The Garden Guide

Belvoir Castle Garden

A much-rebuilt Norman castle with a mid-nineteenth century garden. Terraces step down the hill. There is a rose garden made by the head gardener (William Ingram) in the 1860s and woodland gardens made by the present Duchess.

Head Gardener's Comment

2012 saw many new changes to the gardens.

In the Spring gardens the existing rockery has been caressed and intertwined with a new bold structure. Giant steps have been built to create a wonderful vista looking down from the top of the gardens towards a new statue of the 5th Duchess of Rutland (who created the garden infrastructure you see today) standing next to a new small lake.

With its acid soil the gardens already support a strikingly colourful array of Rhododendrons, Azaleas and magnificent Magnolias. Another 250 unusual and rare trees were added to this collection last year.

Photograph © Belvoir Castle
Photograph © Belvoir Castle
Photograph © Belvoir Castle
Photograph © Belvoir Castle


With the famous Capability Brown casting his expert eye over the castle grounds and more recently plans from Harold Peto being unearthed, there is plenty to explore. Both these projects are currently being researched and studied by the present Duchess with improvements envisaged in the next few years.

Plants of note

Davidia involucrata
Many acid loving Rhododendrens, Azaleas.
Many Acers

Belvoir, Grantham, Leicestershire, England, NG32 1PD

For Castle opening times see website at

Adult Castle and Gardens £15.00, Gardens only £8.00

Visit the Belvoir Castle Garden website

Nearby gardens

Nearby hotels

Nearby nurseries