Explore Belton's summer gardens

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

Belton was designed to impress, and the gardens reflect the formality of the late 17th century in keeping with the period of the mansion. Belton’s gardens have something for everyone.

The Italian Garden

Inspired by the 1st Earl’s Grand Tour of Italy, Sir Jeffry Wyatville was commissioned to design this sunken garden in the early nineteenth century. Successive Brownlow generations enhanced and enriched its plantings and sculpture. Boasting a fountain centrepiece, topiary, and borders full of vibrant colour, the Italian Garden is a delight to discover amid bright summer bedding displays.

Over the past five years, Belton’s garden team have worked from historic plans, photos and paintings to recreate the deep herbaceous borders running through the centre of the Italian Garden. The borders add 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, this protective environment 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 Belton’s bather statue.

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

Designed by Jeffry Wyatville in 1810 and built in 1820, Belton’s orangery was built around a cast iron sub-frame, making it the first garden building of its type in England.

In the walled garden behind the Orangery, old-fashioned sweet peas, a rainbow of hollyhocks and fragrant roses are a delight.

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

The Dutch Garden

The 3rd Earl commissioned the Dutch Garden in the late nineteenth century. 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 in late spring and lavender over the summer months. 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.

The Pleasure Grounds

Over the summer months, Belton’s 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?

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.

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

If you’re looking to find a quiet spot, take a stroll from the fishing lodge up to the top lake. Over the summer months, the hidden away treasure is covered in water lilies, and you can spot an array of wildlife.

" I love the splendour of the formal gardens in the summer, but there’s also something quite lavish about exploring the pleasure grounds in the warm sunshine. Belton’s gardens are a delight to look after, and summer’s the time to admire all the effort the team have put in over the last few months."
- Abigail Pickersgill - Head Gardener, Belton House

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