Photo: Richard Croft

One of Britain’s, if not the world’s, most beautiful and grandest mansion houses.  Castle Howard remains a private residence to this day and has been in the Howard family for more than 300 years. Most of the castle was built between 1699 and 1712 for the 3rd Earl of Carlisle, Charles Howard, but in total, Castle Howard took more than 100 years to fully complete, and on seeing its grandeur one immediately understands why.

A tour of the house will lead visitors through the Grand Staircase and China Landing where portraits of the first six Earl’s of Carlisle hang, alongside Countesses a china-cabinet housing 300 pieces of Meissen, Sevres and Chelsea porcelain. Follow through to Lady Georgiana’s Bedroom and Dressing Room, and onto the antique passage and the Great Hall. The Great Hall is considered Castle Howard’s masterpiece, crowned, on the outside, by the 70 foot high dome giving Castle Howard a unique silhouette and fantastically theatrical space on the inside. Although catastrophically destroyed in a fire in 1940, rendering original frescoes lost forever, it has been beautifully rebuilt, and cracks in the floor where the debris cascaded to the ground can still be seen.

With seasonal events as well as daily tours, the Howards welcome you to their family home, to admire and appreciate one of England’s finest residences.


North Yorkshire, York, YO60 7DA
Tel: 01653 648333
Times: Low Season (Grounds, Playground, Shops, Cafés only), daily, 10am – 4pm
High Season (includes House), daily, 11am – 4pm