Home Newsletter Locations Diary
Topic Alpha County Sections By

Travellers Resource

Castle Howard

York, Yorkshire

Quick Guide
See below grid for details

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
Other Useful Websites:
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

Nearby Locations:
Other Location Pages:

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


Date Updated: 06/2008

This page is a Quick Guide, the idea of Quick Guides is to allow very basic information and linking forward information to be added to the system rather than having to wait until a full location guide has been developed. It should therefore be considered a development stage rather than a finished objective. Once more information is known the objective is to create either a Location or Featured Location page which has two grids and far more information.

Please let us know any other information that we can add to the Further information and Planning Grids or page and any errors that you discover. Before making a long trip to any location it is always wise to double check the current information, websites like magazines may be correct at the time the information is written, but things change and it is of course impossible to double check all entries on a regular basis. If you have any good photographs that you feel would improve the illustration of this page then please let us have copies. In referring to this page it is helpful if you quote the CIN Page Ref at the bottom of the Planning Grid above. To print the planning grid select it then right click and print the selected area.

Please submit information on locations you discover so that this system continues to grow.


This page:

Link directly to this page, with text or the button on right.

Text linking: Castle Howard  on Photographers Resource

Linking Instructions