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“Lovely day out”
Review of Castle Howard

Castle Howard
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The Castle Howard Tour
Ranked #27 of 214 things to do in York
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Owner description: Castle Howard is one of England's finest historic houses, set in a thousand acres of sweeping parkland dotted with statues, temples, lakes and fountains. Inside discover world-renowned collections gathered by succeeding generations of the Howard family. Built over 300 years ago, today it still remains a family home.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this beautiful house and gardens on a hot sunny day. We hired a car as access by public transport involves quite a walk. Plenty of parking and the courtyard at the entrance has shops, cafe and toilets. Quite a nice cafe in the house also. The focus of a lot of the material is Brideshead Revisited. I would have liked a guided tour of the house but there are helpful guides in each room whom you can ask about the house. Not much about the family history. An interesting visit although it is not particularly suitable for children. I didn’t see a playground and most visitors were over 50.

Thank Bernie S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent a very pleasant day out here. Took the free architectural tour that was included in the entrance fee. While this sounds like it might be dry and boring, it absolutely was not and our guide Charles, was very entertaining. You will learn about the devastating fire and reconstruction, as well as the original design and development. There are other tour options throughout the day as well.

Don’t miss visiting the Rose Garden between the main entrance and the house. Take a trek through the woods and visit the Temple of the Four Winds, from which you have great views of the countryside.

Thank elizabethpV8634SC
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

can you imagine this is the house for 10th generation and be there for over 300 years. Breath taking and wonderful.

Thank Shawn L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We are National Trust members and our visits to their properties never disappoint, Castle Howard is not NT and in private ownership and it shows. The place was in need of a spruce up to say the least. The gardens were very disappointing, we saw more roses and flowers in need of some TLC than at any other property we have visited recently. I felt like getting my secateurs out and doing some dead heading!

Whilst the house itself is very attractive and photogenic on the outside, the interior really did need the NT touches. Although each room had a board containing basic information the people hosting each room looked bored to tears. One nice lady was really helpful but that was about it! We left without really having much understanding of either the house or the family history. Guide books were available but after such a steep entry fee, the budget wouldn’t quite stretch to guide books!

The catering was another bone of contention. After enjoying NT fare the day before, Castle Howard seemed that bit more expensive. Our bills for morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea seemed to cost a few pounds more. Had we known, with hindsight, we would have taken a few sandwiches and a flask. There were plenty of places in the grounds to have a nice picnic.

We had a nice walk in the cool woods but were disappointed to find that the most interesting looking building on the horizon, the Mausoleum, was “out of bounds”.

All in all, a nice day out in the sunshine and fresh air but the place, even with the concession for pensioners etc, is a bit pricey if you are on a budget.

1  Thank Welltravelled51
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CastleHowardEst, Public Relations Manager at Castle Howard, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to feed back following your recent visit to Castle Howard. We are sorry to hear that you felt disappointed with the overall visit and would like to reassure you that we will be including your comments into our monthly evaluation of all visitor feedback. We take your comments seriously and continually review and evaluate areas of development and improvement. Regarding the Mausoleum, this incredible building will be undergoing a restoration project in the near future and we agree it would be beneficial to be able to allow more public engagement with it. It is of huge architectural and historical importance and in need of a lot of work to ensure it can be safe for visitors to walk around. We will also be planning more interpretation about the Mausoleum as part of this project. We are keen to offer our visitors value for money and would like to apologise that you did not feel you got this during your visit. Thank you once again for your constructive comments.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had wanted to visit Castle Howard for a long time, excellent trip around the house and grounds. Good to read about the filming of Brideshead. Excellent sunny weather meant a lovely walk around the grounds. There was a polo match the next day which I would have liked to watch but the tight itinerary didn't allow for it. Some of the rooms were disappointing but glad I made the visit at last!

Thank Simon R
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