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Friends of Castle Howard

Enjoy  access to the house, parkland, gardens and adventure playground and a range of other exclusive benefits and events by becoming a Gold or Silver Friend of Castle Howard.
Our Friends not only get to enjoy one of the UK's finest stately homes but also play a vital role in supporting the work of Castle Howard. Funds generated from the Friends scheme are invested in the conservation and upkeep of the House and Grounds, helping sustain and preserve them for future generations.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus Notice)

Now more than ever, we are thankful for the support of our members as we try to steer Castle Howard throughout this uncertain period. 
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. In the first instance, the Gardens will reopen for Members only, commencing Monday 8th March. The Gardens will then open to the public on Saturday 20th March. Tickets will be available to book via our website from 9am on Tuesday 2nd March 2021.

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 until 4pm 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.


Direct Telephone +44 (0)1653 648621
Mobile +44(0)7816 150657
Switchboard +44 (0)1653 648444
Friends of Castle Howard Gardens Ticket (Members only)

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak all Friends of Castle Howard must pre-book an arrival time slot to visit us.

Visits to Castle Howard are included within your membership, please enter your full membership number as it appears on your membership card when prompted (including 'MEM' if applicable).

The Gardens are open daily from 9am, last admission is at 4pm with the Gardens closing at 5pm.

Tickets will go on sale from 9am on Tuesday 2nd March 2021.

Friends of Castle Howard
Included in your membership

Choose the tier of our membership scheme which most suits you; from enjoying great days out with your family to joining us at our Summer Garden Party and taking part in our programme of Friends tours and talks. 

Benefits for both Silver and Gold Friends:

  • Free access to the house, parkland, gardens and adventure playground
  • Free access to daytime events included in standard admission
  • Loyalty scheme - equivalent to percentage of purchases in the cafés and shops (5% for silver Friends)
  • Invitations to Friends previews
  • Invitation to the Friends Summer Garden Party hosted by the Hon. Nicholas and Mrs Howard
  • Fast track access on Bank Holidays and selected event days
  • A programme of exclusive Friends events, including tours and lectures
  • Exclusive Friends promotions and special offers
  • Friends newsletter and email updates
Gold Friends can also enjoy: 
  • Priority booking for selected events
  • Two free visits to the Yorkshire Arboretum on selected dates
  • Two free boat trips on the Great Lake
  • Discount on selected ticketed events organised by third parties
  • Loyalty scheme - equivalent to percentage of purchases in the cafés and shops (10% for Gold Friends)
  • Free ticket to the Friends Summer Garden Party hosted by the Hon. Nicholas and Mrs Howard

Ryedale District Residents

There is a special Friends offer for our closest neighbours, Ryedale District Residents. Enjoy three free children's passes for every named adult membership purchased. For more information please contact our Membership Team on 01653 648621.


Other Discounts...

We regularly work with third party organisations to offer discounted rates of a Friends of Castle Howard membership. Members of the below organisations are eligible to claim a reduced membership rate;

- Historic Houses Members

- Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Members 

Discount is subject to Terms and Conditions, for more information please call our team on 01653 648621.


Pay by Direct Debit and receive a further 10% off, please contact us directly for more information about setting up a Direct Debit payment.

We greatly appreciate the support we get from all of our members, if you renew you’ll receive further discount on your renewal cost.

Current prices are held until March 2021.

Membership Type  Gold Price Silver Price 
One Named Adult  £85  £55
Two Adults (Either 2 named/1 named + 1 guest)  £160  £100
Family (1 named adult and up to 3 named children)  £125  £85 
Family (2 named/1 named + 1 guest adults and up to 3 named children)  £200  £130
Under 4's  Free  Free
Additional Unnamed Guest Adult  £95  £65
Unnamed Guest Child  £20  £15
Children's tickets apply for those aged 4 to 16

A 12 Months membership at Castle Howard makes the perfect gift for any occasion: a special birthday; Mother's Day or Father's Day; Christmas; or to mark a personal milestone. The recipient receives all the benefits of Castle Howard membership, including free admission to the House and Grounds for a year; plus discounts and exclusive Friends' access and events. To find out more, call our membership team on: 01653 648621
Friends enjoy a programme of exclusive events and activities throughout the year, from a private summer drinks party in the Walled Garden, to Carols in the Chapel at Christmas, and lots more in between!

Coming Up Exclusively for Friends