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Family Visits

Spend happy days exploring magical woodland paths, picnicking by the lake and discovering flowers and wildlife in the Walled Garden.  

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.

Castle Howard's NEW treetop adventure across the dormant water of the Great Lake. A series of ingenious treetop nest structures, connected by rope bridges, slides, nets and climbing equipment suitable for all ages. Skelf Island is included within a gardens admission ticket...

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: We regret that pushchairs are not permitted in the House, but they 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: Our facilities can be found in the House, Lakeside and Courtyard toilets.

The Great Lake Spotters Sheet
Castle Howard Top 10 Tips for Discovering Nature
Mon 17th May 2021 - Sun 31st Oct 2021
Inspired by the successful Bridgerton series 'Regency Episodes from Castle Howard' provides a glimpse into the colourful comings and goings of the Howard family during the early years of the 19th century.
Wed 26th May 2021
Join Castle Howard's Curator, Dr Chris Ridgway, for an exclusive virtual experience behind the scenes from the comfort of your own home!
Thu 27th May 2021
Friends of Castle Howard are invited to attend the launch of our exciting new exhibition, MOTH by Sarah Gillespie.
Sat 29th May 2021 - Sun 5th Sep 2021
British artist, Sarah Gillespie will present 'Moth' at Castle Howard in the Courtyard Gallery.
Sun 30th May 2021
Explore Castle Howard's Grounds at dusk on this expert led walk from Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to learn more about these amazing creatures.
Wed 2nd Jun 2021
Join Yorkshire Wildlife Trust experts to explore the gardens and discover wildlife amongst the hedges, in the treetops and soaring the skies
Fri 4th Jun 2021
Join Castle Howard’s Game Keeper, Clive Harrison and gundog specialist and trainer Amy Bates on a special guided dog walk around the Castle Howard Estate.
Sat 5th Jun 2021
Join Michael McCarthy in the Grecian Hall for a fascinating talk on the moth snowstorm
Sat 5th Jun 2021
Join artist Sarah Gillespie for a fascinating moth trap discovery, admire their astounding detail, learn about their overwhelming importance before watching the release of some caught humanely overnight within Castle Howard's grounds.
Sun 6th Jun 2021 - Sun 6th Jun 2021
Join Story Craft Theatre for a rather special craft and storytelling session in our Walled Garden
Sun 13th Jun 2021
Join Story Craft Theatre for a rather special craft and storytelling session in our Walled Garden
Tue 15th Jun 2021
Join artist Sarah Gillespie, ecologist Alastair Fitter and Patrick Wildgust of Shandy Hall as the three experts discuss the importance of moths.
Wed 16th Jun 2021
Castle Howard have partnered with Adventures for the Soul to offer a unique opportunity to take part in a yoga class and a sensory nature walk in the stunning Castle Howard grounds.
Wed 16th Jun 2021
Castle Howard have partnered with Adventures for the Soul to offer a unique opportunity to take part in a yoga class and a mindful nature walk in the stunning Castle Howard grounds.
Sat 19th Jun 2021
Join artist Sarah Gillespie for a fascinating moth trap discovery, admire their astounding detail, learn about their overwhelming importance before watching the release of some caught humanely overnight within Castle Howard's grounds.
Sun 20th Jun 2021
Join Story Craft Theatre for a rather special craft and storytelling session in our Walled Garden
Sun 20th Jun 2021
The Classic Car & Motor Show offers a spectacular day of motoring heritage ideal for enthusiasts, day trippers and families.
Sun 20th Jun 2021
Castle Howard have partnered with Adventures for the Soul to offer a unique opportunity to celebrate the summer solstice.
Tue 22nd Jun 2021
Join us for an interesting and insightful talk from artist Sarah Gillespie as she explains the process of creating her incredible mezzotints.
Sat 26th Jun 2021
Join artist Sarah Gillespie for a fascinating moth trap discovery, admire their astounding detail, learn about their overwhelming importance before watching the release of some caught humanely overnight within Castle Howard's grounds.
Sun 27th Jun 2021
Join Story Craft Theatre for a rather special craft and storytelling session in our Walled Garden
Fri 2nd Jul 2021
Join Castle Howard’s Game Keeper, Clive Harrison and gundog specialist and trainer Amy Bates on a special guided dog walk around the Castle Howard Estate.
Fri 6th Aug 2021
Join Castle Howard’s Game Keeper, Clive Harrison and gundog specialist and trainer Amy Bates on a special guided dog walk around the Castle Howard Estate.
Fri 20th Aug 2021
The iconic house music brand Café Mambo Ibiza will kick off the Castle Howard Concerts weekend on Friday 20th August 2021.
Sat 21st Aug 2021
Set in the magnificent Gardens of Castle Howard, this spectacular classical concert will be a night to remember for the whole family.
Sun 22nd Aug 2021
A rock and orchestra spectacular - Experience the unforgettable magic of Queen in this epic rock and symphonic spectacular celebrating their greatest hits.
Fri 3rd Sep 2021
Join Castle Howard’s Game Keeper, Clive Harrison and gundog specialist and trainer Amy Bates on a special guided dog walk around the Castle Howard Estate.
Fri 3rd Sep 2021 - Sun 5th Sep 2021
Treat your canine friends to a day out to Castle Howard this September.

Family Fun at Castle Howard