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.

If you are planning to visit Tony Cragg at Castle Howard over the coming weeks, please review our opening times in advance as some sculptures will be moving for a private event.

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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.

This special exhibition by internationally renowned artist Sir Tony Cragg includes several large-scale sculptures in the Gardens, as well as sculptures and works on paper in the historic rooms of the House.
Castle Howard proudly features in the first series of Bridgerton in Episode 6 as the Duke and Duchess of Hastings' ancestral home, doubling as Clyvedon Castle.

Event Highlights

The Gift of Membership
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

Conservation and restoration works in the House

We are working on some major projects in the House to restore and refresh some of our beautiful historic interiors. This amazing work will help us conserve and re-interpret the House and collections for future visitors to enjoy.

Castle Howard is a living and breathing home, made special and unique by the Howard family adding their flair and style to the interiors over centuries, and we are very excited to be part of this once-in-a-generation project.

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Castle Howard is hosting a pop-up Bettys shop in their historic Stable Courtyard this Christmas. Synonymous with Yorkshire and celebrated internationally, Bettys is known for mouthwatering confectiona...
By Curator Blogger   //  Thu 6th June
Curator, Crimson Dining Room
When Castle Howard was built in the early eighteenth century, what we now know as the Crimson Dining Room was the State Bed Chamber. Preceded by a Drawing Room and followed by a Dressing Room, the bed...
By Curator Blogger   //  Wed 22nd May
Curator, Tapestry Drawing Room, Entablature
At Castle Howard rich architectural detailing can be found all over the building. One of the main features of the principal rooms are the ornate cornice, frieze, and architrave, collectively known...
Castle Howard have achieved an extraordinary milestone by raising an amazing £25,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity). This is the largest charitable sum raised in th...
By Curator Blogger   //  Tue 7th May
Curator, Tapestry Drawing Room, Restoration
Exciting changes are afoot in the house this year! After years of careful planning, the latest project to restore rooms affected by the catastrophic fire of 1940 is now underway. Image 1 - Drawing ...
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 ...
The North Yorkshire Estate installs four electric vehicle charging points and adds to its fleet of electric vehicles