Castle Howard

Address: Malton, York, YO60 7DA, England
Telephone: +44 1653 648 333

- Expensive


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.

Value for money

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 [node:174616] page for more details).

Expert tips

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.

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.

Recommended for

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