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 is now closed due to a large filming project, and will not reopen to the public until November. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

Pre-booking is essential.

Our team will be managing the capacity of the adventure playground area at busy times. This may mean that you will be asked to queue or limit the time you spend on the playground to 2 hours subject to demand. Thank you for your ongoing cooperation.

The Coffee Shop is open daily 9am - 5pm

The Boathouse Café is open from 10am - 3pm (Mon-Fri) and from 10am - 4pm on weekends

The Courtyard Cafe is currently 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 event disruption, full or partial closures

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. It is never our preference to close the House, however in this particular year, post pandemic, like many other visitor attractions we have suffered a substantial loss of income. Whilst we have been fortunate to receive Cultural Recovery funding for specific projects, we still have an ongoing conservation deficit challenge to address, and the essential income that filming provides goes directly into the restoration of our historic buildings and landscape.

The filming itself will take place between 9th September and 9th October and for this period the House and Gardens will close entirely to the public. The House itself will close for a further period in order for the set up and de-rig of the project, from 16th August, but the Gardens, Grounds and Adventure Playground will remain open for the filming set up and strike period. So, if you are wishing to see the House this season, please do book in before 16th August.

The Courtyard outlets and Garden Centre, as well as the wider Estate walks will remain open throughout the summer.

Our planned outdoor events such as the Proms and concerts and Halloween will all go ahead and we will be re-opening the House for Christmas in Narnia on Saturday 13th November 2021.

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

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