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May at Castle Howard

Enjoy a fantastic family day out this May at Castle Howard. Get closer to nature during May Half Term, with bug hotel building, mud pie making and searching for minibeasts; stroll through our tranquil Gardens; immerse yourself in our first ever contemporary sculpture exhibition; and visit the House for inspiring interiors and 300 years of history.

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Join us throughout May half term for a marvelous Minibeast adventure at Skelf Island Adventure Playground. Learn all about our impressive invertebrates with daily activities, including bug hunts, mud pie making, plus you can help us to build our very own Castle Howard bug hotel.
From the striking rhododendron collection found in Ray Wood, the ornamental woodland in Castle Howard’s Grounds, to our impeccable Walled Garden, there’s so much to see and explore during May, making for a truly wonderful backdrop to your walk.
Castle Howard has been home to the Howard family for more than 300 years. Explore extraordinary architecture and beautiful interiors when you visit the House, including the Great Hall which rises 70 feet into the air.
Enjoy our new contemporary sculpture exhibition, set against the backdrop of our beautiful Gardens and landscapes, and inside the magnificent House by renowned artist Sir Tony Cragg. Viewing the sculptures is included in Admission. Children can enjoy a creative art trail around the Grounds as part of the exhibition.

Make memories in May and take advantage of our new £65 Family Ticket, which includes House and Gardens admission for two adults and two children.

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