Belvoir, Leicestershire, England

Belvoir Castle

Belvoir Castle

Belvoir Castle, overlooking the Vale of Belvoir, is a Grade I listed building. Originally, a Norman castle originally stood on the high ground. That castle had been in ruins since 1464, so the 9th Earl of Rutland started construction of a new castle from 1528. During the English Civil War, it was one of the more notable strongholds of the king's supporters and King Charles spent a night here on his way into Lincolnshire. Today, it is the family home of the Manners family and remains the seat of the Dukes of Rutland, most of whom are buried in the grounds of the mausoleum there. The castle remains privately owned and is open to visitors.


In the early 17th century, castle servants Joan, Margaret and Phillipa Flower were accused of murdering the 6th Earl's two young sons by witchcraft. Joan died while in prison and Margaret and Phillipa were hanged.

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Visitor Information

Belvoir is a village in Leicestershire, England.

It is close to the county boundary with Lincolnshire, the nearest town being Grantham, 8 miles east of the village.

Pictured left is Belvoir Castle courtesy of Jerry Gunner. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.