Idyllically located within a 1,000-acre estate, in the rolling Howardian Hills just north of York, Castle Howard is one of England’s most iconic stately homes. Commissioned by the 3rd Earl of Carlisle, the main house was built between 1699 and 1712, and has been continuously inhabited by the Howard family ever since; the Hon. Simon Howard currently lives here with his wife and two children.
Across the fantastic estate are a staggering 200 buildings, most of which were completed by 1725, including the impressive Temple of the Four Winds and the Howard family’s lavish mausoleum. Possibly best known for its ‘role’ in the 1981 TV adaptation of ‘Brideshead Revisited’, Castle Howard was also the setting for the 2008 film of the same name. With 145 rooms in the main building, Castle Howard is one of England’s largest country houses. The estate is the heart of a thriving rural community with many active, traditional pursuits such as farming and forestry continuing on site to this day. A monthly farmers market showcases the best of the local produce.
Castle Howard opened to the public in 1952, and has been welcoming visitors ever since. You can visit Castle Howard with Grand Yorkshire by booking your place on the twice-weekly excursion ‘Castle Howard, Rievaulx & the Moors‘, which includes a visit to the market town of Helmsley and the magnificent ruins of Rievaulx Abbey.