Rejuvenation of visitor attraction
English Heritage is set to revive the Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens site thanks to a £1.88million grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The property will benefit from a total investment of £5.5million, which also includes support from the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Foyle Foundation and other donors.
The extensive project includes major work to rejuvenate the renowned gardens and conservation work to the roof of the hall, the Coach House and parts of the castle.
It also includes the provision of a new café and family area and an extensive woodland play-and-learn area with an outdoor classroom.
Forming part of the charity’s major programme of interpretation, presentation and conservation at sites in its care, work is due to start in spring 2020, with a phased completion in 2021 and 2022.
Belsay Hall will remain open during the full season of 2020, with an ambitious conservation-in-action programme.
Andrea Selley, historic properties director for English Heritage North, said: “Belsay Hall, together with its medieval castle and unique 20 acres of gardens, is one of our jewels in the North East.
“We see the addition of these new visitor facilities and new interpretation as essential to improve the experience of this special place for visitors.
“We are also pleased to be working in partnership with the Belsay Trust, which manages the wider landscape around Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens.”