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Belsey Hall, Castle and Gardens are situated just outside of Newcastle upon Tyne, in the North East of England. The site comprises three key and unique elements, including the gardens, the 17th century Greek Revival mansion and the medieval castle.
The castle was built in the 14th century and is of the pele-tower design which is a regional style of fortification built by the wealthy in the Middle Ages.
Belsay Hall was built between 1810 and 1817 for Sir Charles Monck in a Greek Doric style. It is said that Belsay Hall was the first British country house to be designed using this Greek revival style, making it a fairly unique building.
The Gardens were designed to give the castle and hall beautiful surroundings and create scenic grounds. The gardens are constructed using stone and rock to create a natural look. The Gardens house a range of exotic plants, along with rhododendrons and other wild flowers.
Today, Belsey Hall, is a Grade I listed building along with Belsay Castle which is also Grade I listed.
Belsey Hall is used primarily for showcasing art installations, meaning that the interior of the building is unfurnished and renovated simply to keep the building in good condition to avoid future damage from issues such as rot and decay.
The Castle is open to the public, allowing you to step back in time and explore the rooms within the castle itself. There is plenty of history here, with medieval paintings, the old cooking range and fireplaces.
There is also a Victorian tea room which serves a range of hot lunches, light meals and drinks all locally sourced. Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens is the perfect place to visit for locals wanting to learn about the history of the buildings, and tourists visiting Newcastle and the surrounding areas.