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Opening Times and Prices

Castle Howard's Gardens, Grounds and Adventure Playground remain open during the lockdown. We are delighted to confirm that North Yorkshire will be a Tier 2 region following the end of the national lockdown on 2nd December which means our Gardens, Grounds and Adventure Playground can remain open throughout December.and our Father Christmas events can go ahead.

To read our full COVID-19 and Christmas update please click here.

Opening in Tier 2 

Enjoy a winter walk in the Gardens and Grounds, and marvel at the 30foot outdoor Christmas tree and sparkling tree lined drive. Let off steam with the little ones at the Adventure Playground. Our outdoor spaces will remain open daily 10am – 3pm last entry, with a members hour 9am – 10am (other than Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).

Join us for some festive late night shopping and eating in the Courtyard with new extended opening hours this winter. Our Farm Shop and Carriage House Gift Shop will open 10am – 7pm daily from 4th – 23rd December (except Monday 7th and 14th December). Pick up everything you need for your Christmas dinner or pre-order top quality meats from the butchery and deli. With a great range of gifts and decorations you could get your shopping list sorted in one visit.

Pick the perfect tree from our Garden Centre which will open 10am, and remain open until 6pm daily (except Monday 7th and 14th December). The Plant Centre is fully stocked with wreaths, house plans, gifts for gardeners and some special dog pressies.

Wood Fired Pizza, Hot Dogs, Hot Chocolate, Mulled Wine and Marshmallow Toasting will be available from our pop up trailers in the Courtyard every evening that we have Father Christmas events running. We’ll have outdoor and indoor seating available so that you can have your tea before or after visiting Father Christmas. Our take away coffee shops at the Courtyard and Boathouse will be open daily and at the weekends our pop up trailers will be serving pizza at the Playground.

The House Gift Shop will be open on weekends and school holiday days from 5th – 23rd December.

The toilets in the Courtyard and Boathouse and are open, including the accessible toilet and the baby changing facility. We ask that visitors take responsibility for social distancing within the toilet facilities. You will see additional hand wash and hand sanitiser stations around the site, which we encourage you to use.

Please pre-book an arrival slot below

We have moved to an entirely online booking function so that we can manage the capacity of visitors coming through the Courtyard and therefore maintain social distancing.

Book an arrival slot and then enjoy the Gardens for the rest of the day. The Gardens close at 4pm.

If you happen to be running late or early, your booking will still be valid so there is no need to re-book.

You will receive a 6 digit booking reference at the end of the booking process, this is all you need when you arrive at the Ticket Office.

Gardens Ticket

For all visitors of Castle Howard excluding Friends of Castle Howard. This ticket includes access to Skelf Island Adventure Playground.

Members of our affiliate schemes, such as Yorkshire's Great Houses, Castles and Gardens and MAX card holders should select this ticket to book their visit to the Castle Howard Gardens.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak all visitors must pre-book an arrival time slot to visit us. Please click 'Book Now' to select your arrival time.

Price
Adult
£9.95
Concession
£9.00
Child (4 - 16)
£7.95
Family (2 adults, up to 3 children)
£28.00
Family (1 adult, up to 3 children)
£18.00
Under 4's (no need to pre-book)
Free
AFFILIATE MEMBERSHIP SCHEMES: Yorkshire's Great Houses, Castles & Gardens - 1 family (2 adults, up to 3 children) per card. MAX Card - 1 adult, up to 3 child per card
Friends of Castle Howard Gardens Ticket

This ticket is for Friends of Castle Howard only and includes access to Skelf Island Adventure Playground.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak all Friends of Castle Howard must pre-book an arrival time slot to visit us.

Visits to the gardens are included within your membership, please click 'Book Now' to select your arrival time. 

Please enter your full membership number as it appears on your membership card when prompted (including 'MEM' if applicable).

Price
Friends of Castle Howard
Included in your membership

Concession Tickets

Concession tickets apply to students, registered disabled and anyone aged 60 or over. Concession tickets are available on Gardens tickets only.

Historic Houses

Castle Howard regrets to say that following discussions with Historic Houses, and given the exceptional current circumstances, it has not proved possible to continue the membership access scheme for the gardens and house.

Track and Trace

Government COVID 19 guidance states that all attractions must keep a record for 21 days of who is on site. This is in case it is needed for NHS Track and Trace purposes.

This record will be held confidentially then securely disposed of. We are committed to keeping your personal information secure. We will never use it for any other purpose without your permission or share it with other organisations for marketing purposes.

Please click on the links below if you would like to read our COVID-19 Risk Assessment or Visitor Code of Conduct

Visitor Code of Conduct

COVID-19 Risk Assessment

Coming up at Castle Howard

Fri 4th Dec 2020 - Wed 23rd Dec 2020
Add a touch of extra magic to your Christmas and enjoy and exclusive audience with Father Christmas.
Fri 4th Dec 2020 - Wed 23rd Dec 2020
Come and join us for a magical storytelling event here in the historic Courtyard of Castle Howard.
Sat 5th Dec 2020 - Sun 6th Dec 2020
Santa will be making a visit to see your four legged friends at the Garden Centre on Saturday 5th, Sunday 6th, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th December.
Sat 12th Dec 2020 - Sun 13th Dec 2020
Santa will be making a visit to see your four legged friends at the Garden Centre on Saturday 5th, Sunday 6th, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th December.