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. Pre-booking is essential. Please note that the Kelly Car land train and Boat 'The Dame' will not be operating.

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 subject to demand. We ask that you work with us to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience can be had by all visitors, and thank you for your ongoing cooperation.

The Coffee Shop is open daily 9am - 5pm and the Boathouse Café is open from 10am - 3pm (Mon-Fri) and from 10am - 4pm on weekends, both offering a grab-and-go takeaway offer.

The Castle Howard Farm Shop and Garden Centre are open daily from 10am - 5pm with social distancing measures in place. Both the Farm Shop and Garden Centre continue to offer a local delivery service too.

The main toilets in the Courtyard are open, including the accessible toilet, and the baby changing facility. You will see additional hand wash and hand sanitiser stations around the site which we encourage you to use.

The House remains closed until further notice.

We feel we need to act responsibly, and we have a duty of care to ensure the safety of our staff, visitors and local community in Ryedale at this critical time in trying to control the virus, we therefore thank you for patience whilst we implement our gradual reopening plan.

Thank you for your continued support at this challenging time.

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

The Castle Howard Farm Shop is open daily from 10am - 5pm with social distancing measures in place. Our Farm Shop is also offering a food ordering service (similar to the well known Click & Collect system) and a delivery service to local villages.
The Castle Howard Garden Centre is open daily 10am - 5pm with social distancing measures in place. The Garden Centre continues to accept orders for collection or local delivery over the phone.

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