Christmas in the mansion
Immerse yourself in the jazz age as the great house welcomes High Society’s bright young things for a mysterious ‘Saturday-to-Monday’ party, sparkling with Art Deco style.
Midwinter Mystery Tour
The year is 1929 and Lady Kitty Brownlow, an amateur actress, has invited her closest and most creative friends to join her in staging a murder mystery play.
The scene is set, an uninvited guest has been found dead in the Breakfast Room. The below stairs staff are discreetly watching the play unfold and are reporting back to the curious cook, Agatha, who is eager to solve the murder.
As a visitor to Belton this Christmas, we will ask you to unravel the secrets behind Kitty’s mystery play and experience the house as you've never seen it before.
Take the tour
Midwinter Mystery is a guided tour with a twist. Hear the story unfold and listen out for clues as our eccentric game-maker leads you through the basement. Then ascend the stairs to investigate the crime scene. Search for evidence to support your hunches in the family rooms before regrouping in the Chapel Drawing Room for the ‘summing up’.
Tours run daily from 11am - 3pm and tickets can be bought at Visitor Reception from 9.30am. Please note that advance booking is only available online for the tours running at 11am, 12.20pm, 1.40pm and 3pm. Advance booking is not available for any of the other tour times as tours are volunteer led and subject to availability. With limited spaces they can book up quickly, so we advise collecting a ticket on arrival to avoid disappointment. To book, please visit Belton's 'What's On' page.
Visitors are asked to dress warmly with comfortable shoes as the house is not heated in winter. Each tour lasts 50 minutes, and includes three flights of stairs and uneven flooring in the basement. This immersive tour costs £4 for all visitors (children under 3, free) in addition to standard winter grounds admission.
Mansion at Christmas
If you don’t fancy the murder mystery tour, you can still enjoy seeing the mansion in festive finery. This year we’re dressing the main reception rooms in the style of a 1920s High Society Christmas. Be transported back in time to the ‘roaring twenties’ with Christmas trees glittering in Art Deco glamour, a lavishly dressed dining table and costumed house guests to greet you.
Over the festive period the house is open every day (except for Christmas day). Entry is at 15 minute intervals between 11.30am - 3pm, with the house closing at 4pm. A limited number of timed slots can be pre-booked online, with the remaining tickets available on a first-come-first-served basis from the Information Point on the day.
There is no charge to National Trust members. For non-members, there's an upgrade fee on top of the winter grounds admission (children under 5, free). Please note that basement rooms will only be accessible to holders of a Midwinter Mystery Tour ticket.
Caring for the collection
Christmas in the mansion will allow visitors to see parts of Belton House dressed for the festive season. Not all rooms will be open as the winter months allow the house and collections team to care for Belton’s treasures, as part of the annual clean. Visitors to the mansion will have free flow access to the Marble Hall, Tapestry Room, Red Drawing Room, Breakfast Room and Hondecoeter Dining Room.
During winter the team clean and inspect every room on the visitor route, gently caring for each object and the walls and carpets that surround them. Everything is then covered with dust sheets to keep the items clean and protected until the house reopens in spring.