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Castle Howard, York

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Home to the Howard family for centuries, Castle Howard is included in the Treasure Houses of England heritage group. The domed central structure is recognizable as the fictional "Brideshead" from the 1981 television series. Almost all of the 145 rooms have been open to the public since 1952, with the exception of a wing that the Howard family still calls home. After touring the rooms, take a walking tour of the 51 hectare (127 acre) arboretum, called Kew, to see some of England's local tree varieties at their best. Tours of the arboretum are arranged separately from the castle tours, but the house's gardens are accessible with the castle admission. Look for a gazebo in the garden called the Temple of the Four Winds, or the mausoleum in the park--both are romantic resting spots. Stop by the visitor's center to arrange all your tickets for your tour. For travelers who use our international travel planner, York holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Castle Howard and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • What a wonderful place to visit especially as I did the week before Christmas! Perfect for all ages. Very interesting historically. Lovely cafe and restaurant there too. 
  • This is half a stately home - the other half having been gutted in the 1940s. What survived is magnificent. The restored main hall under the rebuilt dome is Vanbrugh's theatrical best. The paintings, ...  more »
  • Had an excellent time at Castle Howard. There was so much to see from the lovely gardens and stunning views to the very interesting and beautiful house. You make your way around the house full of very...  more »
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  • Expensive but a must visit. Beautiful stately home - up there with Blenheim and Waddesdon Manor in terms of amount to look at. Only time I've been round a stately home and almost felt there was "too much"! The horror! ;)
  • Absolutely stunning! the grounds are a wonder to walk around. Will definitely revisit in Spring.
  • Beautiful gardens with so much to see and do. £10 to walk around them is a fair price. Loved it.
  • Beautiful house, gardens, lakes, farm shop, restaurant and garden centre. Also has a lakeside cafe and boat rides round the lake. Access to the house is chargeable, but a beautiful day out can be had for free. Car park is free and grounds are accessible, so taking a picnic could end up being a totally free day out in a beautiful setting.
  • A real jewel, and a great day out for the family. Quite expensive, but worth every penny - for younger visitors, there is a very good, well-kept adventure playground, boat rides on the lake and a brass-rubbing forest trail, all accessible by a road train. For adults, the house and gardens are some of the best in England. Good cafés and a farm shop selling produce from the estate. Recommended.