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Castle Howard, York

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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  • Fabulous few hours spent at Castle Howard. The house is full of wonderful artefacts and interesting stories. The grounds are beautiful to walk round. The staff were all very friendly and...  more »
  • Amazing place I didn’t even know existed! We saw lots of recommendations on a Facebook post . We came on a Sunday and we had THE BEST family day. It was honestly beautiful  more »
  • Booked tickets to the garden with four friends. Lots of parking and well directed. Easy to access and once inside with our picnic we started to walk. Lots to see and really interesting walking...  more »

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