Explore Belton's summer gardens

The twelfth century parish church of St Peter and St Paul at Belton

Summer is well and truly on the way, and what better way to spend a summer's day than wandering through Belton’s charming gardens?

The Italian Garden

What is now the Italian Garden was remodelled extensively in 1816 to include the Orangery, fountain and Lion Exedra.

Belton’s head gardener, Jon, has worked from historic plans, photos and paintings to recreate the deep herbaceous borders running through the centre of the Italian Garden. The borders will bring added colour and interest over the summer months.

A historic photograph from Belton's collection of the gardens deep herbaceous borders
A historic photograph from Belton's collection of the deep herbaceous borders running through the centre of the Italian Garden
A historic photograph from Belton's collection of the gardens deep herbaceous borders

In July, blue agapanthus makes a striking display in front of the Orangery. While deep red 'Bishop of Llandaff' dahlias also look superb with their ruffled petals catching the sunlight.

The Orangery at Belton House
The Orangery at Belton House, Lincolnshire
The Orangery at Belton House

Works to restore features of the Italian Garden as they appeared in the late 1820s are ongoing.

In and around the Orangery

Overlooking the Italian Garden, the Orangery is home to a collection of lush foliage and exotic blooms. Californian and Kentia Palms add texture and height. Pelargoniums frame a tranquil pool, serenely overlooked by the Belton Bather statue.

The Orangery is now open for visitors but please make sure to follow the one way systems.

Discover lush foliage and exotic blooms inside Belton's Orangery
Tall lush foliage and exotic blooms frame a statue overlooking the pond inside the Orangery at Belton House, Lincolnshire
Discover lush foliage and exotic blooms inside Belton's Orangery

In the walled garden behind the Orangery, old-fashioned sweet peas, deep blue delphiniums and fragrant roses are a delight.

A cleome spider flower amoung Belton's herbaceous border
Cleome spider flower amoung sweatpeas in the herbaceous border at Belton House
A cleome spider flower amoung Belton's herbaceous border

The twelfth-century parish church of St Peter and St Paul, beside the Orangery, belongs to the Lincoln Diocese.

Belton's twelfth century parish church is owned by Lincoln Diocese
The twelfth century parish church of St Peter and St Paul at Belton
Belton's twelfth century parish church is owned by Lincoln Diocese

The Dutch Garden

The garden takes its name from the layout of the colourful parterres divided by topiary-lined gravel paths and was inspired by a Dutch design.

Bee amongst the lavender
A bumble bee amongst the lavender in the Dutch garden at Belton House, Lincolnshire
Bee amongst the lavender

The perfect symmetry makes the Dutch Garden a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the delightful fragrance of lilac, orange blossom and lavender. Dark green and golden yew balls perfectly offset weathered stone planters and purple salvia.

Belton House in Pride and Prejudice
The North Front at Belton House, a restoration country house built 1685-88
Belton House in Pride and Prejudice

One of Belton’s most favoured views is from the Sundial looking back at the honey-coloured stone of the house and North Terrace steps. This view featured as Lady Catherine de Burgh's home 'Rosings' in the 1995 BBC TV series of Pride and Prejudice, starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle.

A stroll through the Pleasure Grounds

The Pleasure Grounds are an idyllic spot for a stroll along winding paths surrounded by a range of seasonal wildflowers, taking in features such as the mirror pond and temple.

What better way to spend a summer's day than wandering through Belton’s tranquil gardens?
A reflection of the garden temple in Belton’s mirror pond
What better way to spend a summer's day than wandering through Belton’s tranquil gardens?
Look out for the ha-ha, with views across the parkland and take time to enjoy the tranquillity of the lakes.

The Swiss fishing lodge on Belton's boating lake
The Swiss fishing lodge on the boating lake at Belton House, Lincolnshire
The Swiss fishing lodge on Belton's boating lake

Pause by the statue of Ceres where the creamy, snapdragon-like flowers and leafy branches of the Indian bean tree frame another perfect view of the house.

 

What’s more, every time you explore Belton’s gardens this summer, your support helps us care for this special place for ever, for everyone.

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Belton's Italian Garden in the summer

Please book before visiting 

The pleasure grounds and parkland at Belton will reopen from Wednesday 3 June and you’ll need to book tickets before you visit. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. We'll be releasing tickets every Friday.  Please note we’ll be turning people away who arrive and haven't booked. We're looking forward to welcoming you back.