Castle Howard is well known as one of the finest historic houses in England. The landscape in which it sits is equally worth exploring, with the approach to Castle Howard being as impressive as the arrival.
The Howard story is one of ambition, public service, liberal politics and artistic endeavours.
Today, above all, it is about the challenge of preserving the family home as a national treasure for family and visitors alike to enjoy.
Castle Howard’s friendly and knowledgeable guides are on hand to share our stories with you as you tour the house at your own pace, exploring a treasure trove of inspiring architecture and interiors, as well as world-renowned collections.
Information boards highlight key stories and items in most rooms.
Children of all ages will enjoy exploring the house with Geoffrey the Lion’s illustrated trail and can discover the secrets of the House in our cabinet of curiosity.
All rooms except the High South and Chapel are accessible by wheelchair users and visitors with limited mobility. A wheelchair lift is located at the house entrance.
Whatever the weather, the Castle Howard landscape brings out the colour and drama of the season.
With 1,000 acres to explore, Castle Howard is a haven of peace and tranquility with extensive woodland walks, temples, lakes and fountains.
The monumental landscape offers breathtaking views at every turn, taking in the countryside of the Howardian Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
As well as the dramatic landscape, Castle Howard is well known for its annual displays of daffodils, rhododendrons, bluebells and roses.
Spend a day relaxing in the informal parkland dotted with statues or admiring the formal gardens and meandering through woodland or along lakeside terraces.
Set in a thousand acres of beautiful parkland; featuring statues, temples, lakes and fountains, the luxurious 18th-century Castle Howard is one of England’s most romantic settings and the perfect venue for your wedding.