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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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  • Castle Howard, owned but the Howard Family,? Beautiful House to visit, with beautiful grounds, including a lake and well established gardens. Nice Pic Nic areas. Well worth a visit. It was the locatio...  more »
  • Had such a lovely day so disable friendly we spent 3 half hours there I was even able to go into the house some of it on my scooter then stair lift , the grounds were also good  more »
  • Compare this to Waddesdon in Bucks (NT) at only £1.50 more and it will soon become clear that Castle Howard is poor value for money. The gardens need a lot of attention. Box hedges all need trimming, ...  more »
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  • 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!

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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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