Summer at Castle Howard
Nestled in the Howardian Hills is North Yorkshire’s iconic stately home, Castle Howard, famous for its beautiful architecture, rich history, and stunning landscapes. This summer is the perfect time to visit the House, Gardens, and Adventure Playground.
The House is magnificent. Step into the 300-year-old Howard family home and be immersed in history and beauty. Take in the showstopping Great Hall, sweeping Long Gallery, and sublime arts and crafts Chapel. Visitors can book a guided tour, or use the digital guide, narrated by Nick Howard, to discover Castle Howard’s stories.
The Gardens are a spectacle in the summer, from the lakes home to Yorkshire wildlife, to the Walled Garden and Ray Wood. The Walled Garden is a beautiful place to stroll; laid out in the early 18th century as kitchen garden, today part of the garden is still given over to vegetables, but the remainder of the area has been transformed into a garden of roses. An enchanting woodland garden, Ray Wood holds an impressive collection of plants from around the globe, including nearly 800 species of Rhododendron.
Skelf Island, Castle Howard’s legendary Adventure Playground, is named after the historic site Castle Howard sits on, Henderskelfe. Set on an island and reachable by a rope bridge, the Playground is a web of ingenious treetop nests in the woodland canopy connected by slides, nets, and climbing equipment.
Open daily during the summer holidays – Visit the Castle Howard website