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 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 open daily with free flow admission 10.30am - 1pm, with a daily guided tour at 2pm.

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 Fitzroy Café is open with table service for al fresco elevenses, light lunches and cream teams  from 11am - 4pm.

 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 and Boat 'The Dame' will not be operating until further notice.

We are required to record the information of all visitors over the age of 16 for Test & Trace, which will be kept for a period of 21 days. Please download the NHS Test & Trace app prior to arriving so you can scan the QR code upon entry. Details can also be taken manually on site if you don't have access to this service. 

Thank you for your continued support.

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

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