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Belton by Design
The Perfect English Country House?
Begun in 1685, Belton House has often been described as the quintessential example of Restoration architecture. Between 1660 and the 1680’s, there was something of an English renaissance in the decorative arts after Charles II was reinstated to the throne and the puritanism of Cromwellian rule came to an end. The success of Restoration, or Carolean architecture showed that opulence and splendour were back in fashion.
Built for Sir John Brownlow, 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. Albeit on a modest scale, the design of Belton House, its collection and its setting in 36 acres of formal gardens and 1300 acres of deer park mean that it is regularly referenced 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.
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
Stroll into spring
Looking for an opportunity to meet new people or get some fresh air and exercise?
Join us for a pushchair- friendly walk in the gardens every Wednesday morning.
Meet at Visitor Reception. Normal grounds admission applies.
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
Saturday 26 April
Join us for our second group dog walk of the year. We'll meet at Visitor Reception at 11.30am and head off on a leisurely walk through Belton's parkland.
It's free to come on the walk but grounds admission does apply. Please bring practical footwear.
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8 March - 2 November
An exhibition from the Goldsmiths' Company will be an added attraction for visitors this year. The exhibition, entitled Studio Silver Today, showcases the work of contemporary silversmiths. Acclaimed silversmith Angela Cork will also be in the mansion most Saturdays, working on a Belton-inspired piece.