Tour behind the scenes at Belvoir Castle where The Crown and Downton Abbey were filmed with the Duchess of Rutland

It is a stately home where TV shows including The Crown and Downton Abbey were filmed, but few have had the opportunity to see what this historic castle is like inside.

Belvoir Castle, the residence of the Duchess of Rutland, is where members of the public can now buy tickets for a private tour around the castle which is only around a 15-minute drive from Bingham.

Emma Manners, the 11th Duchess of Rutland, will show ticketed guests around her home which includes breakfast, lunch, and guided tours around the inside and surrounding grounds of the castle.

Tickets for the event on Duchess Day this year (September 24) cost £175 for the unique access to the grounds which provide a rare opportunity to see inside one of England’s prestigious country estates.

The 11th Duchess of Rutland

Emma, the 11th Duchess of Rutland will take guests on a personal tour of the Leicestershire estate and share her insights of being the custodian of the historic home.

The grade I listed building dates all the way back to just after the Norman Conquest (1066) with today’s surviving building dating to renovations in the 19th century.

The Duchess of Rutland said: “I could talk about the magic of Belvoir Castle all day long but there is nothing that compares with the magic of experiencing the place for yourself.

“I am thrilled to be sharing all the nuts and bolts of living in England’s most romantic and impractical castle and show guests all there is to see.

“Belvoir has an incredibly rich history and I’m so lucky to be able to share my experience as one of its custodians”.

Emma grew up far away from the aristocracy but her life changed forever when she married her husband – the 11th Duke of Rutland – and moved into Belvoir Castle.

Visitors will learn all about the responsibility of running the Regency castle, whilst taking in the glorious Elizabeth Saloon and Regent’s Gallery inspired by Versailles and explore the expansive Capability Brown parklands restored by the Duchess.

There will also be the chance to gain insight into the intricacies of living in and running a stately home in the 21st century over lunch or afternoon tea with Her Grace.

The Carriage Landing at Belvoir Castle, (credit Sam Churchill)
The Carriage Landing at Belvoir Castle, (credit Sam Churchill)

Along with the tour, guests receive a Friends of Belvoir Annual Pass for unlimited access to the Castle and Gardens on visitor open days and a Duchess Gallery gift bag.

The Duchess of Rutland is also the host of the podcast Duchess, which sees her in conversation with many of her peers, the inspiring women who are leading the historic homes of Britain today.

Tickets are now available for Duchess Day, 2021 with further dates to be made available for similar events in 2022.

Tickets are limited and can be booked on the website.


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