The Castle Howard Tour (13131P15)
United Kingdom, England-North, York
This half-day trip from York to Castle Howard is the best way to explore Yorkshire’s finest stately home. Travelling by minibus or mini-coach, this superb tour gives you ample time to explore the house, grounds and gardens at the historic ancestral home of the Howard family. Discover Castle Howard’s amazing setting, the beautiful house and the impeccable gardens and see why it was chosen as the location for the filming of Brideshead revisited. An experienced guide will introduce you to Castle Howard, where you’ll have three hours to explore at leisure.
Discover Yorkshires finest stately home Castle Howard on this fantastic half-day tour, departing from York in the afternoon. Explore the incredible 18th century house, admire the beauty of the impeccable gardens and walk through the extensive grounds to uncover treasures located throughout the 9,000-acre estate.
On this incredibly popular half-day tour youll travel from York city centre, across the North Yorkshire countryside to the magnificent Castle Howard estate former seat of the Earls of Carlisle and possession of the Howard family since the house was designed in 1699. Youll see the fabulous rural setting of Yorkshires finest and most famous stately home, before arriving at the Courtyard entrance, where the magnificence of the estate begins to reveal itself.
At Castle Howard youll be introduced to the grounds and estate by your local guide, before enjoying approximately 3 hours at leisure to discover the house, grounds and gardens at your own pace. You can walk past the south lake and along the terrace to visit the stunning Temple of the Four Winds, or follow one of the marked trails through ancient Ray Wood. You can stroll down across the north lawn for a boat ride (summer only) on the Great Lake, or discover the many incredible plants and borders in the impressive walled garden. You can also join one or more of the complimentary outdoor guided walks, discovering the history of Castle Howard, the estates starring roles in TV and film adaptations of Brideshead Revisited, or even learn how exotic plants and fruit (including pineapples) once grew outside in the gardens of this North Yorkshire estate.
Once you enter the main house at Castle Howard, the estates very own expert guides will take you on a journey back in time as they reveal the history of each room and tell you about the fascinating past of the Howard family, the story of Castle Howard and the many challenges to have confronted the Howards and their amazing household staff over the past 300 years.
Before leaving Castle Howard youll have the opportunity to enjoy a drink, snack or afternoon tea at one of the estates cafés or restaurants, while youll also have chance to buy local crafts and gifts, as well as locally produced jams, chutneys and artisan products at the local shops in the Courtyard (own expense).
Finally, youll travel back to York city centre to conclude a wonderful afternoon at Castle Howard.