Capability Brown Garden Bus Tours
Explore Capability Brown’s spectacular long ‘lost landscape’ design for Belvoir Castle.
Brown’s original landscape designs lay largely forgotten in the Castle’s archives for almost 200 years, thought to have been lost in the 1816 fire that destroyed almost half of the Castle. The plans were only rediscovered by chance back in 2014. A subsequent two-year restoration programme, led by the 11th Duchess, has recreated large parts of the landscape as it was conceived by Brown.
The 4th Duke of Rutland commissioned Brown to produce a plan for the Belvoir Estate, but at the time of Brown’s death in 1783 the scheme remained mostly unfulfilled. A certain amount of it was implemented in the 19th Century by Elizabeth, the 5th Duchess, but the majority of Brown’s extensive vision has only recently been realised by the 11th Duke and Duchess of Rutland.
The guided journey around the gardens is in the comfort of our new electric bus. Narrated by Emma, The Duchess of Rutland, the journey starts at the Castle and continues taking in the parkland’s flora and fauna, as well as exploring new areas and previously unseen woodland and lake views.
Journeys take from one to two hours depending on the trip taken.
Picnic tours are also available – please email [email protected] for more details.
Terms and Conditions
Journeys are planned to take a specific route and can not go off road. Weather dependant. No unaccompanied children. No refunds given to pre booking but journeys can be changed. Booking valid for 6 months from the date of purchase. No animals please.