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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.

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Sat 13th Nov 2021 - Sun 2nd Jan 2022
Step through the wardrobe into an enchanting adventure this festive season. An icy spell has been cast on this mystical land where it is always winter. Twilight is one of the most magical times to visit us and see Castle Howard transformed. Icy twinkling lights at dusk, sparkling trees against the dark sky, and an indulgent winter warmer in our cafés, all make your Christmas visit that bit more special.
Sat 13th Nov 2021 - Sun 2nd Jan 2022
After journeying through Narnia, there is no better way to end your visit than with our festive, themed Afternoon Tea.
Fri 3rd Dec 2021 - Thu 23rd Dec 2021
Add a touch of extra magic to your Christmas and enjoy and exclusive audience with Father Christmas.
Sat 4th Dec 2021 - Thu 23rd Dec 2021
Enjoy a magical story with Father Christmas and friends this year. All within the festive setting of Castle Howard's Courtyard Grotto.

Family Fun at Castle Howard