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!
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).
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
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.
You can walk around Castle Howard as quickly or slowly as you want to and you’ll find lots of information as you go.
There are information boards to read which tells you about the contents and history of each room.
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.
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).
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
There’s so much more to Castle Howard than simply a magnificent stately home; there’s lots of gorgeous grounds to explore as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.