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Welcome

Generations of the Howard family have welcomed visitors to Castle Howard, one of Britain's finest historic houses, for over 300 years and today we extend this warm welcome to you.

Castle Howard is very much a family home, and it is our pleasure to share this magical place with you. We hope you will enjoy your day with us, and take your time to explore every corner of these glorious gardens, the unique and theatrical architecture of the house, the fine art collections and our family memorabilia and stories.

Your support is greatly appreciated: income generated goes directly towards the maintenance and restoration of the house and grounds, securing it for future generations of visitors to enjoy.

"One of the top 10 buildings you must visit in your lifetime" The Telegraph, 2018

Coming up at Castle Howard

Sat 24th Mar 2018 - Tue 31st Dec 2019
This exhibition tells the story of the fire of 1940 and the subsequent restoration, as well as the extraordinary transformation of the derelict rooms into film sets for both the 1981 and 2008 versions of Brideshead Revisited.
Fri 16th Nov 2018
We warmly invite Friends of Castle Howard to an exclusive preview of this year's Christmas decorations, The Twelve Days of Christmas.
Sat 17th Nov 2018 - Fri 21st Dec 2018
Combine your visit to the House and Gardens at Christmas with a Christmas Afternoon Tea in our elegant Grecian Hall.
Sat 17th Nov 2018 - Mon 31st Dec 2018
Enjoy a truly magical day out as Castle Howard is transformed for the festive season. This year's theme 'The 12 Days of Christmas' will see a stunning array of flamboyant displays and installations to surprise and delight visitors of all ages.
Sat 24th Nov 2018 - Sun 23rd Dec 2018
Make Christmas memories that will last a life time with a visit to see Father Christmas at our popular Fireside Audiences
Sat 24th Nov 2018 - Sun 23rd Dec 2018
Add a touch of magic to your Christmas with our exclusive evening with Father Christmas.
Thu 6th Dec 2018
Friends are invited to enjoy a concert of carols by in Castle Howard's beautiful Chapel on Thursday 6th December
Sat 15th Dec 2018 - Sun 16th Dec 2018
Visit on the weekend of the 15th and 16th of December and discover Castle Howard in a new light as night falls.
Fri 25th Jan 2019
Join our Curator Dr Chris Ridgway for a unique glimpse behind the scenes at the House from a completely different and exciting perspective.