Your Visit

The Gardens and Skelf Island Adventure Playground are open daily from 10am (9am for Friends of Castle Howard) with last admission at 4pm. Our House is open daily from 10am until 3pm. Our Farm Shop, Courtyard Cafe and Garden Centre are open.

Our onsite outlets operate on a cashless basis.

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Castle Howard has been home to the Howard family for more than 300 years. Explore iconic architecture and beautiful interiors when you visit the House, including the Great Hall which rises 70 feet into the air. The House is open from Spring to October, and is dressed for Christmas from November to January.
The Gardens and Grounds at Castle Howard include lakes, follies, woodland, temples, and statues - all of which bring out the colour and drama of the four seasons. The Gardens are open daily, and are dog-friendly.

Event Highlights

The Gift of Friendship
A 12 Month membership at Castle Howard makes the perfect gift for any occasion.
- Unlimited access to the House & Gardens
- Range of additional benefits
- Tree planted for every membership
Volunteer at a place like no other
Spend your free time supporting the preservation of our beautiful architecture and landscape.
- Flexible hours to suit you
- Travel expenses covered
- Try out a new hobby and make new friends

Castle Howard: Through the Seasons on Channel 4

Everyday life on the Castle Howard Estate was put in the spotlight in 2022, as part of a four-part series on Channel 4, Castle Howard: Through the Seasons.

Following the staff, visitors and residents of Castle Howard, the series followed life from Easter to Christmas, capturing how the team managed the hottest summer on record, preparations for a spooky Halloween experience and the installation of the iconic 26-foot Christmas tree, plus pesky peacocks, puppies, and sheep also make entertaining cameos.

The full series is available to watch here

Discover More

By Curator Blogger   //  Mon 8th April
museum room, curator, house restoration
The Museum Room is a transitional space, being the literal turning point between the Baroque house and Palladian west wing, which has this winter had its own transformation.
By Curator Blogger   //  Mon 8th April
curator, long gallery, restoration
When the doors of Castle Howard close for the winter, it might seem as though all has gone to sleep, a period of calm after the festivities of Christmas. However, this could not be further from the tr...
North Yorkshire stately home Castle Howard took away the Overall Tourist Business of the Year award at an event at Leeds Dock on the 4th December. The ceremony celebrated the best in the county’s tour...
Internationally renowned sculptor Tony Cragg will present a landmark exhibition of works at Castle Howard this summer. Tony Cragg at Castle Howard (3 May to 22 September 2024) will be the first major ...
By Curator Blogger   //  Thu 12th October
curator, john carr, stable block
To celebrate the tricentenary of his birth, our Curators have been looking at the architect John Carr of York, and his work here at Castle Howard, our stately Stable Block!
The North Yorkshire Estate installs four electric vehicle charging points and adds to its fleet of electric vehicles
By Curator Blogger   //  Thu 31st August
curator, grand tour, 9th earl
Across the month of August, when many of you may be on your own holidays, we are exploring some of the travels enjoyed by previous generations of the Howard family. This week it is the turn of George ...
By Curator Blogger   //  Wed 23rd August
curator, grand tour, 7th Earl
Across the month of August, when many of you may be on your own holidays, we are exploring some of the travels enjoyed by previous generations of the Howard family. This week it is the turn of George ...
Christmas in Neverland tickets are going on sale! Discover our full Christmas programme of events and find out more about when tickets will be available.
Book a magical and memorable children’s birthday party at Castle Howard!