There are magnificent views over the Vale of Belvoir. Pronounced ‘beaver’, the name dates back to Norman times and is from the French ‘beautiful view’.
Wander around the Rose Garden with its statue of ‘Winter’ by Caius Gabriel Cibber and further statues by Cibber in the Statue Garden.
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. Wonderful bluebells in the Spring.
The recent discovery of garden plans by ‘Capability’ Brown and Harold Peto has led to a series of restoration projects. The ‘forgotten’ landscape of ‘Capability’ Brown has been restored.
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.
Historic Houses members visit for free.