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Belvoir Castle Opening Times
The Castle is currently closed until March 12th. From the 12th March, the castle will be open on weekends only until the 1st April. The Engine Yard will remain open.
Gardens and Lakes
The Gardens will be open on the weekends of February 11th & 12th and February 18th & 19th, before returning to normal opening times from February 25th.
Spectacle of Light
27th January – 19th February
Weekends only 10:30am – 5pm
Fuel Tank Cafe at The Engine Yard
Monday – Friday: 10am – 4pm
Saturday – Sunday: 9am – 5pm
Parking for Belvoir Castle:
Follow postcode to NG32 1PE. For our visitor car parking for Castle gardens entrance and The Engine Yard Retail Village. For more questions please visit our FAQ page below.
The history of Belvoir Castle
Belvoir Castle was first built immediately after the Norman Conquest of 1066 and has since been rebuilt at least three times, the surviving structure, a grade I listed mock castle, dating from the early 19th century.
The castle is the seat of David Manners, 11th Duke of Rutland (the tiny county of Rutland lies 16 mi (26 km) south of Belvoir Castle), whose direct male ancestor inherited it in 1508. The traditional burial place of the Manners family was in the parish church of St Mary the Virgin, Bottesford, situated 3 mi (5 km) to the north of the Castle, but since 1825 they have been buried in the ducal mausoleum built next to the Castle in that year, to which their ancient monuments were moved. It remains the private property of the Duke of Rutland but is open to the general public.
The castle is situated at the extreme northern corner of the county of Leicestershire and is sandwiched between Lincolnshire to the east and Nottinghamshire at west, and overlooks the Vale of Belvoir to the northwest on the Nottinghamshire border. It is surrounded by the villages of Redmile, Woolsthorpe, Knipton, Harston, Harlaxton, Croxton Kerrial and Bottesford.
The antiquarian John Leland (d.1552) stated: "the Castle stands on the very nape of a high hill, steep up each way, partly by nature, partly by the working of men's hands."
The 15,000 acre (6,000 hectare) Belvoir estate, situated in the heart of England's prime fox-hunting terrain is the headquarters of the famous Belvoir Hunt ("the Duke of Rutland's Hounds"), established in 1750 and now kennelled 0.6 mi (1 km) southeast of the Castle.
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