Belvoir Castle

Home to the Duke of Rutland’s family since 1067 with magnificent views over the Vale of Belvoir . Pronounced ‘beaver’, its name derives from the French ‘beautiful view’ and dates back to the Norman times.

Wander around the Rose Garden with its statue of ‘Winter’ by Caius Gabriel Cibber and discover further statues by Cibber in the Statue Garden. Cibber was a Danish sculptor who was appointed ‘carver to the king’s closet’ by William III in 1693.

Explore the Japanese Woodland with its magnificent display of rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias. Many of the shrubs were grown from seeds brought back to England in 19th century by Charles Williams of Caerhays Castle in Cornwall.

From the Root and Moss house in the Duchess Garden, there are wonderful views through rare and exotic trees and shrubs to a newly created pond.

Several grottoes have recently been discovered in the Hermit’s Garden.

If you have time, walk from here to Lord Granby’s Cave along the Duke’s Walk to the Pavilion and Frog Hollow. Make your way back via Carlisle Woodland Garden, past Lady Elizabeth Howard Pavilion and through Sligo Gate to the Mausoleum – please note, the Mausoleum is not open to the public. Wonderful bluebells in the Spring.

In the last decade, the current Duchess of Rutland has overseen a huge restoration project. Part of the landscape was designed by ‘Capability’ Brown but until recently some of his plans had not been implemented – the ‘forgotten’ landscape of ‘Capability’ Brown has been restored.

The Edwardian landscape designer Harold Peto, was commissioned to update the garden by Violet, the 8th Duchess. Peto’s original garden plans have only recently been discovered and show that the Rose Garden is designed as a boat with a Chinese horse at the bow and the circular seat or exedra at the stern.

Belvoir Castle is home to the 11th Duke of Rutland, his estranged wife and their family.

The Castle and gardens are sometimes closed for events – check the website for details.

The Mausoleum is not open to the public.

Historic Houses members and RHS Members visit for free although please check for restrictions before visiting.

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INFORMATION

Address: Grantham, Leicestershire, NG32 1PE View map Phone: 01476 871001 Length of visit: 3-4 hours
Dog friendly: Yes
Cafe: Yes
Car park: Yes
House open: Yes
House open - occasionally: No
Family friendly: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Wheelchair - limited: Yes

For information on opening times and to buy tickets: Click here

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