If the weather is nice while you are visiting Yorkshire then a day at Castle Howard is a must. In fact there is so much to see and do here that it is worth a visit even if the weather is not fantastic.
The castle itself is an 18th century residence which is beautiful and really has to be seen to be believed. The whole castle has an air of history about it, so if you’re into learning about the history and culture of the local area then you are well catered for. The castle is set within 1,000 acres of land, surrounded by the Howardian Hills – which are breathtakingly beautiful.
When you visit Castle Howard you’ll have a choice of things to see and do, depending on the time of year and what activities are arranged at the time. There is always something different going on at Castle Howard, so you can be sure that you’ll be well catered for in the terms of education. On top of that there is a lovely cafe worth visiting, a farm shop and a garden centre too!
Visiting Castle Howard
There are a number of displays and exhibitions that you can view when you browse Castle Howard. These exhibitions are always changing, so even if you visit the castle more than once it is worth seeing if the exhibition has changed at all and if there is anything new to be seen.
As well as all of this art, history and culture there is plenty to keep younger visitors entered too. Geoffrey the Lion is the castles mascot and he can take young visitors on a treasure hunt through the grounds – solving clues to identify items in the home and even outside.
There is also the chance to go on a boat trip on The Great lake, ride the landtrain around the grounds and even sit back and watch your children play at the adventure park while you take in the scenery. You can take your own picnic and take advantage of their picnic tables or visit one of their cafes nearby and buy lunch while you are there.
Castle Howard was home to the Howard family for a number of years, but now it is open to the public and funds raised by entry fees are put into an ongoing restoration project for parts of the castle.