Please note: This house does not offer free entry to Historic House members.
For alternative options please see other opening options.

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Overview

Nothing quite prepares you for your first encounter with Carlton Towers. Hidden away in a quiet corner of rural Yorkshire, it combines history and beauty on an epic scale.

This 17th Century Private Stately Home, is owned by Lord & Lady Fitzalan-Howard, who still reside here, with their dogs: Frank, Fonz & Sprout.

The dramatic Victorian Style House, is set in 250acres of picturesque parkland, offering seclusion from the outside world. We also offer exclusive hire of the House to make your home for the day.


Opening
Opening

Open by Private Tours only.

Find Us
Find us

Situated in Carlton, between the cities of York and Doncaster (to the North and South) and Hull and Leeds (to the East and West) with easy access from the M62 J34 or 36, or M1, M18 J6. Carlton Towers has close rail (Selby) and airport links (Robin Hood airport Doncaster Sheffield, Leeds / Bradford and Humberside).

Train stations in Selby & Goole which are a 15 minutes taxi ride. Local buses run through the village daily also.

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

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Forthcoming Tours

10 Aug 2020
2PM - 4PM | £18.00

14 Sep 2020
2PM - 4PM | £18.00

5 Oct 2020
2PM - 4PM | £18.00

2 Nov 2020
2PM - 4PM | £18.00

7 Dec 2020
2PM - 4PM | £18.00

Tour Overview

Go on a guided tour of the spectacular house and vineyard.

Tour duration

2 hours.

Tour prices

£18.00 per person.

Refreshments

Cream tea (tea and scones).

Special restrictions

No dogs permitted.

Weddings

A spectacular backdrop, wonderful accommodation, the finest food and drink and your own dedicated wedding team. Carlton Towers will stage the dream day you deserve.

You and your guests will be enchanted by the elegance and beauty of this 17th century hidden gem. Set in 250 acres of parkland, Carlton Towers is an historic treasure – and it is all yours for the most special day of your life. With exclusive use of the house and gardens, you and your guests will love exploring. From the epic grandeur of the staterooms to the informality of the bar tucked under the Minstrels’ Gallery, it is filled with secrets to discover. A spectacular backdrop, wonderful accommodation, the finest food and drink and your own dedicated wedding team: Carlton Towers will stage the day of your dreams.

Facilities

  • Suppliers list
  • Guest parking
  • Overnight guest accommodation
  • Accessible parking
  • Bridal suite
  • In-house catering

"Thank you for all your hard work & help, our Wedding day was perfect in every way!"

Laura & Tom & the whole family xxxxxxxx


Accommodation

Beautifully appointed, historic and luxurious, the bedrooms at Carlton Towers are the last word in elegant refinement.
Each of our luxury bedrooms have been individually designed and furnished by Lady Gerald Fitzalan Howard to offer a tranquil haven from the bustle of the modern world.

From the two-storey majesty of our Baroness Tower bridal suite to the stylish simple elegance of our one single room, the Lady Mirabel, each is uniquely decorated and comes with its own bathroom or shower en suite.


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Carlton Towers is the ideal venue to hold your corporate event. Whether you are looking to host a conference, entertain clients, put on team-building exercises, stage an awards ceremony – or do something entirely new and unique – we can help.

Its central location makes it close to Leeds, York, Hull and Doncaster, and easy to reach via the M62 or A19. And there is ample free parking for your delegates.

And yet its secluded nature, coupled with the fact that you enjoy exclusive use of Carlton Towers for your meeting, means there are no distractions: you can concentrate on business.

We can accommodate up to 200 guests. There are a range of facilities, available including two meeting rooms and three magnificent state rooms.

Our professional kitchens run by top chefs are able to provide a variety of catering. And we can provide all the equipment you need for a successful AGM, meeting or conference including projectors, white boards and high-speed wireless broadband.


What our corporate clients find especially appealing is the exclusivity we offer. During the week, you can have Carlton Towers, its staff and grounds completely to yourselves: all that is required is a minimum number of people staying overnight.

Carlton Towers team


Opening
Opening

Open by Private Tours only.

Find Us
Find us

Situated in Carlton, between the cities of York and Doncaster (to the North and South) and Hull and Leeds (to the East and West) with easy access from the M62 J34 or 36, or M1, M18 J6. Carlton Towers has close rail (Selby) and airport links (Robin Hood airport Doncaster Sheffield, Leeds / Bradford and Humberside).

Train stations in Selby & Goole which are a 15 minutes taxi ride. Local buses run through the village daily also.

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome

Other opening


School Visits

Guided Group History Tours

Facilities for Proms

Spaces for teambuilding exercises


Carlton Towers's history and features

The Carlton Towers we see today has a stately Victorian appearance. But peel back the layers of history and you find a much older house.

The three-storey block to the left is the original Jacobean Carlton Hall of 1614 which was completely rebuilt then by Elizabeth, the energetic widow of Brian Stapleton. It may even retain some of the masonry of the medieval house of the Stapleton family who had inherited the estate in 1301. The Stapletons became heirs to the barony of Beaumont by marriage in about 1476, yet the barony was not re-claimed for over 300 years.

The long wing on the right was added circa 1777, which is the date recorded on the clock, by Thomas Stapleton probably to the design of Thomas Atkinson of York.

In 1842 Miles Thomas Stapleton was allowed the claim to the barony of Beaumont and, to celebrate his ennoblement as 8th Lord Beaumont, he incorporated the long wing into the house, converting the chapel into a suite of state rooms with new rooms behind. We have his son Henry, 9th Lord Beaumont, to thank for the impressive Victorian façade.

It was the 9th Lord Beaumont’s dream to create the greatest of all Victorian country houses; this he achieved with his two architects: Edward Welby Pugin, whose father, Augustus Pugin, designed the interior of the Houses of Parliament, and Sir John Francis Bentley who designed Westminster Cathedral. Pugin re-faced the house in grand style, adding the turrets, gargoyles, battlements and coat of arms – and so Carlton Hall was reborn as Carlton Towers. Bentley brought a scholarly design and master craftsmanship to his work of remodeling the interior of the house. Today, Carlton Towers is an example of one of the best preserved of Gothic Revival interiors.

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Things to See

Fun Facts

The 17th Century Stately home is situated on a site that has been owned by the Stapleton-Beaumont family since the Domesday Book.

The last Catholic Priest in England to be executed in the 1500's was found in our Priests Hiding Hole - his name was Ven. Thomas Thwing.