Trip Planner:   Europe  /  UK  /  England  /  Yorkshire  /  North Yorkshire  /  York  /  Castle Howard

Castle Howard, York

4.4
TICKETS FROM
$25
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. Plan a York trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
Tickets
Lowest price guaranteed
Create an itinerary including Castle Howard
map
Castle Howard Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
2,468 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • August 21, 2017
    We visited Castle Howard last Saturday after passing it so often and always wanting to see it. The building itself is very imposing- somehow quite souless and empty feeling despite its grandeur. The e...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    I think it's a good idea to read a bit of the history before going, so you can really appreciate the building and the rooms, which are spectacular. Don't be put off by the entrance fee, it really is w...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Castle Howard is a beautiful and very well maintained English stately home. The grounds alone are magnificent, and very well looked after. The house has been used on film and TV productions, so in som...  more »
Google
  • I do enjoy visiting stately homes and historical places of interest, and Castle Howard is definitely recommended. It's easy to get to, coming from the York side, and provides ample parking. Take a pick nick with you as the grounds are stunning with plenty of places to sit and enjoy the views whilst you eat. The building itself fantastically well looked after, with lots of staff around to answer questions whilst you amble through the rooms. To see everything (well almost) you will need a day at least, so much to see!
  • Entrance fee was quite expensive and unlike other country houses such as Blenheim not valid for 12 months which means I am unlikely to visit again in the near future. Tours were very good and guides very interesting and knowledgeable. Setting worth seeing. Mark up on small bottles of wine in tea shop were a bit excessive £6 for a 175ml bottle of Prosecco that would cost £2.50 at most.
  • Very pleasant experience. Very helpful staff especially the land train driver with assistance to my disabled husband. Wonderful house with knowledgeable room supervisors. Gardens well worth a visit.
  • Absolutely stunning place. The house is stunning and the gardens are beautiful. Reasonably priced entry too. There is a shop and an eatery. our can get on a little truck thing you can jump on and it will take you around.. this is a free service. Set in an amazing location and it's very tranquil. Lovely place to visit and learn some local history.
  • I went here when I was 4 years old. To stand where my aunt-sisters stood was amazing. What such beautiful piece of property they choose to put the castle upon. For a moment you can see, and feel the history of it all. Just in total awe!

Plan your trip to York

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in York

Despite York’s relatively small size, accommodations come in a variety of styles. You can choose from privately owned townhouses, low-cost hotels, luxurious international chains, and quiet B&Bs and guesthouses. For that ultimate urban experience, consider staying in the historical city center. This part of town is packed with options for every taste and budget, all close to York’s main attractions, as well as its main transportation systems. Just a short walk from the city center, family-run guesthouses in quiet neighborhoods offer cozy rooms and modern amenities at a fraction of the cost of the big hotel chains. Alternatively, the surrounding countryside is filled with charming private homes eager to welcome guests.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in York by other users

2 days in York BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in England BY A USER FROM CANADA April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in York BY A USER FROM SWEDEN October, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in York BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in England BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 5 days in England BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in United Kingdom SEE PLAN October, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 34 days in York BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in York BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, teens, culture, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: October, teens, culture, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in York BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, teens, popular PREFERENCES: October, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in United Kingdom & Devon BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in England BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans