Self-guided visits and background information

A girl leaning on a fence to fill in a trail at Belton House, Lincolnshire

Explore the Gardens and Parkland your way this year with our new range of free learning resources. Plan your project-based learning inspired by Belton’s house and grounds.

Copies of the leaders’ notes or walks can be provided on the day for a small charge of £5 per class. If you wish to visit the House during your self-guided visit, please contact the Learning and Community Team to discuss your requirements.

In the Gardens

How does the Garden Grow? Belton’s gardeners plant hundreds of flower in the Italian and Dutch Gardens every summer. Explore these gardens and discover more about the plants.

Woodland Habitats The pleasure grounds at Belton, is full of deciduous and evergreen trees. This garden is home to lots of different birds, animals and plants. To support these notes is an optional Woodlands Habitat activity booklet and spring and summer or autumn and winter i-spy leaflets.

Creative Gardens Sophia Cust was a watercolour painter and a member of the family. She spent lots of summers at Belton House. Follow in Sophia’s footsteps and see the gardens through a painter’s eye. To support your creative visit is an optional Botanical Artist activity booklet introducing another creative woman of Belton House.

Paint the Garden Pick up a Belton House sketchbook and borrow an artist’s kit (£1 per sketchbook plus £10 to hire class artist’s kit) or bring your own.

Ranger’s Packs The pleasure grounds are home to lots of birds and mini-beasts. Borrow either a bug hunting or birdwatching kit (£10 per class kit), to explore this part of the garden.

Maths in the Gardens Explore the shape, symmetry and mathematics of the house and gardens with these Key Stage One, Lower Key Stage Two and Key Stage Two activity booklets.

In the House

There are new ways to discover the house this year with some self-guided options available. Please email the Learning and Community Team to discuss your visit.

Background information

These information sheets are designed to provide some background knowledge to help answer those little questions that pop up during a visit.

Have you ever wondered who built the house or why it’s special? What’s so special about the architecture of Belton House? will answer those questions and highlights some of the best architecture features to explore.

How has the parkland changed? Designed to impress, the Brownlow family have made many changes to the natural environment. They even changed the course of the River Witham!

A YMCA hut on Belton Park during the First World War

First World War at Belton Park

Using the stories of men and women who served at Belton Park Camp during the First World War, these short case studies explore an important part of local history.

The house next door

Truly your ‘house next door’, we’re able to work with you to support project-based or regular learning opportunities.

Using a driving question and part of the grounds or collections as a starting point, your children will be able to engage with and make deeper connections to original art, while supporting cross-curricular learning.

At the end of your project, there is also an opportunity to share your work through an exhibition in one of Belton’s learning spaces. 

Exploring the sundial and What are the natural treasures of Belton House? are examples of how two local schools have used their Educational Group Membership to maximum effect.

We're a registered provider and supporter of Arts Award. Please email the Learning and Community Team to talk about how we can best support you.

" [Working with classmates on a portrait of two brothers] - I think they would be proud to have their portrait painted because it meant they would be part of their family's history."
- A pupil visiting Belton