Reviewed by Julia Stanley
I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to review Belton House in Grantham, Lincolnshire and we had a wonderful family day out. My husband and two children (3 years and 6 months) haven’t stopped talking about everything the day had to offer.
We are very lucky, Belton House is only a 30 minute drive from our house and it was well signposted. There is plenty of free parking and the staff are very friendly.
Our first stop was the Ride Play Cafe for a coffee. What a great facility – lots of tables including mini benches for the mini ones and an indoor adventure play! So parents can sit and enjoy a drink whilst the kids are having fun playing. It was clean and although we didn’t buy any food, the cakes and warm meals looked lovely. The toilets and baby change facilities were spotless and there was a baby station (microwave etc…) in the corner of the cafe. Apparently this can get really busy during peak hours at a weekend so a top tip would be to book an hour’s lunch slot when you first arrive.
We then headed to the outdoor adventure playground which is currently being revamped. WOW this area is a dream play park for any child. It is surrounded by trees and most it is made from wood. My daughter’s favorite parts were the seesaw that squirted out water and the huge 9 meter play tower with a maze inside. There are still building works going on but due to be completed this summer along with a cafe. There are plenty of picnic benches in the playground and it is buggy friendly. We were also able to go for a ride on the miniature train which cost £1 per person. Absolutely fab! It would be worth visiting Belton House with kids just for this outdoor adventure park.
We then headed in to the gardens for a picnic. Gosh- the gardens are absolutely stunning, 36 acres of beauty to wander around. We found a spot looking towards the orangery and enjoyed a peaceful picnic. The sun was shining, both girls were happy and the views were gorgeous, just perfect. We then went for a walk around the gardens towards the pond. We came across a maze which my 3 year old loved. It didn’t feel busy despite us visiting on a weekend.
We then went into the house. Unfortunately it is up a number of steps so you cannot take a buggy so we went in shifts. It was a really interesting tour and the staff members really knew their stuff and loved to explain the history of the house. We had a very quick visit with a 3 year old in tow but even she enjoyed looking in the different rooms.
It was nearly time to go home but not before we had a nosy in the shop and the second hand bookshop and then finally an ice-cream in the Stables cafe.
Gosh – what a fabulous place Belton House is. The estate is kept immaculate, the facilities are top notch and there really is something there for everyone. Visiting as a non-National Trust Member is quite expensive but we have come away tempted to get membership as if Belton House is anything to go by, we want to visit more properties!
I rate our day out as 5/5 and we will definitely be back… very soon!
Tickets cost (with Gift Aid): Adults £12.60 (£13.90), Children £8 (£9), Family £33.50 (£37)
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For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/belton-house.
Belton House, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG32 2LS | 01476 566116