About Belvoir

Belvoir, meaning beautiful view in French, dates back to Norman times. The English pronunciation 'Beaver' was built up over many centuries through the inability of Anglo-Saxons to master the French tongue.

Belvoir has been the ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland for one thousand years and is currently the family home of 11th Duke and Duchess and their five children. Read more...

Castle

The present Castle is the fourth to have stood on the site since Norman times. The existing Castle was completed in the early 19th century after previous buildings suffered complete or partial destruction during the Wars of the Roses, the Civil War and a major fire in 1816.

From the elegance of the Elizabeth Saloon and the majesty of the State Dining Room to the delights of the Regents Gallery and the military splendour of the Guard Room, Belvoir possesses one of the most stunning interiors of the period. Read more...

Gardens

When Elizabeth (the 5th Duchess) commissioned James Wyatt to build the Castle in 1799 she undertook the design and landscaping of the gardens, park and grounds herself. She saw the entire Vale of Belvoir as her garden and was merely framing the views with her valley gardens.

Elizabeth's design and the feel of the individual gardens has many overtures brought back from the Grand Tour of an Italian terraced garden. The gardens facing Belvoir are a natural amphitheatre left by the moraines of two glaciers, she used this to her advantage. Read more...

Visit Us

The Castle and Gardens are open to day visitors most Sundays and Mondays from Easter until early September. Read more...

Accommodation

Accommodation is by a Castle hire basis only for weddings, shoots and private events. We have a range of stunning bedrooms, many with four poster beds and adorned with historic tapestries and paintings. Read more...

Belvoir Castle Artists-in-residence

Sculptor Laury Dizengremel and fine artist Andrew Bates are working on exciting projects inspired by Belvoir Castle and the Estate. They are also available for commissions. Read more...

Charities and Fundraising

The Duke and Duchess of Rutland support a number of charitable activities at Belvoir Castle, around the Estate and in the local area. Read more...

Online Shop

Here you can purchase books by the Duchess of Rutland as well as unusual and stylish gifts and homeware. Read more...

Latest News

An update on the gardens from our head gardener Nikki Applewhite Read more...