FAQs

 Tickets

Do I have to book tickets for a specific date and time? 
Yes, we do require visitors to be booked in for a specific date and time so that we can maintain capacities in all areas. 

Can I buy tickets for a friend?
Yes, just pass on the ticket email confirmation with reference to the ticket #order number.

I don’t do online shopping – can I still get tickets?
Yes, just visit the ticket office on the day and they will be glad to answer any questions about tours and help you choose the right ticket for you.

Is the email confirmation my actual ticket?
Yes, bring it with you to the ticket office and they’ll replace it with a voucher that you’ll show upon entry to the castle

Do Historic Houses Members get free entry into the Castle & grounds? 
Yes, Historic Houses members are able to gain free access to the Castle & Gardens. No need to pre-book, please just present your pass on arrival. This however does not apply for specific events whereby standard admissions tickets are not applicable for entry. For example Historic Houses are not granted free entry to Regency Christmas.

Do RHS Members get free entry into Belvoir Castle Gardens?

Yes, RHS members are able to gain free access into Belvoir Castle Gardens on dates that we are not running specific events outside of standard admissions tickets.

Parking/Accessibility

Where do I park?
The Ticket Office Car park by Cafe Allez or the Engine Yard Car Park.

Is there a charge for parking?
Yes, charges for parking have recently been put in place at our Ticket Office Car Park
The charges are as follows:
1h free (no ticket required)
1h extra £2.20
2h extra £3.30
3h extra £4.40
All day £5
Overnight (5.30pm – 9am) £20

Please note that Parking Charge Notice enquiries cannot be dealt with by Belvoir Castle staff or staff within any retail unit on the Estate. Should you wish to appeal a Parking Charge Notice please go online at www.initialparking.co.uk. Alternatively, you can send a written appeal to Initial Parking Ltd Suite 83, 51 Pinfold Street, Birmingham, B2 4AY. Please revert all other general parking enquiries to Initial Parking Ltd on info@initialparking.co.uk 

Where do I park if I have mobility issues/ a wheelchair?
We allow those with mobility issues a permit to drive to the top of the hill simply advise the staff at the ticket office. Please see our accessibility page.

Do I need a blue badge to get access to the top of the hill?
No, we’re happy to give a hill -top permit to anyone who would experience difficulty walking to the top. Please see our accessibility page.

Appeal a parking fine: HERE

Afternoon Tea

Our recently refurbished Tearoom, The Aviary, is now open daily. 

 All previously Afternoon Tea Vouchers purchased pre-covid remain valid, please contact us at reception@belvoircastle.com to redeem your voucher.

Food & Drink

The Aviary Tearoom

Open daily for Afternoon Teas and lunch time refreshments 11am – 4pm. We recommend booking Afternoon Teas in advance however tables are usually available on a walk-in basis. 

The Fuel Tank Cafe
Enjoy a delicious menu of fresh home cooked meals, light lunches or just a slice of cake! The Fuel Tank is the perfect place for a hearty lunch or a morning coffee. Located at the heart of our Engine Yard retail village. Open 7 days a week.

Balloon Bar

Relax in unique and stylish surroundings. Taste the Balloon Bar’s magical cocktails, groove to live bands till late and indulge in scrumptious sharing boards and nibbles. Open Thursday – Sunday. 

Dogs

Can I bring my dog where can/can’t they go?
Well behaved dogs are welcome in the gardens and grounds. They must be on a lead at all times and we ask that you clear up after them. Dogs are not welcome within the Castle. 

Should I bring my dog for afternoon tea?
No, there are no outdoor seating areas and as the dog cannot be granted entry to the castle it would be unattended.

Is Belvoir Castle Open all year around?

Our opening times vary; please see our opening times for up-to-date information.

Is photography and videography allowed at the castle?

Yes. Personal photography of the grounds, castle, gardens and views are of course allowed and welcomed. Professional photography is not permitted, and photographs taken on the estate may not be sold or used for any commercial or promotional purpose without consent from the estate.

Are drones allowed at the castle?

Please note that in the interests of visitor safety, we do not permit the launching or landing of drones at Belvoir Castle, unless agreed in advance in writing. For further information, please see the Drone Code produced by the Civil Aviation Authority for a practical guide on how to fly your drone safely and in full compliance with the law.

Is Belvoir Castle a National Trust or English Heritage property?

Belvoir Castle is a family owned estate, it is not part of National trust.

Is Belvoir estate a Capability Brown landscape?

Yes. In fact, Belvoir estate was the last landscape designed by Capability Brown before he died. Learn more here

What does Belvoir mean?

The name Belvoir – meaning ‘beautiful view’ in French, and pronounced today as ‘beaver’ – dates back to Norman times. Four castles have stood on this spot since 1067, and it’s a pretty perfect location for a fortified castle.

How far is Belvoir Castle from Grantham?

The distance between Grantham and Belvoir Castle is 6 miles. The road distances 8 miles.

Can you stay at Belvoir Castle?

While Belvoir is first and foremost a family home, you are welcome as overnight guests in the Castle for special occasions. Visit our Stay with Us page to see all the ways you’re able to stay with the Belvoir Estate here.

Is the Duke of Rutland related to the queen?

Dukedom of Rutland. In 1703, the ninth Earl of Rutland was created Duke of Rutland and Marquess of Granby by Queen Anne.

How close is the Engine Yard to the castle?

The Engine Yard is at the foot of the hill the castle sits on. It is approximately a 10 minute walk to the castle from the Engine yard and a 2 minute drive.

Can we bring babies/will there be change facilities

There are baby changing facilities in the castle toilets.