Keeping it in the family at Castle Howard

York, North Yorkshire

The Howard family has called Castle Howard home for 300 years but their house is your house as you explore one of Yorkshire’s finest historic estates.

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Explore one of Britain's most magnificent houses, Castle Howard. Built over 300 years ago by Sir John Vanbrugh for Charles Howard, the third Earl of Carlisle, today it's still home to the Howard family.

Set in the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty just outside York, marvel at Castle Howard's dramatic interiors and world-renowned art collections, with friendly and knowledgeable guides revealing the stories and history of the house.

Discover more with acres of parkland dotted with lakes and temples, statues of myths and legend, serpentine woodland paths, 18th century walled garden with heritage rose collection and ornamental kitchen garden, children’s trails and playground.

A changing programme of events, outdoor tours, miles of footpaths and bridleways, and a rich variety of wildlife means there is always something to discover at Castle Howard.

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CExploring the South Lawn, Castle Howard © Andy Bulmer
TThe Atlas Fountain, Castle Howard © Andy Bulmer
TStrolling along the terrace near the Temple of The Four Winds, Castle Howard © Andy Bulmer
TIn among the borders in the Walled Garden, Castle Howard © Andy Bulmer
A guide shares stories of the house in the Turquoise Drawing Room Castle Howard © Andy Bulmer
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