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A gorgeous visit to Castle Howard

We love the fact that Castle Howard is now open every day until November. This Yorkshire stately home has a beautiful setting in the Howardian Hills, gorgeous grounds and magnificent rooms to explore. In fact, Castle Howard is a great day out for the whole family – doggies included!

Castle Howard in the North York Moors

Image courtesy of Mike Howard.

It took over 100 years to build and as such there are both baroque and palladium wings (added by different member of the Howard family).

Castle Howard Image courtesy of Mark Davis

There’s also a range of shops to browse in The Stable Courtyard of Castle Howard including a farm shop full of delicious local produce, a garden centre and a gift shop where you’ll find ranges from people like Sophie Allport in stock.

Here’s some of our favourite things about visiting Castle Howard:

The beautifully restored rooms

A summer visit to Castle Howard

The magnificent Castle Howard dates back to the 18th century and is still owned today by the Howard family. You can just imagine grand parties being held in the Great Hall – the painted domed ceiling in here is every bit as gorgeous as it would have been in its heyday.

Other magnificent spaces include the Long Room (filled with beautiful paintings) and the statue-lined Antique Passage where the baroque and palladium styles meet.

Helpful guides

You can walk around Castle Howard as quickly or slowly as you want to and you’ll find lots of information as you go.

Castle Howard - Yorkshire Stately Home

There are information boards to read which tells you about the contents and history of each room.

Stately home in Yorkshire

Find information cards for each room in Castle Howard

If you have specific questions or just want to learn a little more there are also helpful guides who will be more than happy to assist.

Interesting exhibitions

Every year you’ll find a selection of exhibitions at Castle Howard which sheds more light on different aspects of the great house. In 2018 you can learn more about the two adaptations of Brideshead Revisited filmed at Castle Howard – one in 1981 (starring Jeremy Irons and Laurence Olivier) and one in 2008 (starring Ben Wishaw and Emma Thomson).

Castle Howard Wartime Exhibition

You can also learn about Castle Howard and the role the house (and its inhabitants) played during wartime in Britain.

Peaceful walks and Gorgeous Gardens

Castle Howard Lime Avenue courtesy of Mike Kipling

There’s so much more to Castle Howard than simply a magnificent stately home; there’s lots of gorgeous grounds to explore as well.

Atlas Fountain at Castle Howard

Atlas Fountain at Castle Howard

You’ll find the iconic Atlas fountain (probably one of most recognisable things about Castle Howard), the Boar Garden and Temple Terrace walk (which leads from the Time Castle to the Temple of the Four Winds) and passes by a selection of statues.

The beautiful grounds and gardens at Castle Howard near York

I personally love a walk in the tranquil Ray Woods – you’ll probably pass a dog-walker or two and you can walk to the site of the Temple of the Venus at one corner and the Temple of the Four Winds at the other corner.

Castle Howard Woodland Paths courtesy of Mike Kipling

The Kelly Car Land Train

The grounds of Castle Howard and pretty large – around 1,000 acres in fact so there is plenty to explore.

Kelly car at Castle howard

Don’t worry if you can’t walk too far though as The Kelly Car Land Train runs every 10 minutes with drop off points at the ticket office, the entrance to the house and the Boathouse Café. It’s great for tired legs (and kids will also love a trip on it).

Family friendly fun

Kids will be kept entertained as you wander through Castle Howard thanks to an activity sheet that includes a house trail, activities and a woodland challenge.

Family friendly yorkshire

By the lakeside at Castle Howard there’s also a great Adventure Playground where kids can burn some energy and you can either get a bite to eat at the Boathouse Café or enjoy your own picnic on one of the outside tables provided.

There’s also an ice cream kiosk on your way into the grounds (or out if your prefer) where everyone can get a sweet treat to enjoy

The Howardian Hills

One of my favourite things about Castle Howard is it’s stunning setting. Located in the Howardian Hills (named after the Howard family) there are stunning views as far as the eye can see. On the other side of the impressive driveway is the Yorkshire Arboretum (which is filled with more than 6000 trees) and there are plenty of pretty villages to visit as well.

Villages near Castle Howard

Sheriff Hutton near Castle Howard

Malton is the nearest town to Castle Howard and if you time it right you can combine a trip to the stately home with a visit to Malton’s monthly food market.

Howardian Hills Holiday Cottages

Gorgeous Cottages have a selection of holiday cottages near Castle Howard if you fancy exploring this stately home and the surrounding Howardian Hills for yourself. Browse all our Yorkshire Cottages.

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