are transforming the site.

 

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