You can reach Castle Howard by car or by a daily bus service from nearby York. It will take you a full day to explore all the best sights in the house itself and the beautifully appointed gardens.
Explore all the rooms at Castle Howard at your own pace with a self-guided audio tour. Fans of the television show Brideshead Revisited may recognise parts of the house from the series, while the Castle Howard chapel is a highlight of the tour, thanks to its stunning Pre-Raphaelite decoration.
Castle Howard is home to many hundreds of historic artefacts and works of art. Highlights of the collection include portraits of the Howard family through the centuries along with priceless Roman antiquities, including a second-century sculpture of a satyr.
The gardens at Castle Howard are well worth exploring on your visit. Take a stroll through wooded areas, alongside lakes and amongst the landscaped areas of flowers and fountains.
Make the most of your visit to this part of Yorkshire and spend some time enjoying the many other visitor attractions in this area.
This fascinating interactive museum, a few miles to the east of Castle Howard, is housed in a former prisoner of war camp from World War II. Learn about how the conflict affected the local area and how the German prisoners spent their time in captivity.
Families will enjoy spending a few hours at Flamingo Land Resort, a theme park and zoo, with rides suitable for all ages. Enjoy educational shows about the animals, and take the opportunity to get up close to some of the zoo's residents, including lemurs, meerkats and penguins.
Located on the outskirts of the pretty market town of Helmsley, the ruined castle is over 900 years old, though the first fortress on this site was built just after the Norman conquest. After taking the self-guided tour, why not follow the picturesque path to Rievaulx Abbey, the first Cistercian abbey in the North of England, until its dissolution by Henry VIII in 1538.
Castle Howard is only a short distance from York, with its world-famous Minister and the narrow cobbled lanes of its old town. Walk around the Medieval defensive walls or visit Jorvik, an interactive museum about the first Viking settlers.