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Frequently Asked Questions

Important answers to your Group Visit Questions
What is the minimum group size?

Group rates and packages apply for groups of 12 and over.

Do you offer free places?

Entry is free of charge for the group leader and the coach driver, we also provide your driver with a refreshment voucher.

How do I book my visit?

To make a booking, just get in touch with our Group Reservations team ( They can advise on the best options to suit your group and answer any questions you may have.

Is there coach parking nearby?

Coaches are welcome to drop off outside the Stable Courtyard on none event days, before parking in our designated coach park just a short walk away. Coach parking is free of charge. 

When is payment due?

Payment is due on the date of your visit, and can be made by cash or debit/credit card. We accept payment by cheque made payable to ‘Castle Howard Estate Ltd" however cleared funds much reach our account prior to arrival of the group. Invoicing is available by prior arrangement. A non-refundable deposit of £50 is required for private group tours and a non-refundable 10% deposit for group catering.

Can we stop off for lunch / driving breaks?

Yes. Castle Howard is a great spot for a meal or comfort break, conveniently located between York, the North York Moors and the coast. There is no charge to visit our Stable Courtyard, with its café, toilets, Farm Shop, Gift Shop, Coffee Shop and Garden Centre. We can also arrange a special lunch or afternoon tea, to help you fit as much into your itinerary as possible.