Castle Howard

About Castle Howard

Castle Howard is a stately home in North Yorkshire, England, 15 miles north of York. Set in the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Castle Howard is a private residence and has been home of the Carlisle branch of the Howard family for more than 300 years. Castle Howard was commissioned by the 3rd Earl of Carlisle in 1699 and took over 100 years to complete.

Successive generations have welcomed visitors to the House and it was first opened to the public by George Howard in 1952. Visitors can expect dramatic interiors and world-renowned art collections inside the House, which is also the filming location for Bridgerton and Brideshead.

Fountain at Castle Howard photography by Heritage Photographic

With 1,000 acres of parkland to explore, Castle Howard is a haven of peace and tranquillity with extensive woodland walks, temples, lakes and fountains. The monumental landscape offers breathtaking views at every turn, taking in the countryside of the Howardian Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Adventure Playground
Our adventure playground Skelf Island’s named after the historic site Castle Howard sits on, Henderskelfe. Throughout the school holidays, you might encounter the faerie-like creatures that live in the canopies and crooks of Skelf Island, known as Skelves, they’re a friendly and curious bunch that loves to play! Ingenious treetop nest structures connected by rope bridges, slides, nets, and climbing equipment will allow the Skelves to take young visitors on an adventure like no other.

Visit Castle Howard


Accessible public toilet

With handrails and emergency call system.


Wheelchair accessible.
Special dietary requirements catered for.

Trained assistance dogs welcome

The grounds and all our outlets (excluding the Farm Shop and House Gift Shop) are dog friendly. Service animals are welcome in the House.

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Castle Howard provides a range of facilities to offer you a fantastic day out


Coffee Shop, Courtyard Café, Fitzroy Café, Boathouse Café.

Car parking

Large, accessible visitor car park.

Children's trails/adventure playground

Skelf Island Adventure Playground.

Toilets and baby changing facilities

Multiple toilets on site, including accessible toilets.

Cycle parking facilities

In the main visitor car park

Picnic site

Picnic tables next to adventure playground.

Dogs at Castle Howard

The grounds and all our outlets (excluding the Farm Shop and House Gift Shop) are dog friendly. Service animals are welcome in the House.

Getting here

Contact us

Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA
Tel 01653 648333
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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.

Public transport

The Castle Line bus service runs from York Station

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