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Temples & Monuments

Statues, temples and follies dot the grounds and gardens of Castle Howard. Explore and discover an impressive array of figures and breathtaking views.


The Mausoleum, Pyramid and New River Bridge draw the eye across the rolling Howardian Hills, while the Temple of the Four Winds provides breathtaking views across the impressive landscape.


Bought in the 18th century by the 3rd Earl and restored in 1995, 18 lead figures sit amongst the gardens. Highlights include Apollo sitting on his stone plinth carved with a mountain scene at the end the lime walk and The Shepherd Boy, tucked away in a tranquil spot below the South Lake cascade.


The Mausoleum rises 90 feet into the air and is supported by a colonnade of 20 pillars. Designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor, it is one the finest free-standing mausoleums in northern Europe.

Building began in 1729 but  was not completed until after the deaths of both Hawskmoor and the 3rd Earl, who was originally buried in the local parish church and re-interred in the mausoleum six years later.

Still the private burial place of the Howard family and nearly one mile from the house, the Mausoleum is not accessible during a visit. However, it is easy to see from the waterfall at Temple Basin and the curatorial team does lead special visits for the public.

Temple of the Four Winds

The Temple of the Four Winds lies at the eastern end of Temple Terrace, commanding stunning views across the hills

It was designed by Vanbrugh but remained unfinished at the time of his death in 1726; the interiors were finally decorated in 1738 by the stuccoist Francesco Vassalli.

The temple was originally used as a place for refreshment and reading, beneath it is a cellar where servants prepared the food they served to the family above.

Temples & Monuments Gallery