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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 17th Nov 2018 - Fri 21st Dec 2018
Combine your visit to the House and Gardens at Christmas with a Christmas Afternoon Tea in our elegant Grecian Hall.
Sat 17th Nov 2018 - Mon 31st Dec 2018
Enjoy a truly magical day out as Castle Howard is transformed for the festive season. This year's theme 'The 12 Days of Christmas' will see a stunning array of flamboyant displays and installations to surprise and delight visitors of all ages.
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.
Sat 27th Oct 2018 - Sun 4th Nov 2018
Join us at Castle Howard this October half term for a Halloween experience like no other...
Sun 19th Aug 2018
Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey Virtue form Britain's biggest reggae band UB40 and they will be live at Castle Howard this summer.
Sat 18th Aug 2018
Set in the magnificent Gardens of Castle Howard, the spectacular classical concert will be a night to remember for the whole family.
Tue 14th Aug 2018
Castle Howard's unique collection contains items dating back thousands of years. From priceless art to ancient artefacts and documents from across the globe. A rare chance to get up close and personal with items from the Castle Howard collection.
Sat 11th Aug 2018 - Sun 12th Aug 2018
Join us on the 11th & 12th August for a packed programme of dog themed events.

Family Fun at Castle Howard