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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.

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.
Sat 3rd Aug 2019
Set in the magnificent Gardens of Castle Howard, this spectacular classical concert will be a night to remember for the whole family.
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...
Sat 4th May 2019 - Mon 6th May 2019
With plenty to entertain all the family, and of course our canine visitors too, join us from 4th-6th May for a packed programme of dog themed events.
Sat 13th Apr 2019 - Sun 28th Apr 2019
Keep the whole family entertained with an Easter Egg Hunt around the grounds of Castle Howard.
Sat 30th Mar 2019 - Sun 31st Mar 2019
Celebrate Mother's Day in style by indulging in a unique Afternoon Tea experience in our elegant Grecian Hall.
Fri 2nd Nov 2018
As we recognise the centenary of the end of the Great War, join us for the closing night of our 'Duty Calls' exhibition with access to new archive material and fantastic live musical performances by Jessa Liversidge.

Family Fun at Castle Howard