The Hard Hat Tour

A hard hat in the window of Belton's stables

Originally constructed for Sir John Brownlow in the 1680s, Belton’s Grade 1 Listed Stables boast stalls that are original to the building. The ability to trace the developments in stabling and see how the building changed over history has meant that Belton’s stables are of exceptional significance.

Follow us behind the scenes in the Stables
We're running a special behind the scenes, Hard Hat Tour of Belton’s Stables up until Friday 15 December. A Historic Building Survey was undertaken in 2016 in advance of a project to rehabilitate the building.

Don your hard hats as our experienced guides share with you stories about the history of the stables, who lived and worked in the building and more about the Stables project that is due to start early next year. The tour gives you the chance to visit parts of the building that are usually off limits to staff and visitors

Mind your head!
Belton’s Hard Hat Tour takes you beyond the visitor route into some of the unseen parts of the stables building. As well as the ground floor this tour will take you up into the semi-derelict areas of the building, so that’s why we provide you with a hard hat!

The tour may not be suitable for everyone as we take on stairs, uneven surfaces, many trip hazards, lots of dust and some spiders, so you must be physically fit and have a head for heights.

The Stable stairs that lead to the semi-derelict areas of the building
Belton's Stable stairs
The Stable stairs that lead to the semi-derelict areas of the building

Due to health and safety, there are certain restrictions to Belton’s Hard Hat Tour, including;

  • Hard hats will be provided and must be worn at all times.
  • Visitors must wear sturdy footwear. 
  • Visitors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult (on a 1:1 ratio).
  • The tour is not suitable for under 12's.
  • No baby carriers or pushchairs are allowed.
  • No dogs allowed.

Join the tour
Don your hard hat and join our experienced guides for this very special tour before the project to rehabilitate the building begins this coming winter. Tours are roughly 50 minutes long and run on term time weekdays, at 11.30 am. Places are limited, and the tours operate on a first come first served basis. You can check tour times here but please sign up at visitor reception on the day of your visit.

Upcoming events

Belton's wilderness walk

Tue 24 Apr 2018
An introduction to Belton's wilderness garden and the designed features of the landscape. This short walk follows the river Witham taking in the Gothic Ruin, Hermitage, site of Belton's knucklebone floor and the Boathouse.

Timed entry to Belton House

Wed 25 Apr 2018
You can pre-book any time up to the DAY BEFORE your visit. There is no charge to reserve a mansion key. Entry to Belton is free for members. Non members pay for admission on arrival at Belton. All visitors to the house will require their own key.

Belton Park Cricket Club Home Game

Sat 28 Apr 2018
Founded in 1947 by Lord Brownlow, Belton Park Cricket Club can be seen playing a game on Belton's Oval lawn, most weekends from early spring all the way through to early autumn.

Button Bucks Club

Thu 03 May 2018
Bring your toddler along to enjoy stories, rhymes and crafts in the Discovery Centre on the first and third Thursday of each month.

Sophia's Views

Sat 05 May 2018
Join local artist Jan for a watercolour challenge as you recreate one of Lady Sophia Cust's inspirational scenes of Belton. Bring your paints and brushes, and we'll provide the rest.

Paint the garden

Sun 06 May 2018
Take inspiration from the formal gardens at Belton to create your own work of art.
Bells in the servant's areas below stairs at Belton House

Below stairs tours at Belton House

Find out about the life of a Belton servant on a basement tour.