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This virtual palace was the first great work of the architect Sir John Vanbrugh in 1699 for Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle.

Arguably the finest Baroque stately home in Britain, with a spectacular Great Hall under the painted and gilded dome 80 feet high. It contains fabulous collections of paintings and, notably, classical sculpture.

Known to many as the location of 'Brideshead' in the television series and now in the recently launched new feature film.

The park is designed on a heroic scale covering 1,000 acres. The gardens, with their formal baroque layout between two lakes and famous Prince of Wales Fountain, also include such memorable sights as the Temple of Four Winds, the Cascade and the Mausoleum.

The Walled Garden has collections of old and modern roses, and Ray Wood has a unique collection of rhododendrons, rare trees, magnolias and azaleas. Winner of the Historic Houses Garden of the Year Award 2011.

Today’s opening hours

House: 30 March to 3 November and Christmas.

NB: members are only entitled to one free visit per calendar year at this property (including summer flower festival and Christmas opening).



Grounds: Year round (except 25 December).

House: 30 March to 3 November and Christmas.

NB: members are only entitled to one free visit per calendar year at this property (including summer flower festival and Christmas opening).

Find Us
Find us

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.

From the South: Take the A1M to Junction 44 and follow the A64 east to York. Continue past York and eventually you will 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, or get to Castle Howard via public transport.

A direct service runs from York to Castle Howard by bus. Tickets costs £10.00 for an adult return. Visitors who travel via this service receive reduced admission to the house & grounds, on production of a valid ticket.


Car park on site

  • Free


Historic Houses members may visit once for free per year, including the summer flower festival and Christmas period.

Members receive a discount when joining the Castle Howard Friends Membership scheme.

Adult: £18.95
Concession £17.50
Child £9.95
Family £47.85
Under 4 Free

  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Hearing loops
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
Group Visits
Group Visits

As well as discounted house and grounds admission, Castle Howard offers a variety of other group benefits, allowing you to tailor make your visit for a perfect day. 

Find out more.

A word from the owner

Our family has lived here at Castle Howard for over 300 years. We hope you enjoy your visit.

Things to See

Fun Facts

Castle Howard is well known for being the setting for both the TV series and Film of Brideshead Revisited. Granada TV's production of Evelyn Waugh's novel, starring Anthony Andrews, Jeremy Irons and Diana Quick, is recognised by many as one of the great costume dramas of all time.

Although it is not certain that Waugh identified his Brideshead with Castle Howard, for many people the two buildings have come to epitomise a nostalgia for England before the Second World War.


With 1,000 acres to explore, Castle Howard is a haven of peace and tranquility with extensive woodland walks, temples, lakes and fountains.

Walk the informal parkland dotted with statues and temple, take in the formal gardens and meander through woodland or along lakeside terraces.

From March to October free daily outdoor tours take place covering a range of topics including The Walled Garden, The Temple of the Four Winds, 20th Century Landscape and Waterways.

Upcoming events

26 - 29 Sep 2019

Autumn Harvest & Flower Festival

As the seasons begin to change and we slip slowly from the heat and hustle of summer to the cool, golden light of autumn, come and join us as we put on a spectacular celebration of the Harvest and rural life.

With a nod to the traditional Feast of Michaelmas, which marks the beginning of Autumn and the shortening of days, and which is the festival upon which today’s “Harvest” Festival is based, our Autumn Harvest & Flower Festival is a great day out for all the family and a seasonal feast for all the senses.

Experience stunning floral installations throughout the House that reflect the autumn landscape and the bounty of the harvest using seasonal flowers and produce. Designed by the team behind our extraordinary Christmas displays, Charlotte Lloyd Webber and her artistic designers, as well as local Yorkshire artists and crafters, expect a creative and lavish spectacle that showcases everything Autumn has to offer. Look out for a stunning centrepiece in the Octagon; a Michaelmas dragon breathing flames of wheat. Made by the team behind the incredible 5 Gold Rings we displayed last Christmas, Figurehead Studios will create this mesmerizing showstopper especially for Castle Howard.

School Visits

Bespoke group visits can be arranged for school groups with various members of the Castle Howard team, from the curators to the gardens team.