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Family Visits

A visit to Castle Howard is a fantastic way for the whole family to enjoy a day out.
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Spend happy days exploring magical woodland paths, picnicking by the lake and discovering flowers and wildlife in the Walled Garden.

Discover the House and Grounds with the help of Geoffrey the Lion’s illustrated trails including a spotter sheet to help you identify items in the House, a woodland trail in the grounds, and puzzles.

Ride the land train through the grounds to the lakeside play area and let off steam on the swings, slides, towers and bridges of the high-energy Adventure Playground.

The nearby Boathouse Café serves snacks and drinks and you are welcome to enjoy your own picnic at the tables by the playground. Enjoy an ice cream from the kiosk or a sweet treat from the Coffee Shop in our Stable Courtyard. Alternatively, pick up a ready prepared lunch box from the house Fitzroy Restaurant or choose from the children's menu at our Courtyard Café.

With special events during the school holidays and bank holidays, there's always something new to enjoy to keep all the family entertained.

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Practical Information

Bikes and scooters: We regret that bikes, children's scooters, or other similar ‘transport’ toys are not allowed in the grounds due to the amount of Estate traffic and pedestrian visitors on the drive and around walkways and paths.

Pushchairs are not permitted in the House, but can be stored in a pushchair holding area in the House Entrance. 'Hip-seats' can be borrowed to assist in carrying children (6 months - 3 years old) through the house.

Baby-changing facilities can be found in the House, Lakeside and Courtyard toilets.

Sat 16th Nov 2019 - Sun 5th Jan 2020
Creative Designer, Charlotte Lloyd Webber and her team are back for another year with a theme of A Christmas Masquerade.
Sat 16th Nov 2019 - Fri 13th Dec 2019
Indulge in a delicious Christmas Afternoon Tea, featuring a variety of delicate festive treats made using the highest quality local produce.
Thu 26th Sep 2019 - Sun 29th Sep 2019
Join us as we celebrate harvest at Castle Howard. With a flower festival inside the House and outdoor activities to complement the harvest celebration this is sure to be a day out for the whole family to enjoy.
Thu 15th Aug 2019 - Sun 18th Aug 2019
Castle Howard will host the first Countryfile Live event to be held in the North, taking place from 15 – 18 August 2019.
Sun 4th Aug 2019
Castle Howard welcomes one of the biggest names in Pop! Ronan Keating follows the spectacular Castle Howard Proms concert creating a weekend of musical entertainment like no other.
Fri 26th Jul 2019 - Sun 28th Jul 2019
The Luna Cinema and Castle Howard present three magical outdoor screenings of A Star is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody and The Greatest Showman.
Wed 26th Jun 2019 - Sun 30th Jun 2019
The Oxford Shakespeare Company & Lamplighter Drama present Emily Brontë's 'Wuthering Heights', performed live in the Gardens of Castle Howard.
Sat 8th Jun 2019 - Sun 9th Jun 2019
We welcome The Knights of Royal England for an action packed weekend of spectacular Jousting Tournaments.
Sat 25th May 2019 - Mon 27th May 2019
Join us for an exciting show for the whole family...

Family Fun at Castle Howard