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  • Address: Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA, England
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Castle Howard Tours

Castle Howard is one of Britain’s grandest stately homes. Built over the course of 100 years and still home to the Howard family, the castle was famously used as a filming location for Brideshead Revisited. Its 1,000 acres (405 hectares) of elegant grounds are located in the Howardian Hills—an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
 
The Basics
Highlights of the spectacular Castle Howard include the Walled Garden, Woodland Garden, and Atlas Fountain, plus its mausoleum and Temple of the Four Winds. The simplest way to visit Castle Howard, located as it is in the countryside, is on a guided tour; group coach tours and private driving tours of the region both offer a seamless way to explore. If you are visiting independently, you can wander the castle on your own or get a more comprehensive experience by joining one of Castle Howard’s two guided, late-afternoon tours offered daily from March to early November. Private tours should be booked in advance. 
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Castle Howard is the perfect destination for history buffs, architecture lovers, and garden enthusiasts.
  • The grounds host a number of cafés and restaurants, including the elegant Fitzroy Restaurant and the Boathouse Café.
  • On sunny summer days, you can embark on a boat tour of the Great Lake.
  • The castle hosts a number of temporary exhibitions, plus a series of talks and other special events.
  • Most of the house and grounds are accessible to wheelchair users. Manual wheelchairs are available to borrow at the ticket office or house entrance.
 
How to Get There
Castle Howard is located just 15 miles (24 kilometers) northwest of York, amidst the rolling Howardian Hills. Guided tours from York offer the easiest way to access the landmark; if driving yourself, take the A64. Bus 181 runs from York to Castle Howard four times daily.

When to Get There
Castle Howard is open to the public daily from late March through early November; the ticket office opens at 10am, with first entry to the castle at 10:30am and last entry at 3pm. The sprawling grounds are open 10am to 5pm year-round. Castle Howard is also open from late November until December 31 (except December 24 through 26) for an array of holiday activities including live music and entertainment, festive decorations, and market stalls.
 
Castle Howard and Brideshead Revisited
Beyond its glamour and wealth of history, Castle Howard also has a cinematic side. The landmark was used as a filming location for both the television and movie adaptations of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited.

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North Yorkshire Moors and Castle Howard Day Tour From York, York, null
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North Yorkshire Moors and Castle Howard Day Tour From York

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Explore the famous area or the North York Moors National Park. Famed for the largest area of heather moorland in England, there is much more than meets the ...  Read more

Location: York, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $62.23
Castle Howard and Fountains Abbey Private Day Trip from York, York, Day Trips
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Castle Howard and Fountains Abbey Private Day Trip from York

Discover two of Yorkshire’s finest attractions on this flexible private tour from York. Travel by spacious and comfortable luxury executive car, with pick up ...  Read more

Location: York, United Kingdom
Duration: Flexible

From USD $461.74
The York Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, York, Private Sightseeing Tours
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The York Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Enjoy free entry to 30 top York attractions with the York Pass, a flexible sightseeing pass that allows you to visit the sites that interest you most. Entrance ...  Read more

Location: York, United Kingdom
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Castle Howard - The Finest Stately Home in Yorkshire, York, Sightseeing Passes
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Castle Howard - The Finest Stately Home in Yorkshire

A private guided tour to not just the finest stately home in Yorkshire but one of the very best in Britain. Castle Howard remains a private home to an ...  Read more

Location: York, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $301.13
Castle Howard and Fountains Abbey day trip from York, York, Cultural Tours
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Castle Howard and Fountains Abbey day trip from York

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Discover two of Yorkshire’s finest attractions on grand tour from York. On this small-group tour from York you’ll spend an unforgettable day visiting Fountains ...  Read more

Location: York, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $56.21
The Castle Howard Tour, York, Full-day Tours
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The Castle Howard Tour

This half-day trip from York to Castle Howard is the best way to explore Yorkshire's finest stately home. Travelling by minibus or mini-coach, this superb tour ...  Read more

Location: York, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $30.78

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