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Family Visits

A visit to Castle Howard is a fantastic way for the whole family to enjoy a day out.

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.


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.

Thu 17th Sep 2020 - Sun 20th Sep 2020
We are delighted to host the World Sheepdog Trials in September 2020.
Sat 22nd Aug 2020
Set in the magnificent Gardens of Castle Howard, this spectacular classical concert will be a night to remember for the whole family.
Sat 25th Jul 2020 - Sun 26th Jul 2020
Join us for a weekend of running, biking and swimming across the grounds of Castle Howard.
Sat 20th Jun 2020
Set within the grounds of Castle Howard, the Father’s Day Classic Car & Motor Show offers a spectacular day of motoring heritage ideal for enthusiasts, day trippers and families.
Sat 6th Jun 2020 - Sun 7th Jun 2020
We welcome The Knights of Royal England for an action packed weekend of spectacular Jousting Tournaments.
Sat 23rd May 2020 - Mon 25th May 2020
Following on from the success of 2019's event, the Traction Engine Rally returns in May 2020.
Fri 8th May 2020 - Sun 10th May 2020
With plenty to entertain all the family, and of course our canine visitors too, join us from 8th-10th May for a packed programme of dog themed events.
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.

Family Fun at Castle Howard