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Art and History Tours and Events

Discover over 300 years of history and enjoy a unique insight into Castle Howard with a series of talks, tours, and behind-the-scenes events led by Castle Howard's Curators.

If you have ever wondered why the landscape of Castle Howard features architecture inspired by ancient Egypt, why not join this walking tour to discover more? Along the way the tour will take in the Avenue, exterior of the Gatehouse, and Medieval-style walls, before giving visitors the rare opportunity to go inside the Pyramid.
Join our curatorial team for this walking tour through the landscape of Castle Howard, including the Temple of the Four Winds, and the Howard family's private Mausoleum, with exclusive access to the spectacular Chapel and Vaults below. Return to the House for a glass of Nyetimber English Sparkling Wine and canapés, and a chance to enjoy amazing views of the Estate in the midsummer twilight.
Join our Curators for a rare opportunity to go behind the crimson ropes, and discover some of the fascinating secrets of Castle Howard, not normally on display to the public. This tour will take you from the very top, to the very bottom of the building. Taking in hidden views as you learn some of the many fantastic stories from Castle Howard's 300 year history.
Why not make the most of your visit to Castle Howard by enjoying a rare chance to visit the spectacular 18th century Mausoleum, described as one of the finest buildings of its kind in northern Europe. These experiences give a rare opportunity for visitors to enjoy private areas of the Estate on foot, walking through over 300 years of history in our spectacular 18th-century landscape.
Join the Curatorial team and trace the development of the building, from the early intentions to later interventions. This exploration of the house, its designers, and its details will present Castle Howard in a unique way as it was intended to be viewed by 18th century visitors.
Join the curatorial team for a special in-depth exploration of individual objects from the Castle Howard collection. Reflecting their personal choice, each member of the team will choose a single item, and present it away from its historical setting.