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 20 October. 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

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 10.30 am and 2 pm. 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

Below Stairs Tours

Sat 18 Nov 2017
Go below stairs in the mansion to discover what it was like for servants living and working at Belton House.

Getting ready for Christmas

Sat 18 Nov 2017
Belton's gift and book shops will be open late, and the stables restaurant will be serving festive warming treats. Come and soak up the Christmas atmosphere when Belton's looking its sparkly best.

Railways in a Cornish Landscape: by Stephen Gay

Fri 24 Nov 2017
Join Stephen and his faithful German Shepherd dog, Wrawby, on their journeys and adventures exploring the railways of Cornwall.

Adult craft week

Mon 27 Nov 2017
Prepare for the festive season with Belton's first adult craft week.

Father Christmas in his winter grotto

Fri 01 Dec 2017
Visit Father Christmas in his winter grotto and receive a gift.

Deck the Hall: Yuletide Customs and Traditions

Fri 01 Dec 2017
Christmas, as a time of celebrations, has a very long history. The great mid-winter festival is still greeted with feasting and drinking throughout the 12 days of Christmas.
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.