- Castle Howard is a jewel in north Yorkshire’s crown. Made famous by Brideshead Revisited, Castle Howard is famous in our family for its beautiful woodland – perfect for little explorers – and a brilliant adventure playground with great equipment for kids of all ages. The house itself is gorgeous and, although not suited to marauding toddlers, does have some hands-on activities for younger visitors. It’s a gorgeous family day out at any time of year – the setting is second to none and there’s plenty to do. Keep your eye out for some fantastic holiday activities for children, especially around Christmas, Easter and the summer holidays.
Good to know – Unless you’re hardy souls, Castle Howard is better suited to good weather days if you’re planning to stay outside. Historic Houses Association members get in free. If you don’t want to visit the house, just pay to get into the gardens. There’s a little land train that will take you down the hill to the playground (or back up afterwards) if you’re running out of steam.
Venue: Castle Howard Food & Drink: Eat at the Courtyard Cafe (breakfasts, lunches and snacks, open from 10am) or grab a takeaway coffee, sandwich or cake from the Coffee Shop. During school holidays, and during weekends when the house is closed, the Boathouse Cafe – next to the adventure playground – is open. It overlooks the Great Lake and serves a family-friendly menu. Failing that, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes for places to picnic. Parking: Free Opening Times: For gardens only: £11.95/£7.95 (4-16)/under 4s free Contact: Visit the website Address: Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA