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Days Out Attractions & Buildings


Belsay is a small village that lies seven miles north-west of Ponteland and 14 miles north-west of Newcastle. The 19th century mansion is a building of European importance, and the accompanying 14th century castle and 17th century manor house serve to place much of the region’s history in context. Belsay is also noted for its fine gardens - particularly the romantic quarry with its dramatic collection of evergreens and exotic plants. There’s also a gift shop and a tearoom to rest your feet in. For a more rustic outdoor experience visit Bolam Country Park - a favourite with twitchers and famed for its beautiful mute swans.