Enjoy the mansion, gardens and parkland
Find out what awaits as you set off to Belton. The restoration house, formal gardens and historic deer park are all waiting for you to discover. Visit the family fun page and bring the kids. Take a look at the Eating and Shopping pages to see where you can relax with a bite to eat and a drink.
Built for Sir John Brownlow in the 1680s, the grand restoration mansion has all the design features of a classic English country house. Grand display rooms and impressive collections of porcelain, silver and paintings can be found alongside the more quirky aspects such as the two storey chapel and below stairs servants’ areas.
There’s lots to see, so you’re invited to explore the mansion at your own pace. There’s no set visitor route, so feel free to pick up a leaflet and enjoy the luxurious surroundings as you please.
The two formal gardens, side by side but remarkably different in style, pleasure grounds and boating lakes provide a charming place for a stroll that is constantly changing throughout the seasons. The Italian Garden was remodelled extensively in 1816 to include the Orangery, fountain and Lion Exedra. The Dutch Garden is so called because the layout of the colourful parterres, divided by topiary-lined gravel paths, was inspired by a Dutch design. It famously featured in the BBC’s 1995 recreation of Pride and Prejudice, as Mr Collins ambled along its path loudly extolling the grandeur of ‘Rosings Park’ that stood before the characters.
Heading up through the pleasure grounds will take you walking beside the temple, mirror pond and wooded area. Full of wildlife and seasonally varying wildflowers, this walk concludes at the shores of the boating lakes and the recently restored boathouse. If you fancy a longer walk, you can continue along the bank and circle the lakes. Why not play a game of croquet on the East Lawn in summer?
Please be sure to take a look at the article at the bottom of this page for details of how to access the gardens.
Home to the fallow deer herd for over 300 years, the parkland has more than 1300 acres to wander through. It’s a great place to play ball games or take the dog for a walk, with lots of lovely picnicking spots too. Woods, streams and meadows all provide excellent conditions for various species to thrive. The rare white-clawed crayfish can be found throughout the streams and rivers, watched over by kingfishers and several species of woodpecker.