Belvoir Castle sits proudly on a solitary hill, with its turrets and towers rising above the Vale of Belvoir, it is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Rutland. Surrounded by a Capability Brown landscape and spectacular views of Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire. The Rutland family have lived at Belvoir in an unbroken line for almost a thousand years and is currently the family home of the 11th Duke, the Duchess and their children. The Castle you see today was built for the 5th Duke and Duchess in 1819 by architect James Wyatt. The castle was given the French name "Belvoir" meaning beautiful view, now pronounced "Beaver". It remains one of the magnificent and beautiful Regency houses in England, with many rooms steeped in history along with an impressive collection of period furniture and art.
Amidst the 3000 acres of naturally designed landscape, Capability left 26 acres of pleasure gardens for Duchess's to leave their own mark. Elizabeth the 5th Duchess, faithfully followed Brown's plan, while Violet the 8th Duchess, hired Edwardian designer Harold Peto. And Emma the 11th Duchess, is responsible for today's 10-year extensive restoration program, with over 13 acres of woodlands being cleared and replanted with rare trees and shrubs. including Magnolias, Rhododendrons, Camellias, Azaleas, Enkianthus, and Styrax to name but a few. Carved into the steep hill of the castle is a formal Rose Garden that leads to wonderful views of Rhododendrons over the statue garden, Japanese woodland and other beautiful areas of Belvoir.
Opening times: Gardens open from March through to October from 11.00am – 5:30pm (ticket office opens at 10:30 and last admission is at 4:00pm). Days are dependant please check our website for more details.
Admission rates: Garden only tickets from £12 for adults, children £8 and family ticket £36. Please see website for more details.
Group rates: Minimum group size 15, tel: 01476 871032
Facilities: Castle, Gardens, Engine Yard Retail Village, Tea Room.
Disabled Access: Only lower floor of the castle accessible (free entry). Parking for disabled is available up at the Castle.
Tours: Guided tours of the castle are available at 11:30am, 1:30pm & 3:00pm. (Garden and group tours must be pre-arranged).
Coach parking: Yes
Length of visit: All day including Engine Yard Retail Village
Booking contact: Katie Fletcher | Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire, NG32 1PE | 01476 871032 | KFletcher@belvoircastle.com
Tel: 01476 871032
Location: Signposted from the A52 & A1. 8 miles from Grantham.
Updated: December 2019