Castle Howard

Castle Howard
York
North Yorkshire
YO60 7DA
England

Website

www.castlehoward.co.uk

E-mail

General Enquiries

house@castlehoward.co.uk

Telephone

General Enquiries

01653 648 444

Fax

General Enquiries

01653 648 529

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Built in 1699, Castle Howard is one of the country's finest historic houses and is still the private residence of the Howard family.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Heritage site

Opening hours

House daily: 22 March - 2 November 2014 From 11.00 (last admissions 16.00)
Grounds, Garden Centre and Stable Courtyard: Daily all year apart form Christmas Day. From 10.00 (last admissions 16.30)

Admission charges

House and Grounds:
Adults - £14.00
Senior/Student - £12.00
Children (4-16) - £7.50

FREE admission to the Stable Courtyard and Garden Centre.

Indoors, art treasures include paintings by Canaletto, Holbein, Gainsborough and Reynolds, a collection of antique sculpture, and the porcelain collections include a spectacular Crown Derby botanical dessert service. Outdoors there are temples, lead statues and an array of monuments.

Collection details

Architecture, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Canaletto
  • Holbein
  • Gainsborough
  • Reynolds
  • Crown Derby
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Heroines & Harridans

  • 6 October 2015

Castle Howard may have been built and furnished by husbands, fathers and sons but the women of the house played an equally significant role in shaping the future of the grand stately home.

Discover the stories of these remarkable women, including Roasalind the 9th Countess who, whilst her husband pursued his passion for art, managed all the family estates. She also raised her 5 daughters and 6 sons and led an active political life, campaigning for votes for women, no wonder she was known as ‘The Radical Countess’.

Tea and coffee will be served on arrival, with wine & canapés at the end of the evening.

Admission

Price: £30 | Discount applies for Annual Pass holders
Evening starts at 6pm with tea and coffee in the Grecian Hall. Talk begins 6:30pm evening ends (approx) 8:45pm.

On arrival drive down to the front of the House to park. Enter via the House Entrance.

Website

http://www.castlehoward.co.uk/DB/whats-on-view/heroines-and-harridans.html

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

York Resident's Festival

  • 31 January — 8 February 2015

Wrap up warm this winter and explore Castle Howard’s monumental parkland. Discover statues, lakes, temples and fountains, the 18th century walled garden, lakeside and woodland walks and adventure playground. Enjoy a choice of cafés and gift shops, plus our farm shop and garden centre. Dogs on leads are welcome and please note the house itself is closed.

Open to all York Residents who have a valid YorkCard – you’ll need one card per person to gain free admission.

Admission

Open to all York Residents who have a valid YorkCard – you’ll need one card per person to gain free admission.

Website

http://www.castlehoward.co.uk/DB/whats-on-view/york-residents-festival-2.html

Hearts and Flowers Children'sTrail

  • 14 — 22 February 2015

Spot the hearts and flowers hidden around the grounds this half term.

Children will love exploring the great outdoors in search of the giant hearts and flowers dotted throughout the grounds. Find them all and collect a treat!

Wrap up warm and enjoy an afternoon of adventure; taking in the trail, playground and woodland paths.

Website

http://www.castlehoward.co.uk/DB/whats-on-view/hearts-and-flowers-childrenstrail.html

Stable Courtyard Market

  • 14 April 2015 10am-4pm

Browse a great range of gifts, including food items and locally made crafts at this month's market.

See Castle Howard's Stable Courtyard transformed into a bustling market place as stalls selling a range of handmade and locally produced products fill the cobbled square.

Website

http://www.castlehoward.co.uk/DB/whats-on-view/stable-courtyard-market-8.html

Castle Howard Through 12 Objects

  • 21 May 2015

Discover intriguing accounts of Castle Howard through 12 remarkable objects.

Tour the house and admire great portraits and fine furniture as well as few more unexpected pieces along the way.

These 12 objects are merely the starting point to the rich narrative which is Castle Howard’s history, they unveil significant people or events and in turn reveal hundreds of the stories behind one of England’s finest stately homes.

Tea and coffee will be served on arrival, with wine & canapés at the end of the evening.

Admission

Price: £30 | Discount applies for Annual Pass holders
Evening starts at 6pm with tea and coffee in the Grecian Hall. Tour begins 6:30pm evening ends (approx) 8:45pm.

On arrival drive down to the front of the House to park. Enter via the House Entrance.

