Castle Howard
Howardian Hills

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About

Castle Howard is one of Britain’s finest historic houses, situated just outside York in the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Marvel at dramatic architecture and interiors.

Built over 300 years ago by Sir John Vanbrugh, today it remains home to the Howard family.

Discover the house at your own pace, admiring its awe-inspiring architecture and interiors, with something to capture everyone’s imagination. Friendly and knowledgeable guides are on hand to share stories of the house, family and collections with visitors of all ages.

Enjoy stunning scenery all year, with almost 1,000 acres of Grade 1 listed parkland and gardens to explore. Spend the day in a monumental landscape studded with statues, temples, lakes and fountains and admire sweeping countryside views. Meander along woodland paths and in the tranquil walled garden.

Children will love the lakeside adventure playground and can run wild in the gardens with a free children's trail leaflet. The recent addition of Skelf Island is magically inhabited by otherworldly Skelves, and is made up of treetop nest structures, connected by rope bridges, slides, nets and climbing equipment and is suitable for all ages!

Exhibitions and events throughout the year include Easter activities, various exhibitions, a flower festival in June and Christmas opening.

Be sure to leave time to browse the shops and cafes, including farm shop, gift shop and garden centre.

Guide Prices

2020 prices - Garden Tickets:

Adult: £12.95
Concession: £12.00
Child (4-16): £8.50
Family (2+3): from £34.50
Family (1+3): from £21.50
Under 4: Free

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for hearing impaired
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Catering

  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

Groups

  • Facilities for groups

Languages

  • French signs/guides
  • German signs/guides
  • Italian signs/guides
  • Spanish signs/guides

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality
  • Helicopter landing

Parking

  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Postbox
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed
  • Telephone (public)

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome Host

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Castle Howard is located 15 miles north east of York, just off the A64. From the A64, follow the brown tourist signs for Castle Howard. Due to narrow gateways, coaches and large vehicles should continue on the A64 to Malton and approach Castle Howard from Malton/Coneysthorpe.  

Public Transport Directions

Bus services run from York and Malton. Check the Castle Howard website for details. Accessible by Public Transport: Malton station is 7 miles away.

Castle Howard

Type:Historic House

Castle Howard, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO60 7DA
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Tel01653 648444

Awards

  • Yorkshire AwardsWhite Rose Award Winner White Rose Award Winner 2016
  • Yorkshire AwardsWelcome To Yorkshire Member Welcome To Yorkshire Member 2016
  • Visit EnglandVistEngland VAQAS Gold VistEngland VAQAS Gold 2018
  • Other AwardsHistoric Houses Association Friends Scheme Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme 2016
  • Other AwardsThe Treasure Houses of England The Treasure Houses of England 2019
  • Yorkshire AwardsDiscover Yorkshire Coast local members logo Discover Yorkshire Coast local members logo 2017
  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2020
  • Yorkshire AwardsYork Tourism Awards Winner York Tourism Awards Winner 2016

Opening Times

Castle Howard (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

* Please see the website for further details.

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