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Castle Howard, York

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Castles, Tourist Spots
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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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  • Being a fan of Brideshead Revisited (series) I have wanted to visit for over 30 years and I wasn't disappointed. The free tours of various aspects of the estate and house are excellent and the staff o...  read more »
  • A great way to spend a Saturday afternoon with the family. The grounds offer ample opportunity to wander down to the lake to watch the wildlife. The childrens play area is bags of fun for the little o...  read more »
  • Have sent a good day out . Walked around the ground which is full of statues and lakes that are interesting there are imformation telling you facts about the statues. Had coffee and cake in tea room i...  read more »
  • Beautiful grounds, spent a lovely day walking around them on a hot day. I thought the admission was costly, around £20 for two people but then I realised the extent of the grounds and the effort that goes into maintenance and it seemed a bargain. There is a farm shop which is excellent and a cafe type deal. Definitely worth a trip!
  • Very few grander examples of aristocratic life exist. You can easily fill an afternoon in beautiful gardens and buildings that are highly accessible. The main castle "building" has guides in almost every room - and by guide I mean actual approachable people to talk to who have expert knowledge on room contents and historical context. Two nice cafes serving freshly prepared food. Noteworthy is seasonal fresh produce grown on the property. The 17 pound entry fee was fair price for the experience you get.
  • Great looking house and gardens, with fascinating history. Even if you're not a fan of Brideshead Revisited, the story of how the TV series and the movie helped renovate the house after a devastating fire is compelling. Grounds are marvellous, and a great location for a picnic. Dogs allowed in gardens.
  • The grounds of this lovely house are impeccably maintained. There's a park for the kids, and a fantastic farm-type shop selling meats, preserves, wines, and many other wonderful things. Castle Howard is a great place for a weekend stroll.
  • Well worth a visit. Full of history and well renovated following the unfortunate fire. Renovations ongoing and hopefully the Howards can agree to continue the good work.
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