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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
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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.
Sat 29th May 2021 - Sun 5th Sep 2021
British artist, Sarah Gillespie will present 'Moth' at Castle Howard in the Courtyard Gallery.
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.
Thu 12th Aug 2021
PE with Joe Wicks is coming live to Castle Howard this August with all proceeds going to BBC Children In Need.
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 - Sun 5th Sep 2021
Treat your canine friends to a day out to Castle Howard this September.
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 24th Sep 2021 - Sun 26th Sep 2021
Join us for a weekend of movie magic as we settle down to outdoor screenings of six huge movies.
Sat 13th Nov 2021 - Mon 3rd Jan 2022
Step through the wardrobe into a magical adventure this festive season. The grand interiors of Castle Howard will be lavishly decorated evoking all that we love about this time of year.
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.

Family Fun at Castle Howard