Website

http://www.castlehoward.co.uk/DB/whats-on-view/castle-howard-through-12-objects.html

Trail Race

  • 14 June 2015

Castle Howard Trail Races will return for 2015 offering runners fantastic routes around the grounds.

The 8th annual 10km, 6km and 1km kid’s dash will be held on Sunday 14 June raising vital funds for Welburn Community Primary School.

All three trail races will start and finish on the majestic North Lawn, set between the house and the Great Lake.

Website

http://www.castlehoward.co.uk/DB/whats-on-view/trail-race.html

Midsummer Monuments

  • 19 June 2015

Spend a summer evening visiting the most mysterious and imposing building in the Castle Howard landscape, the Mausoleum. Not usually open to the public, see the spectacular chapel before taking in the vaults below where generations of the Howard family are buried.

Return via the Temple of the Four Winds where you can enjoy a glass of Champagne & canapés whilst taking in stunning views across the rolling Howardian Hills. You’ll also have exclusive access to the vaulted cellar beneath the Temple, originally used to prepare refreshments.

Admission

Price: £35 | Discount applies for Annual Pass holders
The tour involves walking across uneven terrain and lasts between 2 and 2.5 hours, so sensible footwear is required.

Meet your tour guide at 5.30pm. On arrival, drive down the main drive to the front of the house to park where your tour guide will meet you.

Website

http://www.castlehoward.co.uk/DB/whats-on-view/midsummer-monuments-2.html

Twin Peaks

  • 20 June 2015

Straight structures, round structures, and pointy structures: Castle Howard has them all.

Join our curatorial team for this tour of Castle Howard’s two pyramids, which date from the first part of the 18th Century.

Like their Egyptian ancestors both pyramids are hollow, and the tour will take visitors inside each.

Nicholas Hawksmoor’s pyramid contains a giant bust of the Howard family ancestor Lord William Howard and was fully restored in 2014.

Just half a mile away is Sir John Vanbrugh’s pyramid, nestling on the top of the arch at the centre of the Gatehouse.

Take in both extraordinary structures on this walking tour.

Admission

Price: £35 | Discount applies for Annual Pass holders
The tour involves walking across uneven terrain and lasts between 2 and 2.5 hours, so sensible footwear is required.

Meet your tour guide at 5.30pm in the Courtyard Café. Wine and canapés will be served in the Café at the end of the tour.

The evening finishes at approximately 8.30pm.

Website

http://www.castlehoward.co.uk/DB/whats-on-view/twin-peaks.html

Flower Festival

  • 25 — 28 June 2015

Taking inspiration from the impressive surroundings, floral arrangements will fill the house with bursts of colour and fragrance; reflecting the eclectic array of artwork that has been collected by succeeding generations of the Howard family.

Each of the rooms on the house tour will feature displays by our own florist, garden team or local flower club.

Website

http://www.castlehoward.co.uk/DB/whats-on-view/flower-festival.html

The Fire of 1940: 75 Years of Survival & Revival

  • 9 July 2015

In November 1940 Castle Howard was devastated by fire that raged through the south front of the house, destroying several rooms and perhaps most notably the iconic dome.

75 years on, the challenge of securing the future of the house continues with a new generation following in the footsteps of George Howard and in recent years Simon Howard.

This talk will chronicle a host of extraordinary achievements from rebuilding the dome, rescuing the monuments and restoring lakes and fountains, to cleaning paintings and other priceless artefacts indoors.

Tea and coffee will be served on arrival, with wine & canapés at the end of the evening.

Admission

Price: £30 | Discount applies for Annual Pass holders
Evening starts at 6pm with tea and coffee in the Grecian Hall. Talk begins 6:30pm evening ends (approx) 8:45pm.

On arrival drive down to the front of the House to park. Enter via the House Entrance.

Website

http://www.castlehoward.co.uk/DB/whats-on-view/the-fire-of-1940-75-years-of-survival-and-revival.html

Robin Hood Outdoor Theatre

  • 17 July 2015
  • 27 August 2015

This joyful and fun-filled musical has been written by Cambridge Touring Theatre to get you singing, dancing and joining in with Robin Hood's adventures. Children are invited to come dressed in their best ‘Merry Men and Women’ fashion.

There will be a 45 minute drama workshop before for children aged 5-10 for an additional charge. Here children can be introduced to the characters from the story and work on themed drama activities, songs and games.

