The Hard Hat Tour

A girl wearing hard hat climbs up the scaffolding staircase

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
This summer we’ll be running a special behind the scenes, Hard Hat Tour of Belton’s Stables. 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 later this year. This Hard Hat 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

Restrictions
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 winter. Tours are roughly 50 minutes long and run on term time weekdays, at 10.30 am and 2 pm, excluding bank holidays. 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

Which Way? Family Trail

Sat 27 May 2017
09:30-16:30
Explore Belton's Gardens & Parkland on this discovery trail.

Behind the door tour

Sat 27 May 2017
10:00-13:00
Go behind the scenes on this special tour to explore the lesser seen parts of the Mansion.

Half-term fun in the Discovery Centre

Sat 27 May 2017
12:00-16:30
Take part in the seasonal crafts and activities, borrow materials to explore the gardens and parkland, and discover more about Belton's stories.

Family House Tours

Thu 01 Jun 2017
10:30-12:00
Uncover some of the stories of Belton House on this special family tour.

Talking pictures

Fri 02 Jun 2017
10:30-10:45
Discover the stories behind some of Belton's favourite pictures in this interactive, 20 minute workshop. Suitable for visitors aged 6 years and older.

Friday #50things Challenge

Fri 02 Jun 2017
11:00-16:00
Join us as we challenge you to complete one of the #50things activities.
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 one of the daily basement tours.