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Exhibition: Castle Howard on Screen
From Brideshead to Bridgerton

1 May to 30 Oct 2022

Entry included in House ticket price

A new exhibition at Castle Howard explores the house’s remarkable cinematic heritage, spanning over half a century of classic film and television. Discover the history of film and television productions at Castle Howard and see the costumes used in Brideshead Revisited, Lady L, Victoria and many more.

The exhibition is included in your House ticket and runs until the end of October.

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Saving the House

A devastating fire in 1940 prompted George Howard to open the family home to film crews, becoming one of the first private country house owners to understand the potential of seeing the Estate on screen. Raising awareness and bringing in essential funding, the projects helped to accelerate the mammoth task of restoring the badly damaged House.

On the big and small screen

The first major production was Lady L in 1965, starring Sophia Loren, and Stanley Kubrick’ celebrated classic Barry Lyndon filmed on the Estate in 1975. It was the hugely popular Brideshead Revisited television series in 1981 that really put Castle Howard on the map, linking the House and story so completely that the 2008 film adaptation returned to the House and Grounds.

Filming Bridgerton

In 2020 Castle Howard played a key role in Netflix’s lavish period drama Bridgerton, doubling for the fictional Clyvedon Castle. These major productions continue to help fund the restoration and development of Castle Howard and bring the House and Grounds to the attention of thousands of viewers around the world.

Behind-the-scenes of The Courtship

When US reality TV producers needed a location to perfectly represent classic period romances, Castle Howard was the natural choice. 2022’s The Courtship made extensive use of the House and Grounds to recreate Regency-era Britain.

 

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Beyond the exhibition, you can step into your favourite television show and movies by further exploring the House and Grounds:

  • Be swept up in the dramatic North Front approach to the House used in episode 6 of Bridgerton.
  • Take a walk by the iconic fountain used in Brideshead Revisited, following in the footsteps of actors Jeremy Irons and Ben Whishaw.
    Tour the Garden Hall and High Saloon, beautiful rooms that were restored as part of the separate productions of Brideshead Revisited in 1981 and 2008.
  • Walk the Grounds seen in Barry Lyndon, Bridgerton and The Courtship, with over 1,000 acres of parkland to explore, nestled in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Castle Howard on Screen exhibition is included in your House ticket and runs until the end of October.

Buy tickets