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Castle Howard

Historic House

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

Tel: 01653 648444

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The Atlas Fountain at Castle Howard © Mike Kipling

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About us

Marvel at dramatic architecture & interiors. Castle Howard is one of Britain’s finest historic houses, situated just outside York in the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Built over 300 years ago by Sir John Vanbrugh, today it remains home to the Howard family.

Discover the house at your own pace, admiring its awe-inspiring architecture and interiors, with something to capture everyone’s imagination. Friendly and knowledgeable guides are on hand to share stories of the house, family and collections with visitors of all ages.

Enjoy stunning scenery all year, with almost 1,000 acres of Grade 1 listed parkland and gardens to explore. Spend
the day in a monumental landscape studded with statues, temples, lakes and fountains and admire
sweeping countryside views. Meander along woodland paths and in the tranquil walled garden.

Children will love the lakeside adventure playground and can run wild in the gardens with a free children's trail leaflet.

Exhibitions and events throughout the year include Easter activities, the award winning Duty Calls exhibition, a flower festival in June and Christmas opening.

Leave time to browse the shops and cafes, including farm shop, gift shop and garden centre.

Castle Howard Grounds and Gardens

1,000 acres of rolling parkland dotted with lakes, temples and statues, formal gardens and woodland. Seasonal highlights include daffodils, rhododendrons, roses and an ornamental potager.

Opening Times

* Gardens and stable courtyard shops and cafe open year round. House open for main season from 1 April to 29 October 2017 and for Christmas from 18 November to 23 December 2017.

Guide Prices

House and Grounds - Main Season

Adult - £18.95
Concession - £17.50
Child - £9.95
Family (2+3) - £47.85

Buy in advance via the Castle Howard website and save 10%, grounds only tickets available on the day from Castle Howard.



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for hearing impaired
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


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


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • 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

  • Dogs accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Postbox
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed
  • 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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