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Castle Howard

York, Yorkshire

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The construction of Castle Howard took more than 100 years before it was said to be finally completed, however it has continually changed overtime. A dramatic fire in 1940 destroyed the dome and nearly 20 rooms and for a few years it was open to the elements. An 18th century palace sitting within 1000 acres of gardens.

On your walk around the house you get to see bedrooms, the Long Gallery, a chapel as well as collections of paintings, porcelain, statuary and furniture. It opens at 11am and last admission is at 4pm.

As well as the house there are also Gardens dotted with temples, lakes and fountains. The fountains operate daily from 10.30am to 4pm although may not operate if water levels are not right.

  John Nicholson

Castle Howard has it's own reservoir to provide water through two sets of cast-iron pipes to provide enough power for the jets of the Atlas Fountain and the main jet of the Prince of Wales Fountain to a height of 40-45 feet. There are also cascades, and waterfalls.

From the gardens you can get views of the North York Moors and Yorkshire Wolds. There is an 18th century walled garden with collections of roses and borders as well as an ornamental vegetable garden. There is also a plant centre and tea shop.

Snake like paths lead you through Ray Wood, a woodland of trees and shrubs including seasonal displays of rhododendrons, magnolias and azaleas.


Location: Castle Howard, York, North Yorkshire

Grid Reference: SE720702 Ceremonial County: Yorkshire

Map Link: Multimap

Aerial photo: Google Aerial Photo

Getting there: From the A1 take the A61 to Thirsk then the A170 to Helmsley. Just before Helmsley take the B1257 and follow the brown signs.

Access: Wheelchairs can access all areas of the house except the chapel and first floor of the exhibition wing. All public rooms access is by wheelchair lift. Garden paths and entrances are ramped for easy access.
Website: http://www.castlehoward.co.uk/metadot/index.pl
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Email: house@castlehoward.co.uk
Address: Castle Howard Estate Ltd, Estate Office, Castle Howard, York, North Yorkshire
Postcode: YO60 7DA Telephone: 01653 648 444
Opening Times: House Open 1st March to 2nd November and 29th Nov to 21st Dec from 11am daily. Last admission 4pm. Gardens open daily all year except Christmas Day from 10am to 6.30pm (dusk in winter).

Charges: When house is open Adult 10.50; Child 6.50; Concession 9.50; Family 27.50

Gardens only Adult 8.00; child 5.00; Concession 7.50; Family 21

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Notes: Photography is allowed in house and gardens. No tripods in house and in consideration to other visitors would prefer you not to use flash.

Dogs on leads are welcome in the grounds. Only assistance dogs allowed in house.

Pushchairs not allowed in house.


CIN Page Ref: castle_howard

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Date Updated: 06/2008


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