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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 are delighted that following recent government guidance we have been able to bring forward our plans for safely re-opening the Gardens of Castle Howard, and we will be doing this in the first instance for Members only, commencing Wednesday 3rd June, and then for all visitors from Monday 8th June. We cannot thank you enough for staying with us during the last three months of closure, your support is invaluable to the continued upkeep and running of the Estate, and we are truly grateful. 

 We are moving 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 numbers during this first easing of restrictions, and to ensure public safety. All Friends of Castle Howard must pre-book an arrival time slot to visit us, of which are available from 10am until 4.30pm daily. Visits to the gardens are included within your membership. 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


Members Timed Gardens Admission

Explore 1,000 acres of parkland with meandering woodland paths, lakeside terraces, temples, fountains and the Walled Garden: beautiful at any time of year.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak all Friends of Castle Howard must pre-book an arrival time slot to visit us. Arrival slots are available from 10am until 4.30pm daily. Visits to the gardens are included within your membership, please click 'Book Now' to select your arrival time. 

 

 

 

Price
Adult
Free to Members
Concession
Free to Members
Child (4 - 16)
Free to Members
Under 4 (no need to prebook arrival slot)
Free
2020 Gardens Ticket

Explore 1,000 acres of parkland with meandering woodland paths, lakeside terraces, temples, fountains and the Walled Garden: beautiful at any time of year. Please Note. Skelf Island Adventure Playground is currently closed due to COVID-19. 

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak all visitors must pre-book an arrival time slot to visit us. Arrival slots are available from 10am until 4.30pm daily. Please click 'Book Now' to select your arrival time.

This ticket is valid for one visit between Monday 8th June to Sunday 1st November 2020.

Price
Adult
£12.95
Concession
£12.00
Child (4 - 16)
£8.50
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children)
£34.50
Family (1 adult and up to 3 children)
£21.50
Under 4
Free
Please select the day of visit when purchasing your tickets.
Affiliate Membership Schemes

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak all visitors must pre-book an arrival time slot to visit us, including visitors with affiliate membership scheme cards (Historic Houses, Yorkshire's Great Houses, Castles and Gardens or MAX Cards).

Admission varies depending on the terms and conditions of the affiliate membership scheme, please see below. Membership cards must be shown at the Ticket Office upon arrival, we regret that we cannot permit access without a valid membership card.

Price
Historic Houses
1 person per card
Yorkshire's Great Houses, Castles and Gardens
1 family (2 adults, up to 3 children) per card
MAX Card
1 adult, up to 3 children
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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, including Castle Howard Flower Festival and Christmas
  • 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
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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

Members of the HH can also enjoy one free visit to Castle Howard annually (as per the terms and conditions listed on the HH website).

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

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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