NZ 085-786 Northumberland England
Belsay Castle is a 14th century stone three storey tower house, founded by John de Strivelyn. A two storey Tudor mansion was added to the west side and later the mansion was given a Jacobean west wing, now ruinous. The impressive unaltered tower, is crowned by four round corner bartizan's, standing above the machicolated parapet. In the vaulted basement is a kitchen, with a well and above is a hall and a solar, both with fireplaces and tall traceried windows with seats. There is a north wing of four storeys and in the southwest corner, a spiral stair and six small rooms. 7 miles south-east in Ponteland is the Blackbird Inn and the Vicar's Pele.
Belsay Castle is located west of the village centre, in the grounds of Belsay Hall. 15 miles north-west of Newcastle upon Tyne, on the A696.
The site is owned by English Heritage and is open daily, April to September 10:00-6:00pm, October 10:00-4:00pm, Saturday and Sunday, November to March 10:00-4:00pm.
There is a car park.