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A medieval castle that was enlarged in the early 17th century, a Greek Revival mansion that superseded it as a family residence at the beginning of the 19th century, and an outstanding garden linking the two buildings. 

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Prepare to be enchanted by Belsay's Grecian architecture, medieval castle, and thirty acres of outstanding gardens. Roam the grand 'Pillar Hall', adventure into the Quarry Garden with exotic plants around every twist and turn, and enjoy wonderful views from the top of the castle tower. Once you've worked up an appetite enjoy a well-deserved break in our tempting Victorian tearoom - set in the original kitchens.

Halloween Woodland Walks

As the days grow shorter and the nights get longer, bring your family to join our ghost-hunting storytellers on a trip through the shadows of Wrest Park's woodland trail.

With well-told tales full of spooky, strange and silly goings-on, this Halloween walk is sure to get you into the spirit of the season. This is an outdoor tour, so please wear suitable clothes and shoes. It lasts about 45 minutes, and it’s suitable for children aged 5-12.

Walks take place from the 29th October - 31st October. There will be walks departing at 5.30pm, 6.30pm & 7.30pm. There will be an allocated time on your ticket. Please arrive promptly as each walk must depart on time.

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Spooky Daytime

Gather your little monsters for a ghoulishly good day out this half term. Follow the trail to solve creepy clues and gather round to listen to spooky stories. There’s a frighteningly fun fancy dress competition every day – just come in your scariest outfits to be in with a chance of winning.

Takes place from the 24th October - 1st November. There will be multiple times to attend throughout the day. Must be booked in advance.

Free for members, one adult and up to 6 children as guests.

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FAQs and safety guidelines

English Heritage have put together an FAQs page, which contains the answers to a large number of queries. A number of safety measures have also been implemented at sites which can be viewed on the English Heritage website.

Special Guidance
  • English Heritage may have limited internet coverage, so tap on your digicard before setting off. It will stay live on your phone for three days.



Visited here many times and love to wander around the garden on way to castle. Very restful. Nice shop too.

Lovely grounds and great staff

Just showed my card and ID - no problem at all. Had a super day. The gardens are so pretty!

Great day out with some stunning views especially from the top of the castle

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