Castle Howard
Castle Howard
4.5
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Castle Howard is one of England's finest historic houses, set in a thousand acres of sweeping parkland dotted with statues, temples, lakes and fountains. Inside discover world-renowned collections gathered by succeeding generations of the Howard family. Built over 300 years ago, today it still remains a family home.
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  • Carrie
    17 contributions
    Gorgeous house, but don't book the workshop
    Lovely day. House stunning, grounds beautiful. Courtyard cafe food fabulous. Such a shame about the Easter chocolate workshop. £40 to make 2 Easter bunnies. Experience lasted 40 mins at most. So much for learning about chocolate tempering, this involved a boots hairdryer to melt choc, pour in a small mould and sprinkle with marshmallows and sprinkles. Learnt nothing and wish we'd saved the money to spend on something worthwhile. And told to come back to collect from fridge after 20 mins, after 40 mins not done. Told to come back after another 10, but 20 mins later still not set. We ended up insisting we'd take them regardless. What a waste of money. But as I said castle howard great just don't book the workshop
    Hi there, Thank you for your review. We're so glad you enjoyed your experience and your visit to Castle Howard and look forward to welcoming you back again soon. We really appreciate your comments and feedback about the Easter workshop. Thanks, Team Castle Howard
    Written 21 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 April 2023
  • elimorScotland
    57 contributions
    A great find.
    This was a last minute decision but it was well worth it. From the grand entrance into the Castle to the wonderful walks , it was a glorious sunny day. Definitely recommend. We only managed the grounds but if you had more time, take in the house too.
    Hi there, Thank you for your review. We're so glad you enjoyed your experience and your visit to Castle Howard and look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Thanks, Team Castle Howard
    Written 21 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 April 2023
  • Phuilip H
    133 contributions
    A good day out with history and scenery
    Stunning house with nice grounds to walk around. Unfortunately on our trip the walled gardens were closed, but this did not detract for our overall enjoyment. The room guides, the waitresses in the Stable Cafe and the men running the tractor train were all very friendly and welcoming and made our trip as enjoyable and entertaining as they could. For the children there is a large and wonderful play area down by the lake and is well worth a visit for those with children. It is advisable to pre book as this meant we had a cheaper admission fee than if we just turned up at the gate. Another plus is that parking is free and not a hidden cost as at some other stately homes.
    Hi there, Thank you for your review. We're so glad you enjoyed your experience and your visit to Castle Howard and look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Thanks, Team Castle Howard
    Written 21 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 7 April 2023
  • leahnlb4
    Weston super Mare, United Kingdom30 contributions
    worth the visit
    brilliant experience if you love this sort of thing. all the staff are very informative & knowledgable. absolutely blown away by the history of this place. we didn’t have time to do absolutely everything but were really pleased with what we got done. a gorgeous place with a lovely heritage. would definitely recommend visiting it if you love this sort of thing.
    Hi there, Thank you for your review. We're so glad you enjoyed your experience and your visit to Castle Howard and look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Thanks, Team Castle Howard
    Written 21 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 April 2023
  • AWCUMMINGS
    York, United Kingdom9 contributions
    Great Views and Refreshments
    Always a stunning place to visit we only walked the lanes and paths around the Estate on this occasion, although I do love a day out in the house and grounds but know them too well to visit often. The Courtyard is a favourite spot to call into when passing and The Courtyard Cafe is always worth a visit. Great food, friendly service and historic surroundings that finish off a long walk perfectly.
    Hi there, Thank you for your review. We're so glad you enjoyed your experience and your visit to Castle Howard and look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Thanks, Team Castle Howard
    Written 21 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 April 2023
  • pfm18
    Bradford, United Kingdom37 contributions
    Excellent venue for a Yorkshire experience
    Some of the friendliest, politest and welcoming staff at this venue started the day off (and continued it around the grounds). A fun adventure playground which tested all ages. An interesting house with a blend of new and old history and fantastic scenery all around. I were particularly impressed by the support to Yorkshire produce in the shops and restaurants and the attempts at leading on an eco-friendly visit (recycling bins, compostable cutlery, paper bags for purchases etc.). We were really impressed and will definitely return.
    Hi there, Thank you for your review. We're so glad you enjoyed your experience and your visit to Castle Howard and look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Thanks, Team Castle Howard
    Written 22 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 April 2023
  • Neil T
    Brighton, United Kingdom34 contributions
    Can’t wait to return.
