Self-guided visits and background information
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.
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.
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!
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.
" [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."