Castle Howard

Price guide: Expensive

Malton, York, YO60 7DA

Price guide: Expensive

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Recommended for:
Couples, Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Singles, Art, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery, Nature / wildlife, Relaxation

Expert review of Castle Howard

A vast and extravagant palace set amongst rolling Yorkshire countryside.

Little can prepare you for the sheer scale and grandeur of this house and its estate. This was and still is home to the Howard’s whose family has overseen more than 100 years of building work before their home was finally completed.
Revealed into the public consciousness as the setting for TV and film adaptations of ‘Brideshead Revisited;’ this 18th century Baroque house is now one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. The enormous grounds are filled with lakes, woodland walks, monuments and beautifully tended gardens while inside reveals a fine collection of art and furniture presided over by a collection of helpful guides in each room. Some visitors consider it decadent to the extreme, but for a glimpse of how the other half lives it’s worth the journey.

Price advice: 

House and Gardens: Adults £13.00, concessions £11.00, children (5-16 years) £7.50, (under 5's) free.
Gardens only: Adults £8.50, concessions £8.00, children (5-16 years) £6.00, (under 5) free.
Accepts Yorkshire Pass (See the Sights and attractions section on my York insider tips page for more details).

Expert tips: 
The house occasionally closes its doors earlier than advertised to accommodate weddings and other special events. Check in advance if planning to arrive in the afternoon.
Expect to spend at least half a day here.
Though busier, Bank Holiday weekends often offer extra things going on such as markets and outdoor entertainment in the stables courtyard. Try to time visits to arrive at the beginning or end of the day when there are less visitors touring the house.
There is a choice of places to get something to eat or drink but they can be quite expensive, one option is to bring your own picnic and enjoy it in the grounds and watch out for peacocks hustling for food around the house cafe.
Bus numbers 180 and 181 make the 70 minute journey between Piccadilly in the city centre and Castle Howard Mon-Sat (Not Bank Holiday Mondays). See my [node:174615] page for contact details. A road train takes and returns visitors on the short journey between the ticket office, shops and cafes to the house itself.
This is not a castle in the usual sense of the word.

More information on Castle Howard:

Price guide:
Architectural site, Castle / palace, Park / garden
Malton, York, YO60 7DA
+44 1653 648 333
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Mar 26-Oct 30 & Nov 26-Dec 18. House and Gardens daily 11am-4pm. Grounds and Gardens daily 10am-4.30pm.
Free tags / Keywords:
Howard family, Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited

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