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Curator Walks & Talks

The best way to experience the extensive Castle Howard landscape is to walk through it.
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The route between the Temple , Mausoleum, Pyramid , Mock Fortifications, Gate House and Avenue is full of dramatic surprises. With each step you not only travel through the landscape, but also journey back in time to the early 18th century when the grounds were first fashioned, and on to later eras when these features were changed or restored.

Mausoleum Tours

The Castle Howard Mausoleum is still the private burial place of the Howard family. Groups with a special interest can visit the Mausoleum by prior appointment. All requests must be made in writing and all visits to the Mausoleum have to be made in the company of a member of the Castle Howard staff.

It is sometimes possible to accommodate visits at weekends, but normally visits take place between Monday and Friday. The entire tour takes approximately 2.5 hours and visitors are advised to wear sensible footwear, as the terrain is uneven in parts. Photography is permitted for private use only.

Wider Landscape Tours

This circuit walk covers the heart of the famous 18th-century landscape, taking in the Avenue, Gate House, Mock Fortifications, Pyramid , Mausoleum and Temple of the Four Winds, with exclusive access to these buildings.

It is sometimes possible to accommodate visits at weekends, but normally visits take place between Monday and Friday. The entire tour takes approximately 3.5 hours and visitors are advised to wear sensible footwear, as the terrain is uneven in parts. Photography is permitted for private use only.

To discuss a tour please telephone Group Reservations on 01653 648621, or email [email protected]castlehoward.co.uk

Please note all tours can be combined with a visit to the house and grounds, with private dining options available.