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

Opening Update

The Gardens and Skelf Island Adventure Playground are open daily, from 10am (9am for Friends of Castle Howard) with last admission at 4pm.

The House remains closed due to a large filming project, and will not reopen to the public until 13th November. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

Pre-booking is essential.

Outlet Opening Times (from 9th October)

The Coffee Shop - Open daily 9am - 5pm

The Courtyard Cafe  - Open daily 10am - 5pm

The Boathouse Café - Open daily 10am - 4pm

Pizza Oven - Open weekends and half term only - 11am - 4pm

Fitzroy Cafe - Closed

House Gift Shop - Closed

 The Castle Howard Farm Shop and Garden Centre are open daily from 10am - 5pm with social distancing measures in place.

Our outlets are currently all operating on a 'cashless' basis as part of our Coronavirus Safety Policy. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

The Courtyard and Boathouse toilets are open, including the accessible toilet, and the baby changing facility.There are additional sanitisier stations around the House and Gardens,

Please note that the Kelly Car land train will not be operating until further notice.

Thank you for your continued support.

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 Notice of partial closures due to ongoing filming & conservation

We have confirmed a filming contract that will take place at Castle Howard, which will mean a period of closure of the visitor attraction. We hope you will understand that the decision to take on the filming project has not been taken lightly and we have considered options very carefully. Filming will finish on 9th October but there will be large vehicles moving around the site until later in the month. We ask that visitors take care when walking around the Grounds.

Over the coming months we will be sharing progress of several Estate conservation projects, which will inevitably result in partial closures of certain areas at times. We will always endeavor to keep you updated prior to any closures and we hope you will understand the importance of these vital works!

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

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