Castle Howard

Castle Howard

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Visit Castle Howard House and Gardens for one of the best days out in York!

Explore all the grandeur of Castle Howard with your house and gardens tickets! Embark on a historic adventure into the past as you discover everything that Castle Howard has to offer on this fantastic day out near York. 

What to expect on your Castle Howard day out

  • Incredible archive collections of art, letters & more
  • Themed events year round
  • Various exhibitions & displays
  • The Walled Garden & Woodland Garden
  • Beautiful Lakes & Waterways
  • Wildlife & Conservation
  • Multiple farm shops with gifts & more
  • Many cafes & eating options 

Step into the lavish rooms of the stately house, where you can wander as you gaze in awe at the stylish hallways, the many statues and busts, as well as an impressive art collection. Then, venture into the splendid gardens, each season painting a different masterpiece. From the serene lakes to the vibrant flowerbeds, nature always amazes at Castle Howard.

Make the most of your visit to Castle Howard with the House & Gardens tickets. One of the best things to do around York, Castle Howard proves to be a simply unforgettable day out for the family. 

Castle Howard's archive collection

Explore the awe inspiring  archives, containing a vast range of material including books, correspondence, diaries, papers, bills and notebooks, which document the life and times of Castle Howard and its inhabitants over the centuries.

It is a rich resource which underpins the curatorial research and exhibitions programme, and provides frequently extraordinary insights behind the scenes of Castle Howard.

The core of the picture collection was gathered by three generations in less than a century. The 3rd, 4th and 5th Earls each purchased widely and wisely as they toured Europe, but of all the Continental influences, the strongest was that of Italy.

And as with many collections, artworks have been bought and sold across the years, but Castle Howard’s collections retain outstanding works of Italian Heritage, displayed across the state rooms.

Castle Howard's Beautiful Farmland

Castle Howard has a rich urban history! Approximately 2,300 acres of the land are farmed on behalf of the Castle Howard Estate and the remainder is managed specifically for wildlife and habitat benefits! Not only this, but 3,200 acres are tenanted and let as nine fully equipped farm holdings!

Castle Howard - House & Gardens Ticket

Get the very best of Castle Howard, when you see the stunning architectural wonder of the house and the striking natural beauty of the gardens

Available to 31 October 2024

Castle Howard - Garden Only Ticket

With this ticket, see the beautiful gardens of Castle Howard and take in the natural surroundings of the area

Available to 31 October 2024
York YO60 7BY
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How to Find Us

Castle Howard is just 15 miles North East of York and is easily accessible from the A64 which connects Leeds, York and the Yorkshire Coast.

By car:

From the North - From the A1 take the A61 to Thirsk then the A170 to Helmsley. Before Helmsley turn right onto the B1257 and follow the brown signs. Please be aware this route includes Sutton Bank which is unsuitable for caravans. If you are towing, please continue down the A19 and follow the signs for the alternative route. 

From the South - Take the A1M to Junction 44 and follow the A64 east to York. Continue on the A64 past York in the direction of Scarborough, and you will shortly pick up the brown signs for Castle Howard.

You can also take the scenic route, avoiding the A64 and taking in North Yorkshire countryside and villages.

By bus: 

York to Castle Howard: A direct bus service, CastleLine runs from York to Castle Howard.

  • Toilets
  • Baby-changing facilities 
  • Coffee shop
  • Farm shop
  • Picnic area
  • Fitzroy Café
  • Boathouse Café
  • Courtyard Café

There is a great range of outlets across the Estate offering both takeaway and table service options, with full seasonal menu's available celebrating the best Yorkshire produce.

Dogs are very welcome at Castle Howard. Please keep them on a lead at all times and make sure to clean up after your pets. 

Dogs are also welcome in outdoor seating areas at the site's cafés and water bowls are provided. 

Only assistance dogs are allowed in the House, Skelf Island Adventure Playground and Kelly Car Land Train. 

No, Castle Howard operates on a cashless basis.

Pushchairs are not permitted in the House, but can be stored in a pushchair holding area at the house entrance. 'Hip-seats' can be borrowed to assist in carrying children (6 months to 3 years old) throughout the house. 

Yes, Castle Howard has installed facilities that enable wheelchair users to enjoy the site. 

  • All outside surfaces are accessible, with the exception of Ray Wood. 
  • Wheelchair users are able to use the stair lift to access the house. 
  • Access at the High South and Chapel is restricted. 
  • The Kelly Car Land Train can accommodate wheelchairs and push chairs
  • Shops and cafés are all accessible by wheelchair

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