- Park (castles)
- Architectural heritage
- Museum & discovery
Come and visit the Château de Beloeil and its park, one of the most beautiful sites in Belgium, built 8 centuries ago in the province of Hainaut.
The residence since the 14th century of the Princes de Ligne, one of the oldest Belgian noble families, the massive turreted chateau is surrounded by a wide moat connected to a series of lakes and channels which wind through one of the largest and most ornate French-style gardens in Belgium.
The recently restored interior of the castle houses a rare collection of paintings from the 15th to the 19th centuries, antique furniture and an outstanding library of more than 20,000 books.
The carefully maintained formal gardens, which extend for more than 25 hectares, reflect the changing idiosyncratic tastes of the nobility over the years. The boulingrin – a corruption of the English phrase bowling green – is a wide area of grass once used for games and theatrical productions written by the Princes of the 17th century and close by the Rieu d’Amour is a small folly of half-buried Greek columns created by Prince Charles-Joseph in the 18th century.
Today the castle hosts one of the largest classical music festivals in Belgium (Les Musicales) in August when more than 15,000 music lovers stroll between orchestras and chamber music ensembles playing on stages in the chateau and gardens. It also is known for prestigious events such as its Amaryllis competition.
- Training materials provided
- Car parking