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Castle Howard sits at the centre of an almost 9,000 acre estate in the Howardian Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty near York.
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Chris Ridgway
Chris Ridgway
By Dr Chris Ridgway  //  Sat 27 Jun 2020
Gardens, Landscape, History
Following some routine maintenance & cleaning, the Atlas Fountain is back up and running. The South Parterre at Castle Howard has been dominated by this massive piece of Victo...

Chris Ridgway
Chris Ridgway
By Dr Chris Ridgway  //  Fri 29 May 2020
Curatorial, History, Collection, Estate, Brideshead
Seventy-five years ago, in May 1945, just three weeks after VE Day, Evelyn Waugh’s novel Brideshead Revisited was published. Little did anyone, including the author, know how ...

Chris Ridgway
Chris Ridgway
By Dr Chris Ridgway  //  Fri 15 May 2020
Curatorial, History, Collection, Estate
In this personal reflection Curator Dr Chris Ridgway ponders the impact and significance of the famous Castle Howard Avenue, and tries to recapture the experience of seeing it...

Chris Ridgway
Chris Ridgway
By Dr Chris Ridgway  //  Thu 7 May 2020
Curatorial, History, Collection, Estate
On VE Day, 8th May 1945, Castle Howard, like countless homes, places emerged from six long years of conflict. During these years the building had been ravaged by fire, the How...

By Alastair Gunn  //  Wed 29 Apr 2020
Gardens, Landscape, History
Today marks the start of National Gardening Week. This video was produced last year for our new audio digital guide, and we thought now might be the perfect time to share it. ...

Chris Ridgway
Chris Ridgway
By Dr Chris Ridgway  //  Fri 24 Apr 2020
Curatorial, History, Collection
The long roll-call of staff who have worked at Castle Howard over the centuries includes figures whose occupations and tasks have hardly changed despite the advent of modern t...

Chris Ridgway
Chris Ridgway
By Dr Chris Ridgway  //  Tue 21 Apr 2020
Curatorial, History, Collection, Estate
How can Castle Howard, begun in 1699, possibly have a Tudor tale to tell? The building didn’t exist in the 16th century, although its predecessor Henderskelfe Castle was stand...

Chris Ridgway
Chris Ridgway
By Dr Chris Ridgway  //  Thu 16 Apr 2020
Curatorial, History, Collection
Many members of the Howard Family have made it into the history books for many different reasons; military heroes, suffrage campaigners, politicians, the list goes on. When di...

Maria Ellis
Maria Ellis
By Maria Ellis  //  Tue 14 Apr 2020
Estate, Nature
Castle Howard is home to an abundance of wildlife. A diverse ecosystem with many different habitats means there is a chance to see many different creatures as you explore the ...

Chris Ridgway
Chris Ridgway
By Dr Chris Ridgway  //  Fri 10 Apr 2020
Curatorial, History, Collection, Estate
Ray Wood is one of Castle Howard’s hidden glories. An ancient woodland that was first recorded in the Domesday Book, it has played host to a number of adventures in past centu...