Admission

Price: Adults: £15, Concessions: £11, Under 3: Free, Workshop: £6

Website

http://www.castlehoward.co.uk/DB/whats-on-view/robin-hood-outdoor-theatre.html

Castle Triathlon

  • 25 — 26 July 2015

The Castle Howard Triathlon is now in its sixth year with nearly 2,000 competitors enjoying the stunning course last year. Suitable for all levels from children and beginners to elite athletes.

Race entrants will start the race by swimming through the Great Lake before transitioning into the technical bike route through the glorious Howardian Hills, an AONB. Returning to the grounds to complete the run leg.

Spectators will enjoy a fun day out, for a small entrance cost, cheering on their family and friends plus free entertainment for children, live bands and access to the stunning castle grounds.

Website

http://www.castlehoward.co.uk/DB/whats-on-view/castle-triathlon.html

Run or Dye

  • 1 August 2015

At Run or Dye, you become part of the rainbow. As you run/walk/dance through the course, you will get showered in safe, eco-friendly, plant-based powdered dye at every kilometre...turning you into a technicolor canvas of fun!

You're welcome to walk, run, dance, or skip your way to the finish line. And Run or Dye is family-friendly -- kids 6 and under run FREE!

At Run or Dye, you are the canvas, so wear whatever you want! Lots of runners prefer wearing white to show off all the color...but many come dressed in crazy costumes.

Website

http://www.castlehoward.co.uk/DB/whats-on-view/run-or-dye.html

The Pre-Raphaelites at Castle Howard

  • 13 August 2015

An illustrated talk revealing the close and intimate relationship between the Howard family and a circle of brilliant artists and designers who were part of the Pre-Raphaelite movement many of whom were commissioned to decorate all three Howard homes.

Take a tour of the chapel, with its magnificent interior including, William Morris & Edward Burne-Jones stained glass windows before accessing private family archive material, such as the Dante Rossetti portrait of Rosalind Howard and original Morris wallpaper which had lined the Long Gallery.

Tea and coffee will be served on arrival, with wine & canapés at the end of the evening.

Admission

Price: £30 | Discount applies for Annual Pass holders
Evening starts at 6pm with tea and coffee in the Grecian Hall. Talk begins 6:30pm evening ends (approx) 8:45pm.

On arrival drive down to the front of the House to park. Enter via the House Entrance.

Website

http://www.castlehoward.co.uk/DB/whats-on-view/the-pre-raphaelites-at-castle-howard-2.html

The Proms

  • 22 August 2015

Enjoy a summers evening of classical favourites and fireworks when The Proms returns.

An unforgettable night, sit back and enjoy this fantastic concert on the north lawn with stunning views over the Great Lake and the house rising up behind you.

Classical favourites will rouse the crowd and have you up and dancing before an impressive firework display draws the evening to a spectacular close.

Website

http://www.castlehoward.co.uk/DB/whats-on-view/the-proms.html

Premium Monumental Tour

  • 14 November 2015

This all day events begins with a walking tour with our curatorial team, which takes in the Avenue, Gatehouse, Mock Fortifications, Pyramid, Mausoleum and Temple of the Four Winds including exclusive access to some of the buildings.

After the morning's walk, relax and warm up over a delicious two-course lunch by the roaring fire in the Grecian Hall.

In the afternoon access some of our private archive collection, including old estate maps, retracing the routes you've explored in the morning.

Admission

Price: £65 | Discount applies for Annual Pass holders
The tour involves walking across uneven terrain so sensible footwear is require, the walk lasts approximately 3 hours.

Meet your tour guide at 10am. On arrival, park in the Visitor car park and go to the Ticket Office to register.

Day finishes at approximately 3pm.

Website

http://www.castlehoward.co.uk/DB/whats-on-view/premium-monumental-tour-3.html

Easter Fair & Farm

  • 4 April 4015 — 6 April 2015

Keep everyone entertained this Easter with our traditional fairground, farm and children's activities.

Try your luck at 'hook a duck' and test your aim on our coconut shy, before having a go on the traditional fairground rides.

Say hello to a number of creepy crawlies and if you're feeling brave, have a hold too. Or meet the animals at our mini farm, including:

Rabbits
Guinea pigs
Ducks
Chickens
Lambs
Pygmy goats
Mini pig
Alpaca
Mini pony

Take part in our Easter Egg trail and have a go at some crafts before meeting Molly the Rabbit out and about in the grounds and enjoying magic tricks with 'WonderPhil'.

Website

http://www.castlehoward.co.uk/DB/whats-on-view/easter-fair-and-farm.html

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