Home to the Howard family for over 300 years, Castle Howard is a magnificent 18th century residence set within 1,000 acres of breathtaking landscape in the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty just outside York.
Designed by Sir John Vanbrugh for the 3rd Earl of Carlisle, the stunning interiors of Castle Howard are the perfect backdrop to world-famous collections; from frescos and furniture to paintings and porcelain, all brought to life by friendly and knowlegeable guides.
Castle Howard’s magnificent grounds, with statues, temples, lakes and fountains, give endless opportunity to explore. Meander along the pathways of Ray Wood and discover seasonal displays of snowdrops, bluebells, rhododendrons and magnolias, or enjoy the tranquil setting of the 18th-century walled garden with its rose collection and ornamental vegetable garden.
Castle Howard is an ideal place for families, with added value events throughout the year and almost 1,000 acres of gardens to explore. Children receive a free copy of Geoffrey the Lion’s illustrated trail booklet to help them discover the house and grounds or why not take a ride on the tractor-train to the lakeside adventure playground, enjoy a boat trip on the Great Lake (summer holiday weekends, weather permitting) or relax with an ice-cream?
Visitors have a choice of cafés, including the bistro-style Courtyard Café and the self-service Fitzroy Room as well as take-out drinks, snacks and ice cream at the Boathouse and Coffee Shop. Free admisison to Stable Courtyard with its gift shops, farm shop, garden centre and cafés make it the perfect place to spend the afternoon all year round.
Castle Howard is just 15 miles north east of York and easily accessible from the A64 which connects Leeds, York and the Yorkshire Coast. Clearly sign posted from all routes, follow the brown tourist signs and road signs to avoid narrow gateways where necessary.
Regular trains run between York and Malton and take around 30 minutes, Castle Howard is approximately 15 miles from York and 6 miles from Malton.Taxis are available from both stations.
A scheduled bus service between York and Castle Howard, and Malton and Castle Howard runs every day, except Sunday and Bank Holidays. A discounted admission to the House & Grounds applies on production of a production of a valid ticket for Stephenson's services, on the day of travel only.
Group coach drivers, please be aware of narrow arches and follow alternative route.
Yorkshire Coastliner bus company runs scheduled services between York and Malton.
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