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Castle Howard
Castle Howard is one of Britain’s grandest stately homes. Built over the course of 100 years and still home to the Howard family, the castle was famously used as a filming location for Brideshead Revisited. Its 1,000 acres (405 hectares) of elegant grounds are located in the Howardian Hills—an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
 
The Basics
Highlights of the spectacular Castle Howard include the Walled Garden, Woodland Garden, and Atlas Fountain, plus its mausoleum and Temple of the Four Winds. The simplest way to visit Castle Howard, located as it is in the countryside, is on a guided tour; group coach tours and private driving tours of the region both offer a seamless way to explore. If you are visiting independently, you can wander the castle on your own or get a more comprehensive experience by joining one of Castle Howard’s two guided, late-afternoon tours offered daily from March to early November. Private tours should be booked in advance. 
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Castle Howard is the perfect destination for history buffs, architecture lovers, and garden enthusiasts.
  • The grounds host a number of cafés and restaurants, including the elegant Fitzroy Restaurant and the Boathouse Café.
  • On sunny summer days, you can embark on a boat tour of the Great Lake.
  • The castle hosts a number of temporary exhibitions, plus a series of talks and other special events.
  • Most of the house and grounds are accessible to wheelchair users. Manual wheelchairs are available to borrow at the ticket office or house entrance.
 
How to Get There
Castle Howard is located just 15 miles (24 kilometers) northwest of York, amidst the rolling Howardian Hills. Guided tours from York offer the easiest way to access the landmark; if driving yourself, take the A64. Bus 181 runs from York to Castle Howard four times daily.

When to Get There
Castle Howard is open to the public daily from late March through early November; the ticket office opens at 10am, with first entry to the castle at 10:30am and last entry at 3pm. The sprawling grounds are open 10am to 5pm year-round. Castle Howard is also open from late November until December 31 (except December 24 through 26) for an array of holiday activities including live music and entertainment, festive decorations, and market stalls.
 
Castle Howard and Brideshead Revisited
Beyond its glamour and wealth of history, Castle Howard also has a cinematic side. The landmark was used as a filming location for both the television and movie adaptations of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited.
Address: Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA, England
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Castle Howard Christmas House and Grounds Entrance

Make the most of your day by enjoying Castle Howard inside and out. Admire sumptuous interiors furnished with world renowned works of art, before exploring over 1,000 acres of monumental gardens with statues, lakes, temples and fountains. And for youngsters, the Adventure Playground offers endless fun.
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Castle Howard House and Grounds Entrance

Get more out of your time in York by visiting the impressive Castle Howard House. Guarantee your entry by pre-booking your ticket in advance, which gives access to the inside of the house, as well as the external grounds. See its historic artwork and antiques, and explore the gardens with stunning features such as lakes, temples, and fountains.
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Castle Howard - Private Driver-Guided Tour

Located in the lovely North Yorkshire countryside, Castle Howard is one of England’s grandest stately homes. Don’t worry about finding your own way there: this seamless, half-day tour makes it simple to explore. Depart from central York by minibus, and learn more about the landmark from your driver. Upon arrival, you’ll have hours at leisure to stroll through its gardens, take a summer boat ride on the Great Lake, tour the castle’s interior with on-site guides, and more.
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Ideal for travelers looking for the flexibility to determine their own itinerary, the York Pass provides access to a number of the region’s top attractions, including The Deep, Beningbrough Hall, and more. Don’t worry about buying individual admission tickets; instead, use the convenient and hassle-free York Pass to save time on the day, allowing you more time to enjoy the sights.
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Castle Howard and Fountains Abbey Private Day Trip from York

Visiting Castle Howard and Fountains Abbey in a day from York is near-impossible without car rental. This private tour makes it easy, with private transport and a driver-guide to take you via scenic routes and introduce sights and photo ops along the way. Visit Castle Howard before exploring UNESCO-listed Fountains Abbey and the adjoining water gardens of Studley Royal Park, all at your own pace. Entrance fees at own expense.
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Castle Howard - The Finest Stately Home in Yorkshire

Exploring the Yorkshire stately home of Castle Howard without a guide could leave you glossing over or missing some of its history and treasures. Get the best from a visit and travel there with ease on this private day trip from York. Admire the rooms, art, and furniture; stroll the gardens, and hear background and snippets—including stories of the house’s starring TV roles—that you might miss if alone.
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