Spend the day in the Yorkshire countryside on our most-popular tour which includes an unforgettable steam train ride, the Yorkshire coast at Whitby and the amazing North York Moors. The tour includes pick-up from your hotel, steam train tickets and a truly small-group experience – with ONLY 7 PEOPLE PER GROUP (just 5 per group in April & May).
The Castle Howard Tour
Fabulous half-day tour from York to Castle Howard, the incredible stately home set in the heart of Yorkshire's picturesque countryside.
- Discover Castle Howard, Yorkshire’s finest stately home, on this half-day tour from York
- See the beautiful countryside and quaint Yorkshire villages on a scenic driving route to Castle Howard
- Introduction to Castle Howard from your guide and three hours to explore the house, grounds, and gardens
- Duration: 4 hours
- Available Thursday and Sunday (April-October)
- Tour Only (entrance ticket not included)
- Tour + Entrance Tickets
Castle Howard Tour from York
Enhance your visit to York with a trip to Castle Howard, Yorkshire’s finest stately home, on this fascinating half-day tour from York.
Tours are limited to a maximum of just 8 people per group.
Discover Yorkshire’s finest stately home on this popular half-day tour to Castle Howard, the setting of the hit TV series Bridgerton. Recommended by Castle Howard, this tour starts and ends in York city centre and offers you the opportunity to enjoy a visit to the magnificent country estate and family home of the Howard family.
10:30am – Meet outside York Minster
The tour begins outside York Minster in the very heart of York city centre, where you meet your guide and board the minibus for a scenic drive through the countryside. Our journey to Castle Howard takes us into the picturesque heart of the Yorkshire countryside, through pretty villages and across the open farmland of North Yorkshire. We find rolling hills and spectacular views as we make our way into the Howardian Hills, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty surrounding the expansive Castle Howard estate.
11:00 – 11:15am – Arrive at Castle Howard
The final part of our journey takes us along the spectacular southern approach to Castle Howard as we see our first signs of the grandeur of the Castle Howard estate, which covers almost 9,000 acres and has an outstanding variety of treasures to explore. Recently used as the setting for the 2020 TV series Bridgerton, as well as featuring as ‘Brideshead’ in the TV and film adaptations of Brideshead Revisited, Castle Howard is unquestionably Yorkshire’s finest stately home – a real pleasure to visit at all times of year.
On arrival at Castle Howard your guide will begin your introduction and orientation, as well as arranging entrance tickets, before leaving you to explore the house, grounds and gardens at leisure. During your three-hours at leisure at Castle Howard you can walk through the fantastic sprawling estate, enjoying beautiful and unspoilt views of the farmland and countryside surrounding the estate. You can stroll through the walled gardens, take a walk around the south lake and across the manicured gardens surrounding the famous Atlas Fountain. You could discover the fascinating variety of rare plants and trees in Ray Wood and enjoy a relaxing drink at the Boathouse Cafe and terrace. Your visit inside the house takes you on a tour through the history of Castle Howard as you explore one of the UK’s finest stately homes. Your visit to Castle Howard will be complemented by the expert knowledge and informative commentary of the Castle Howard guides, situated in many of the rooms throughout the house.
2:15pm – Return to York
After 3 hours at leisure to explore Castle Howard, you’ll meet up with your guide to begin the return journey back to York, arriving back in the city centre at approximately 2:45pm, where the tour concludes.
You can choose to include your entrance tickets for Castle Howard when booking this tour, ensuring fast-track entrance at busier times. Choose TOUR + TICKET option when booking and your House & Gardens ticket will be included.
If you prefer to buy your ticket directly at Castle Howard, simply choose the TOUR ONLY option when booking.
YORK PASS HOLDERS should choose TOUR ONLY as entrance to Castle Howard is free for those with a valid York Pass.
- Return travel from York – city centre pick-up and drop-off beside York Minster
- Scenic driving route to Castle Howard – see the amazing countryside on the way to Castle Howard
- Entrance tickets for Castle Howard (choose the Tour + Ticket option when booking)
- The services of a local guide
- Introduction and orientation at Castle Howard on arrival