Five things to do at Belvoir Castle
1. Spot a slice of Queen Victoria’s Wedding Cake in the Elizabeth Saloon
The Elizabeth Saloon is one of the most magnificent rooms in the whole Castle, with gilded peacocks, rich Chinese silk, hand painted ceilings and even a slice of Queen Victoria’s Wedding Cake, safely preserved in a beautiful gilt-wood table cabinet at the end of the room near the windows. Queen Victoria visited the Castle many times, so you may well walk along her past footsteps. This room was crafted by the 5th Duchess Elizabeth, who sadly died before the room was complete, the room is named the Elizabeth Saloon in her memory.
2. Walk amongst past King & Queens in the Picture Gallery
The Picture Gallery at Belvoir Castle is home to one of the very iconic Hans Holbein portrait of Henry VIII. This portrait was bought for the 4th Duke from Christie’s on the 24th January 1787 for £211.10s in today’s money this is £18,211.10. But in 1780, you could buy one of the following with £211, 10s: 20 Horses, 42 Cows, 235 stones of Wool, 37 quarters of Wheat and 1,410 days of skilled tradesman wages!
3. Enjoy Afternoon Tea in the place where the idea evolved and was created
Did you know that Afternoon Tea was first thought of here at Belvoir Castle? In the 1840’s the seventh Duchess of Bedford, Anna Marie was visiting the Duke of Rutland. The Duchess discovered that dinner was served later at Belvoir Castle than she was used too, therefore she was left feeling a little hungry and low in the afternoon. The Duchess requested the butler to bring her some tea with sandwiches in the late afternoon. It was at this point that afternoon tea was created! The new trend was passed onto her good friend Queen Victoria, who then encouraged it at court. The Queen and Prince Albert then began taking the traditional Afternoon Tea after 3pm. So, there is really no better place to indulge in a delicious Duchesses Afternoon Tea!
4. Wander through the woodlands & gardens or find the tallest Yew tree in Europe!
The Belvoir Estate lets you get lost for hours amongst some of nature’s true beauties. Our Capability Brown landscape makes for the perfect walking day with over 6 routes there are plenty of hidden adventures to start. With the Root & Moss House, Tufa Grotto and the beautiful Pink Dairy. Good luck finding the tallest Yew tree in Europe (it is hard to miss)! We definitely recommend bringing a picnic along to enjoy one of incredible viewpoints overlooking the Vale of Belvoir.
5. Visit our new rural retail village the Engine Yard
Carefully restored from Victorian buildings the Engine Yard is the first retail village of its kind in the local area. Originally constructed in 1850, the Engine Yard has a wealth of history, which you can read more about here. Today it’s home to a distinctive selection of shops and experiences right next to Belvoir Castle, with clothing, gifts, homewear, butchery, artisan foods and a beautiful cafe available.