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Friends of Castle Howard

Enjoy 12 months 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. 

 We have moved to an entirely online booking function so that we can manage the capacity of visitors coming through the Courtyard, therefore maintaining social distancing and importantly so that you can enter through the ticket office and self scan your booking barcode. We feel it is very important to be able to monitor and manage visitor numbers during this time. All Friends of Castle Howard must pre-book an arrival time slot to visit us. To book your visit, please click below.

For any queries around membership, including booking, renewal, access and new purchases, please use the contact details below. 
Direct Telephone +44 (0)1653 648621
Mobile +44(0)7816 150657
Email [email protected]
Switchboard +44 (0)1653 648444
Friends of Castle Howard Gardens Ticket

This ticket is for Friends of Castle Howard only and includes access to Skelf Island Adventure Playground.

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

Visits to the gardens are included within your membership, please click 'Book Now' to select your arrival time. 

Please enter your full membership number as it appears on your membership card when prompted (including 'MEM' if applicable).

Due to the recent Government Guidelines we politely ask you to book no more than 6 people in a party (unless your household or support bubble is more than 6 people).

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, fore 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 1st July 2020.

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