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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 this house on its first open day of the season. We were amused that all the guides, without exception, were complaining that a lot of things had been moved since last year so they didn't kn...  more »
  • We had a wonderful walk around the grounds and gardens of this beautiful estate and luckily for us there were very few people about. Absolutely stunning place and then a most delicious lunch in the ca...  more »
  • Stunning place. Plenty of parking and an adorable tractor train with different drop off and pick ups. Continues most of the day, super handy as there's a lot of walking to be done, that helps cut out ...  more »
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  • This makes for a lovely day out. The grounds and gardens are huge. Formal gardens and wild woods. Great for well behaved dogs. There is a play area for children, a little tractor train and a boat trip. Cafes are good but a little bit expensive however there are picnic areas so you can take your own. Also a brilliant garden centre free to all. Parking is free too.
  • This place is magical! The walks are stunning and full of statues and follies. The Castle is beautiful and if you can afford to go in you'll be amazed and entertained all day. It's a little bit pricey if you're on a tight budget but well worth stretching yourself. You could always just spend the day exploring the thousand acres of garden, woodland and lakes and take a picnic which is much more affordable if you're on a budget. Parking is ample and free. This site is family friendly, dog friendly and accessible for wheelchair users.
  • It's a beautiful place to visit. Sadly we only had time to view the garden's and grounds. We haven't visited for a long time thought the play area and boat house cafe needed a little TCL. Stunning garden's and vistas. Would recommend.
  • Wonderful place- so much to see. Could easily spend more than a day here- beautiful grounds and gardens, house is magnificent. Admission price is not cheap but it's well worth it.
  • A beautiful stately home with exceptionally friendly staff. We were also pleasantly surprised to talk to a man whom we think was one of the Howard family. He was very nice and chatty especially about our twin grandsons 😁
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