Castle Howard in York

Castle Howard

Castle Howard - Statey Home and Gardens - North Yorkshire

Castle Howard is one of the finest stately homes in Yorkshire, the house and extensive grounds are open to the public throughout most of the year.

To visit you must pre-book. Bookings will have an arrival slot time. Please note that for now, Skelf Island, the Adventure Playground and the House itself will remain closed along with the indoor cafe outlets. Visit Castle Howard Re-Opening for the full information and Covid social distancing regulations.

Castle Howard Stately home was built by a member of the Howard family over 300 years ago and is still the family residence. Enjoy the Baroque interiors with a tour of the house taken at your own pace with friendly guides on hand to share stories. Children can enjoy a tour with Geoffery the Lions illustrated trail.
Grounds and Gardens: The gardens of Castle Howard are extensive and diverse, with formal gardens and a walled garden merging to become a wider parkland. There are a number of buildings within the grounds including the Temple of the Four Winds and the Mausoleum. For walks on the wilder side head into Ray Wood, a 25 acre woodland which has been restored to an English woodland garden with the Yorkshire Arboretum.
During the school holidays and some weekends there are boat cruises available on the Great Lake, providing wildlife spotting opportunities and great views of the house.

Castle Howard has an extensive and varied events programme which runs throughout the year.

For more details on special events visit the Castle Howard

Museum Facilities
  • Gift Shop
  • Farm Shop
  • Garden Centre
  • Coffee Shop
  • Restaurant
  • Toilets & Changing Areas
Opening Time icon
Opening Hours until 4th November

The House and Gardens are open daily, with the grounds opening at 10.00am and first entry to the House at 10.30am.
The tour of the House is free flow with last entry at 4.00pm, occasionally free flow entry closes at 3.00pm and we adopt guided tours at 3.30pm and 4.00pm. The grounds are open until 6.00pm (last entry 5.00pm).
The Courtyard shops, facilities and Garden Centre are open daily: admission free.
Parking is free of charge.


Adult £
Concession £
Child (4 - 16) £
Family (2+3) £
Family (1+3) £0
Under 4 Free

Adult £
Concession £
Child (4 - 16) £
Family (2+3) £
Family (1+3) £
Under 4 Free

Map Location
Getting To Castle Howard

By bus
A direct bus service runs from York to Castle Howard. Visitors who travel via this service receive reduced admission to the house & grounds (£15.50 for adults and £7.50 for children), on production of a valid ticket.

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.

Contact Details
Castle Howard
Tel: 01653 648333
Web:Castle Howard
Re-Opening News

Castle Howard Re-Opening

The Castle Howard Gardens and Grounds will be open for Members only from Wednesday 3rd – Sunday 7th June. Public opening of the Gardens will follow from Monday 8th June. We will be asking all visitors to pre-book admission tickets online.
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