Lose yourself in the vast 30 acre Grade I listed gardens. Follow through ravines cut out of rock to discover the jurassic-feeling Quarry Garden. Inspired by Sir Charles Monck's travels, the Quarry Garden has its own microclimate which means all sorts of exotic plants grow here.
Enjoy year-round seasonal interest in the formal Yew Garden and Magnolia Terrace, recently revived by renowned gardener Dan Pearson. And if you're feeling energetic why not take the Crag Wood Walk?
Discover the story of Belsay Hall in the ruined medieval castle, then power up 56 spiral stairs to marvel at the view from the top of the 14th-century defensive 'pele tower' at the top. The castle was built as a refuge at a time of Anglo-Scottish warfare but it was also designed to impress.
Explore the maze of rooms and keep your eye out for rare traces of elaborate medieval wall paintings. In the manor house style wing you can still see the old cooking range and fireplaces.
Younger visitors can release their inner Wild Man with in the play area, featuring towering climbing frames, winding slide, swings and lots more to explore, along with a dedicated area for toddlers. Relax with refreshments in the transformed coach house café, or in summer months keep an eye out for the ice cream van.
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