Welcome

Generations of the Howard family have welcomed visitors to Castle Howard, one of the great palaces of Europe, for over 300 years and today we extend this warm welcome to you.

"Nobody... had informed me that I should at one view see a palace, a town, a fortified city, temples on high places, woods worthy of being each a metropolis of the Druids, vales connected to hills by other woods, the noblest lawn in the world fenced by half the horizon, and a mausoleum that would tempt one to be buried alive; in short I have seen gigantic places before, but never a sublime one."  Horace Walpole 1772

COVID-19 Closure During Lockdown

Due to the current Lockdown in England, Castle Howard has taken the decision to close its Gardens and catering outlets from Thursday 7th January. The Farm Shop and Garden Centre will remain open with take away barista coffee and cakes available from the Farm Shop.

This decision has not been taken lightly and our senior team have given much consideration to the current guidelines and advice from authorities. The Government guidance does allow Heritage Gardens to remain open for daily exercise, but not for recreation. However, the guidance instructs that people stay local, in their own village, town or area of their city. Because Castle Howard is in a rural area, most visitors need to travel to reach the site, therefore making it hard to abide by the current travel restrictions and therefore it feels against the spirit of this lockdown for us to stay open. We are confident that visitors who are in our immediate locality can access the miles of wider Estate public footpaths for daily exercise, which remain open. The main visitor car park will remain open for the use of Garden Centre & Farm Shop customers. If you are local and using the car park for daily exercise on the wider Estate public footpaths, please do so responsibly and avoid parking on the grass or mud as we will be looking to complete maintenance in these areas to improve them for future use.

All Friends Members of Castle Howard will be offered an extension to their annual membership for the duration of the closure period, and we will review re-opening in line with schools and other sectors being allowed to open back up, hopefully mid-February. If you have pre-booked a ticket for the next few weeks we will be in touch to refund or move your booking.

We feel we need to act responsibly, and we have a duty of care to ensure the safety of our staff, visitors and local community in Ryedale at this critical time in trying to control the virus. Whilst we understand it is disappointing not to be able to visit us for a short period we hope you will support and understand this decision.

Thank you for your continued support at this challenging time.

The Castle Howard Farm Shop is open daily from 10am - 4pm with social distancing measures in place. Our Farm Shop is also offering a food ordering service (similar to the well known Click & Collect system) and a delivery service to local villages.
The Castle Howard Garden Centre is open daily 10am - 4pm with social distancing measures in place. The Garden Centre continues to accept orders for colection or local delivery over the phone.

"One of the top 10 buildings you must visit in your lifetime" The Telegraph, 2018

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