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On a rare sunny but cold Autumn Sunday,
We head to one on our hit list – Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens in Northumberland. We were eager to explore this historic gem in Northumberland, which promised architecture, history, and natural beauty.
Belsay Hall, constructed in the early 19th century,
is a stunning example of Greek architecture oddly nestled in the Northumbrian countryside.
Whilst admiring the craftsmanship that had created the imposing columns and grand hall we wandered through the now bare rooms, with remnants of wallpaper and fittings that gave an idea of what things looked like over 60 years ago when the owners moved out.
The Castle, a medieval tower house, starkly contrasts the classical greek style-hall.
Inside, a very well made info-cartoon is projected onto a castle wall complete with sound and if you’re feeling brave you can also scale the stone spiral staircase to the castle roof.
To complete our trip, we grabbed a bite and beverage from the Coach House Café, whilst making sure Isaac didn’t see the playground (maybe when he’s older) before circling back to the entrance to buy an overpriced Christmas tree decoration on our way out.
We needed a short walk for Rachael. It just so happens that Warkworth Castle is one of the shortest routes in our guidebook!
One of the shortest walks in the guide book was just over 2km at Plessey Woods – perfect for the heavily pregnant wife.
With what may just have been the final sunshine of 2020, a hike to the famed Sycamore Gap was in order.
After deciding to use Tesco clubcard vouchers to 3x value on an English Heritage membership – we headed out to Rievaulx Abbey.
Stonehenge was somewhere I’d wanted to visit for the longest time. So, despite the torrential rain, we decided to pay a visit.
In the afternoon, determined to continue extracting value out of our new English Heritage memberships we headed to Carisbrooke Castle in the middle of the Isle of Wight.
Entry to Osborne House gives you access to the full grounds and a section of the ground floor of the house.