    Stunning house and gardens. Very helpful knowledgeable guides around the house. Enjoyed a superb pre booked coronation afternoon tea which was one of the best I have had. Delicious food and excellent service. First class.
    Hi there, Thank you for your review. We're so glad you enjoyed your experience and your visit to Castle Howard and look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Thanks, Team Castle Howard
    Written 22 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 May 2023
  • Ti-the-axeman
    Coventry, United Kingdom5 contributions
    Well worth a visit.
    Everyone was really helpful and friendly. We were given as much time as we wanted in the house. The digital tour (bring earphones) was great. The owner himself narrates the guided tour which was a nice touch. Informative yet concise. The house itself has a fascinating history, the time it took to build, the people who lived here and even the fires it suffered. The grounds, walled gardens and outdoor attractions alone made it a great day out. All credit to the owners for keeping such an interesting part of our history alive. Best to book online as there is sometimes a discount.
    Hi there, Thank you for your review. We're so glad you enjoyed your experience and your visit to Castle Howard and look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Thanks, Team Castle Howard
    Written 17 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 May 2023
  • Dharshika M
    York, United Kingdom21 contributions
    Lovely day out
    A lovely family day out . We enjoyed visiting the house and guides were so helpful . Highlight has to be Peter on the piano who really lifts the atmosphere . All the other guides were so helpful and informative too . The woods , adventure play area were lovely too !!
    Hi there, Thank you for your review. We're so glad you enjoyed your experience and your visit to Castle Howard and look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Thanks, Team Castle Howard
    Written 17 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 May 2023
  • david s
    Fareham, United Kingdom6 contributions
    Day visit to Castle Howard
    Day visit to the castle. Well staffed by enthusiastic and knowledgable staff. The gardens were beautiful as was the building. The interior was impressive and artifacts were on display. There was no restriction on photography. The former staff quarters now the cafe,was pleasant and food and drink was available at a modest price. The whole experience was good value for money.
    Hi there, Thank you for your review. We're so glad you enjoyed your experience and your visit to Castle Howard and look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Thanks, Team Castle Howard
    Written 17 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 May 2023
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moomoo_1965
West Yorkshire, UK23 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Fabulous place, the house and grounds are wonderful and is a must to visit. We are members and visit often when we are in the area to walk our dog, the grounds are vast so there is a different adventure each time. Good selection of food and drinks available which is of good quality. We have eaten outside in the Courtyard Cafe many times. The house is magnificent and magical at Christmas.
Written 5 February 2024
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Hello, thank you for your lovely comments. We're delighted to hear about your experiences as Members, and look forward to welcoming you again soon. Thanks, Team Castle Howard
Written 5 February 2024
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Helen H
Driffield, UK2,571 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Castle Howard cafe

Castle Howard cafe and farm shop

After walking here, we took advantage of the courtyard tables there to enjoy a spot of food from the farmshop and a hot drink from the cafe. Nice setting, with the courtyard decorated for Christmas. We opted for a vegetarian Scotch egg and a coffee to warm us up before going back to where we were staying. Lovely setting and food and drink.

Written 29 January 2024
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Hello, thank you for your lovely comments. We're delighted you had a great experience and look forward to welcoming you again soon. Thanks, Team Castle Howard
Written 5 February 2024
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Jan C
Manchester UK41 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Had a lovely visit to this site in early January. House was not open but we had a lovely walk around the grounds, which are stunning. Very dog friendly. Only gripe is, why do workmen park their vans right in front of the house, when visitors obviously like to take pictures of it. Very frustrating. But still thoroughly enjoyed the visit we had, especially seeing some of the statues in the grounds, Temple of Four Winds and walking through Ray Wood. Some stunning views of the countryside. Also a great adventure play area for kids, which is right next to a nice cafe overlooking the lake (not open when we visited). Admission was reasonable at £9 each.
We will definately be back in the warmer weather.
Written 16 January 2024
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Hello, thank you for your lovely comments. We're delighted you had a great experience and look forward to welcoming you again soon. Thanks, Team Castle Howard
Written 23 January 2024
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Steven F
Silsden, UK412 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
We went after Christmas to Peter Pan's Neverland. The staff have done a fantastic job of making the house look magical, even for adults. The attention to detail was fantastic. Obviously we couldn't see the house as normal but we had a great day.
