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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.
Specialist lectures series
Join us for a series of talks to find out more about the history and design of Belton House.
Our experts will speak on a range of subjects from the hallmarking of silver to the design of historic landscapes.
To see a full list of the talks we're hosting this year, just follow the link below. You can buy tickets by calling us on 01476 566116.
The Silver Trust brings Downing Street to Belton
This August we’re delighted to be hosting The Silver Trust collection of contemporary silver, normally used at 10 Downing Street. Belton’s dining room will be graced by some of the finest and most intriguing silverware created in recent years.
Entry to the exhibition is free with a house ticket and opens for viewing from 10.30 Wednesday - Sunday with last admission at 4.30pm. Don’t miss this very special opportunity to view a remarkable collection, seldom on public display.
Dogs at Belton
Bringing your dog to Belton
Dogs on leads are welcome in the parkland and stable yard but the gardens and adventure playground are dog-free areas. There are water bowls in the stable yard and a doggie bin near Visitor Reception.
Assistance dogs are welcome in all areas.
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