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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.

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.

Castle Howard’s Adventure Playground is packed with swings, slides, towers and bridges for a high energy burst of activity.
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...
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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: 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.

Sat 6th Jun 2020 - Sun 7th Jun 2020
We welcome The Knights of Royal England for an action packed weekend of spectacular Jousting Tournaments.
Wed 10th Jun 2020
New for 2020! Experience the romance of our 18th-century landscape whilst taking in some of the more mysterious monuments around the Estate. Castle Howard is home to many Pyramids and now is your chance to discover them for yourself!
Sun 21st 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 27th Jun 2020 - Sun 28th Jun 2020
As Evelyn Waugh’s seminal novel turns 75, we invite you for a celebration of this masterpiece of 20th century fiction and screen. Featuring a stellar line up of writers, biographers, leading actors and crew, and including screenings, discussion panels, performances and exclusive tours, The Brideshead Festival will be a weekend like no other.
Wed 15th Jul 2020
Explore the Castle Howard grounds on this guided walking tour across the Estate to the family Mausoleum. This world famous building is rarely accessible to the public, but here's your chance to see inside!
Fri 24th Jul 2020 - Sun 26th Jul 2020
Join us for a weekend of movie magic as we settle down to outdoor screenings of three huge movies.
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 15th Aug 2020
Explore the Castle Howard grounds on this guided walking tour across the Estate to the family Mausoleum. This world famous building is rarely accessible to the public, but here's your chance to see inside!
Fri 21st Aug 2020
The iconic house music brand Café Mambo Ibiza will kick off the Castle Howard Concerts weekend on Friday 21st August 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.
Sun 23rd Aug 2020
A rock and orchestra spectacular - Experience the unforgettable magic of Queen in this epic rock and symphonic spectacular celebrating their greatest hits.
Sat 5th Sep 2020 - Sun 6th Sep 2020
Spartan Race, the world's leading obstacle race brand, is heading to Yorkshire for the first time ever!
Sun 13th Sep 2020
Join us on Sunday 13th September to experience a gathering of Sports and Supercars like no other, including the McLaren, TVR, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati!
Thu 17th Sep 2020 - Sun 20th Sep 2020
We are delighted to host the World Sheepdog Trials in September 2020.
Thu 1st Oct 2020
Join our Curators as they uncover the Castle Howard's connection with the Pre-Raphaelite Movement. Learn how close relationships between the Howard Family and artists such as William Morris & Edward Burne-Jones developed, and also a chance to view some of their truly breathtaking works of art that found their way into the Howard Family collection.
Sun 4th Oct 2020
Memory Walk is coming to Castle Howard for the first time this October - with every step you will help change the lives of people affected by dementia – now and in the future.

Family Fun at Castle Howard