Belvoir Castle’s history dates back to the eleventh century. It is the ancestral home of the Duke of Rutland, where the family have lived in an unbroken line for almost a thousand years.
Crowning a hill outside the county of Rutland, the Castle’s turrets and towers rise over the Vale of Belvoir like an illustration in a romantic fairy-tale. The name Belvoir – meaning ‘beautiful view’ in French, and pronounced today as ‘beaver’ – dates back to Norman times.
Belvoir Castle & Gardens
The castle is open to the public for certain days throughout the year, please check their website for full details. For lovers of the outdoors, there are many walks through the formal gardens on the castle terrace and into the woodland through the Japanese, Duchess’s and Hermit’s gardens. The Duke’s Walk is three miles and allows you to take in all the gardens with stunning views. We welcome well-behaved dogs throughout the garden and park, however as there is wildlife and livestock roaming in these areas, please do keep them on lead at all times
where the family have lived in an unbroken line for almost a thousand years
The castle and surrounding parkland play host to a range of country pursuits, corporate events and wedding parties, as well as featuring in films including the Da Vinci Code and Young Victoria.
New Adventure Playground
New adventures are to be had in the gardens with the castle investing £350,000 on a bespoke Adventure Playground. Inspired by the iconic architecture of the Leicestershire estate and Belvoir’s past and present explorers, the playground covers four acres and features a giant timber castle, ship and towers ideal for children and teenagers of all ages.
Inside the castle structure and its multiple levels, adventurers are able to discover hidden tunnels, a secret climbing wall, and a giant tube slide whilst the ramp-accessible ship features porthole windows, a climbing net and a zip wire for daring sailors to exit the deck and fly through the trees. Entry to the Adventure Playground is included in all garden tickets with passes available for regular visitors.
The Engine Yard
Restored from old estate buildings, now a centre of excellence for local food, drink and artisan shopping
From weddings and celebrations, to corporate events and country pursuits, the Belvoir estate has a lot to offer
Tel (1): 01476871032