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

Following the Government's Coronavirus recovery road map announcement on 22nd February, we have been able to bring forward our plans for gradually re-opening the Gardens of Castle Howard.

The Gardens are open for members only. The Gardens will reopen to the public on Saturday 20th March. Pre-booking is essential.

The Government guidance allows for people to access their local Heritage Gardens for daily exercise with people from their household or support bubble. We ask all visitors to follow these restrictions when making decisions about travelling.

The Farm Shop and Garden Centre remain open daily from 10am and continue to offer local delivery and click and collect services.

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 - 4pm 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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