Belvoir Castle is located on a hill seven miles west of Grantham. The present structure is the fourth building on this site. The first was a true Norman castle built in the 11th
Century by Robert de Todeni who was William the Conqueror's Standard Bearer at the Battle of Hastings. It was a true fortified castle and was heavily damaged during the War of the Roses. The structure that replaced it was also a fortified castle but did not survive the English Civil War. A proper mansion was then built and this was modifed in the early 19th
Century to look more like a castle. The property has been owned by the same family for almost 1,000 years and is the present home of the Eleventh Duke of Rutland.
You enter the Belvoir Castle through the guard room which is magnificent and here there is a small desk where you can purchase the right to take inside pictures. I don't remember how much it was but I think it was less than £5.00. This is very unusual in stately homes. Most of them forbid the taking of pictures inside and there is always someone at the entrance that warns you if you are carrying a camera.
The rooms are richly furnished with fine furniture and art. We spent quite a bit of time in the room that houses the Regimental Museum of the 17th/21st Lancers. My son was amazed to see a uniform of the type the British wore at the time of the American Revolution. It is my understanding that this museum will be moved in the near future but I do not know where it will be relocated.
There is a restaurant located down by the beer cellars and kitchen. It is a very pleasant walk around the outside and the views over the Vale of Belvoir are beautiful. The first picture on the homepage is taken from the road on the way down the hill.
We visited Belvior Castle on a beautiful, warm spring day. The car park is well below the castle and it is here that the gift shop is located. This is where you purchase your entrance tickets. It is a rather long and steep walk up to the castle. I was recovering from an injury at the time and I did see the sign saying rides up to the castle were available for the handicapped but I did not consider myself handicapped and so we started off. My husband and son had no trouble with the walk but by the time we got to the top, I really did feel handicapped--I was in considerable pain. Fortunately there are plenty of places where you can sit down for a few minutes both outside and inside the castle. We did not take part in a tour and were able to take our time.
We had lunch in the restaurant and as we were finishing my husband left and didn't come back. We finally went looking for him and found him on the front steps. He had walked down to the parking lot and got permission to drive the car up to the castle because of the difficulty I was having. I thought it was really nice of them to let him do that.
Belvoir Castle is available for corporate meetings, weddings in the chapel, and wedding receptions and dinners. They do not provide lodging but accommodation is available near by.
Belvoir Castle's opening days vary. In May and June it is closed Mondays and Fridays except for Bank Holidays. In July and August it is open every day except Friday. In September it is
open on weekends only. The disabled may enter free of charge but only the ground floor has access.