Temples & Monuments
Statues, temples and follies dot the grounds and gardens of Castle
Howard. Explore and discover an impressive array of figures and breathtaking views.
The Mausoleum, Pyramid and New River Bridge draw the eye across
the rolling Howardian Hills, while the Temple of the Four Winds provides breathtaking views across the impressive landscape.
Bought in the 18th century by the 3rd Earl and restored in 1995, 18 lead figures sit amongst the gardens. Highlights include Apollo sitting on his stone plinth carved with a mountain scene at the end the lime walk and The Shepherd Boy, tucked away in a tranquil spot below the South Lake cascade.
The Mausoleum rises 90 feet into the
air and is supported by a colonnade of 20 pillars. Designed by
Nicholas Hawksmoor, it is one the finest free-standing mausoleums in
Building began in 1729 but was not completed until after the deaths of both
Hawskmoor and the 3rd Earl, who was originally buried in the local
parish church and re-interred in the mausoleum six years later.
Still the private burial place of the Howard family and nearly one mile from the house, the Mausoleum is not accessible during a visit. However, it is easy to see from the waterfall
at Temple Basin and the curatorial team does lead special visits for the
Temple of the Four Winds
The Temple of the Four Winds lies at the eastern end of Temple
Terrace, commanding stunning views across the hills
It was designed by Vanbrugh but remained unfinished at the time of his death in 1726; the interiors were finally decorated in
1738 by the stuccoist Francesco Vassalli.
The temple was originally used as a place for refreshment and reading,
beneath it is a cellar where servants prepared the food they served
to the family above.