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Wed 5th June 2019
Castle Howard joins the Heritage Open Day Festival!
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Now in its 25th year, the ‘Heritage Open Day’ festival has been a champion in celebrating local history, culture and architecture. A huge variety of events, completely free of charge, enables visitors to explore hidden gems and discover rare treasures across the country that they may not otherwise be able to enjoy.

Thousands of locations across the UK have joined Heritage Open Days and this year for the first time, Castle Howard are too! On 14th & 20th September Castle Howard, which has become an iconic Yorkshire attraction, will be offering an experience like no other as 2 groups are invited to take a journey through the breathtaking 18th-century landscape to explore the spectacular Howard Family Mausoleum.

The Mausoleum which sits within the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, remains the private burial ground to the Howard Family. Designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor, the Mausoleum with its impressive colonnade and towering Dome has been described by many as one of the finest buildings of its kind in the word. It was even sketched by Queen Victoria during her visit of 1850, a sketch which remains in the Royal Collection today.

The Mausoleum is now a major area of focus for Castle Howard and will be look to complete major conservation works in the coming years. Visitors on this tour will be able to view the chapel with its domed roof that towers 90 feet above, you will also view the family crypt below and learn about some of the ongoing challenges of maintaining this magnificent yet delicate architectural masterpiece.

The event includes a 2 hour walking tour and tour of Mausoleum, also includes free access to the Castle Howard Gardens. Places are limited and available on a first come first serve basis. To book, call the Marketing & Sales Team on 01653 648621 or email [email protected] Or to find out more about Heritage Open Days, visit their website here.