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Castle Howard Group Visits

Group Travel Visits

Castle Howard, Castle Howard Estate Limited., Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA

Tel: 01653 648621

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About us

Explore one of Britain’s most magnificent houses; from awe-inspiring architecture and grand interiors to sweeping parkland dotted with lakes, temples and formal gardens.

Built over 300 years ago by Sir John Vanbrugh for the 3rd Earl of Carlisle, today Castle Howard remains home to the Howard family. Discover our rich and varied history from royal visits, film stars and Pre-Raphaelite artists to architectural firsts, great fires and the challenges of preserving the house and estate for the future.

Free flowing tours of the house allow groups to explore at their leisure, with friendly and knowledgeable guides throughout happy to share stories.

Spend a day exploring our beautiful gardens; with meandering woodland paths, lakeside terraces and sweeping vistas. Our walled garden is the perfect place to relax with a stunning collection of roses, herbaceous borders and a formal potager. Seasonal highlights including daffodils, rhododendrons, bluebells and roses. Daily outdoor tours, from March to October, offer further opportunity to explore.

Popular seasonal events include the flower festival from 23 to 26 June 2016 and Christmas opening from 19 November to 23 December 2016

Enjoy a choice of six shops including garden centre and farm shop, plus three cafes. A wide choice of private tours, talks, lectures and refreshments are also available exclusively for groups. For more information or to book please call Group Reservations 01653 648621.

Castle Howard is located 15 miles north east of York, just off the A64 and is easily accessible via coach (drivers should be aware or narrow gateways on certain routes).

Opening Times

* Gardens and stable courtyard shops and cafe open daily, year round.

House open:
19 March - 30 October, 10:30 - 16:00 (last entry)
19 November - 23 December, 10:00 - 16:00 (last entry)

Guide Prices

Discounted admission applies for groups of 12 or more visiting the house & gardens: Adult £13.50, Child (4-16) £6.50.

Payment is due on the date of your visit, and can be made by cash, debit/credit card, or cheque made payable to ‘Castle Howard Estate Ltd’. Invoicing is available by prior arrangement only - please call 01653 648621.



  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities


  • Facilities for groups


  • French signs/guides
  • German signs/guides
  • Italian signs/guides
  • Spanish signs/guides

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality
  • Helicopter landing


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Gift shop
  • Postbox
  • Public toilets
  • Telephone (public)

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome Host

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted


  • Yorkshire AwardsWhite Rose Award Winner White Rose Award Winner 2016
  • Yorkshire AwardsYork Tourism Awards Winner York Tourism Awards Winner 2016
  • Yorkshire AwardsWelcome To Yorkshire Member Welcome To Yorkshire Member 2016
  • Other AwardsHistoric Houses Association Friends Scheme Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme 2016
  • Yorkshire AwardsYork Pass Accepted York Pass Accepted 2018

Road Directions

Castle Howard is located 15 miles north east of York, just off the A64. From the A64, follow the brown tourist signs for Castle Howard.

Due to narrow gateways, coaches and large vehicles should continue on the A64 to Malton and approach Castle Howard from Malton/Coneysthorpe.

Bus services run from York and Malton.

Check the Castle Howard website for details.

Accessible by Public Transport: Malton station is 7 miles away.

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