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Belton by Design
The Perfect English Country House?
Begun for Sir John Brownlow in 1685, Belton was certainly designed to impress and across its 300 year history, each generation of the Brownlows left their creative mark.
The work of leading designers, artists and craftsmen is evidenced in the house; from Grinling Gibbons carvings and Edward Goudge plasterwork to one of the most significant historic silver collections in the country and the second largest library held by the National Trust. Relatively compact it may be, but the quality of its collection, its setting in 36 acres of formal gardens and 1300 acres of deer park mean that Belton House is regarded as the most complete example of an English country house.
In 2014 we'll be celebrating the importance of design at Belton through a broad range of events and activities, from Meet the Expert talks to Design Days for families.
Your Day, Your Way
A visit to the mansion gives you the opportunity to plan your day, your way. Gone is the set visitor route; Now you can explore at your own pace, enjoy themed interpretation, guided tours and rooms that enable you to delve a little deeper while our daily Below Stairs Tours give fascinating insights into how Belton's servants lived and worked in the 1900s.
Join our Nordic Walking group on Tuesday mornings. You don't need experience but a reasonable level of fitness and sturdy footwear is advised.
There's no additional charge but grounds admission applies.
Meet Brian at Visitor Reception.
Dogs at Belton
Dogs on leads are welcome in the parkland and stable yard but we do ask that the gardens and the outdoor adventure playground remain dog-free areas.
We provide water bowls in the stable yard and a doggie bin by the cattle grid near Visitor Reception. Assistance dogs are welcome in all areas of Belton.
Belton dog walks
Saturdays, 19 April and 31 May
Do you walk your dog regularly at Belton or maybe you're not sure where the best walks are? Join us for a group walk, meet new people and get to know the parkland with your pooch. We'll meet at Visitor Reception at 11.30am.
It's free to come on the walk but grounds admission does apply.
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Studio Silver Today
An exhibition from the Goldsmiths' Company will be an added attraction for visitors this year. Running until 2 November, the exhibition showcases the work of contemporary silversmiths. Acclaimed silversmith Angela Cork will also be in the mansion most Saturdays, working on a Belton-inspired piece.