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).
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.
- Families with teenagers
- First-time travellers
- Mature travellers
- Great views / scenery
- Design and architecture
- Nature / wildlife