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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. Plan a York trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
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  • Spent half day here , great for taking photos and the history is amazing. The fountain with the God atlas is unmissable as is the temple of the four winds. The views are amazing especially if you are lucky enough to visit on a lovely sunny day. Interesting if you like brides head revisited
  • Had a wonderful day at Castle Howard. The scenery, walks and house are exceptional. The friendly staff were always ready to help and offer information and we found it to be great value for our money. The family story leaped out of the history books at you and wonderful to know its future is secure in the family. Would go back in a heartbeat, loved it.
  • Beautiful house with a great story to tell, the gardens are beautiful as is the atlas fountain. There are plenty of staff located around the house to give information on what you are looking at. The food in the restaurant is exceptional value and quality.
  • Impressive building and grounds. The Great Hall is a wonder. The rest of the inside is a bit anti-climatic. Expensive but worth it. Spent about two hours exploring the house and main grounds around it. Could have spent another hour or two on the outlying areas.
  • Spacious even when busy. Appealing in different ways to all age groups. Costly upfront compared with other attractions but great service, eateries and a good mix of compact, appropriate retail outlets.

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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.
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