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Room Guide

Welcome our visitors and bring Castle Howard's history to life, whilst looking after the house and its contents.

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What is a Room Guide?

Room guides have a vital role to play in the daily operations of Castle Howard. From inspiring visitors with the historical collections within the house and grounds to giving a warm welcome to visitors as they make their way around the house. Room guides will be positioned around the house experiencing each room and learning about the collections. Room guides also play an essential part in safeguarding the collections and artefacts.

Why we want you?

Generations of the Howard family have welcomed visitors to Castle Howard for over 300 years. Our continued efforts to maintain the house, grounds and the historically significant collections have allowed many visitors to experience Castle Howard and its historical value.

We are looking for volunteers who can help with our visitor engagement, from welcoming people on arrival, to inspiring future generations with cultural history. With over 100 volunteers, they are an essential part of operations at Castle Howard and are often the first face visitors will see on their visit. You don’t have to be a history buff, this role will be focused on engaging with our visitors, talking about this fantastic house and the surrounding gardens, and contributing to fantastic visitor experience and satisfaction.


What’s in it for you?

  • You will become part of a friendly and dedicated team
  • Meeting new people from all walks of life and meeting new friends
  • Improving your communication skills
  • Enjoying new experiences and learning something new everyday
  • Supportive training opportunities
  • Opportunities for exclusive access and tours of private collections
  • Access to information and digital guides


What’s involved?

  • Providing a warm, friendly welcome to all visitors as the public face of Castle Howard
  • Sharing stories about the history of the house, family, and collections
  • Helping visitors make the most out of their day by answering questions, providing directions, recommending events or activities
  • Helping visitors access the digital guide
  • Being responsible for the evacuation of visitors in an emergency
  • Helping to protect interiors and collections from damage during open hours

This role will suit people who have an enthusiastic and friendly manner, enjoy meeting new people, enjoy operating as part of a team and who are keen to learn. Historical knowledge or in-depth knowledge of Castle Howard is NOT required for this role.

Garden Assistants

Care for Castle Howard's spectacular gardens and help them to thrive.

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What will I be doing?
Volunteering in the grounds as a Garden Assistant, every day is different and you will be:

  • Helping with garden tasks such as planting, pruning and weeding, to help maintain high standards in the formal ornamental gardens;
  • Contributing to the greater beauty of the grounds, learning about the flora, fauna and history of the landscape;
  • Talking to visitors about the gardens and planting, helping them to make the most out of their time in the gardens and grounds.

When can I volunteer?
Garden Assistants can volunteer with us throughout the year as the grounds are usually open all year. You can volunteer for this role any time between 10-4pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Is this role for me?
You don’t need any specific experience or knowledge for this role. You will enjoy the role if:

  • You like being outside in all weathers;
  • You have an interest in gardening and planting;
  • You want to contribute your time and enthusiasm by helping maintain our gardens and welcoming visitors to the grounds.

Who will be supervising me?
Castle Howard's Head Horticulturist will manage all Gardens volunteers.

What training will I have?All volunteers will be invited to attend an induction session in the house and gardens to familiarise you with the estate, its history and how it operates. In the induction session you will be introduced to the team and shown around the gardens, so you are familiar with where to go. All equipment and uniform will be provided. Throughout your time as a volunteer, you will also have the chance to receive relevant on-the-job training given by members of the Garden team so you can learn more about different aspects of the garden, specific tasks and plant care.


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