Written 5 January 2024
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Hello, thank you for your lovely comments. We're delighted you had a great experience and look forward to welcoming you again soon. Thanks, Team Castle Howard
Written 8 January 2024
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Samantha Woods
8 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
This is the second visit at Christmas,didn't impress me has much as last year's theme,And don't agree with having to pay for parking how else are ya supposed to visit without parking your car,a charge to far I'm afraid.
Written 2 January 2024
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Hello, thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review. We read all comments and take feedback seriously. We charge for car parking at Christmas to help support our additional infrastructure, including Car Park Attendants, lighting, and trackway, and to help us improve our car parking facilities for everyone’s safety and comfort in the future. Revenue from last year’s car parking allowed us to create more disabled car parking spaces and supported the resurfacing of part of the car park. Thanks, Team Castle Howard
Written 8 January 2024
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Kathryn W
Sheffield, UK25 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Stunning Christmas displays. Every themed room was a delight, so much attention to detail. You could go round again and again and see different things I am sure. The projections were all wonderful. The whole thing was magical. Yes, its expensive but much better vale for money than Chatsworth for example.
The only disapointing thing for me was that the stunning Peter Pan tree decorations that I was told were for sale in the gift shop, had apparently all sold out within 10 days of opening. They obviously massively under bought!
Castle Howard you were magnificent - you show Chatsworth how things can, and should, be done!
Written 1 January 2024
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Hello, thank you for your lovely comments. We're delighted you had a great experience and look forward to welcoming you again soon. Thanks, Team Castle Howard
Written 2 January 2024
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Anna W
Leeds, UK13 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
We went to see Castle Howard for the first time today and it was well worth it. Ive only given 4 stars due to the admission ticket price being a barrier for lot of families these days. But feel visiting first time over Xmas had best value for the price paid. The amount of detail, work and effort put in decorating each room is just unbelievable. Dont want to spoil it but each Xmas tree of many was differently decorated in line with room theme. And the attention to detail on each little Xmas decor was impressive. At least for me. Not used cafe so cannot comment on prices as had little picnic prepared with coffee flask. Think it was enough as the visit inside was about 45 min with no rush. But the estate is so big and you can wonder to see fountain, sculptures and lake for few hrs I'd say. We did 2.5 hrs wonder as walled gardens were closed. Toilets are clean just as contra to previous review so don't be scared. Not too many cubicles though in female toilet but with regards to cleanliness I cannot complain. It was worth to visit over Xmas and 26th Dec was a good choice as it wasn't too busy and weather was really nice which is rare for December.
Written 26 December 2023
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Hello, thank you for your lovely comments. We're delighted you had a great experience and look forward to welcoming you again soon. Thanks, Team Castle Howard
Written 28 December 2023
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Sarah.
29 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Really friendly staff across the house and in the grounds. Make sure all staff know there is a postbox on site and where to find it. Expensive prices - no prices on the drinks in the cabinet in the marquee. Annoying they have gone to card only but on the whole we had a lovely day.
Written 24 December 2023
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Hello, thank you for your lovely comments. We're delighted you had a good experience and look forward to welcoming you again soon. Thanks, Team Castle Howard
Written 28 December 2023
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Barbara
2 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Myself and husband had previously visited Castle Howard, this visit was with my 16 year old granddaughter who is history obsessed. We enjoyed our day and the Christmas theme rooms were lovely but, due to the darkened rooms and “theme” throughout so much of the artefacts we were unable to see. I think certainly do a theme but perhaps limit it to a few rooms. You then have a balance of Christmas and history.
Written 23 December 2023
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Hello, thank you very much for your response. We read every piece of feedback, and welcome your views. We hope to welcome you back again in 2024. With best wishes, Team Castle Howard
Written 28 December 2023
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Andrew P
Halifax, UK5 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
At £29 per person, you would have expected free parking to be included. £7 extra per car is expensive. Not good.
The Christmas decorations and theme were certainly underwhelming at the start. No 'Wow' factor at all. There was a wonderful Christmas tree, but after that, the whole display was disappointing. No feeling of immersion in the story of Peter Pan. There were a couple of nice touches that Tinkerbell added.
The shop at the end charged 45p for a simple carrier bag...that just feels like moneygrabbing as the items are generally expensive in the first place.
The whole experience felt a let down especially compared to other stately home's Christmas displays.
The team must think more about the Christmas spirit and the cost to a family for the visit and experience offered at CH.
Written 23 December 2023
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Hello, thank you very much for your generous response. We read every piece of feedback, and welcome your views. We hope to welcome you back again in 2024. With best wishes, Team Castle Howard
Written 28 December 2023
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