Award-winning Castle Howard is one of York's most striking attractions. Home to the Howard family for over 300 years, the Castle took 100 years to build, outliving several architects, craftsmen and three earls, before eventually becoming the setting for the popular TV series, Brideshead Revisited. The spectacular estate comprises acres of farmland and exquisite gardens, while the interior is a treasure trove of paintings, furniture, sculptures and more. Visitors can enjoy a self-guided tour, but historical costumed guides are available to answer questions and share information about the history of the house, the Howard family and the collections. Regular guided tours are also available, and the Castle frequently plays host to a range of exhibitions, lectures, events and dinners. The Castle also has a gift shop, cafés and a plant centre.
Telephone: (0)1653 648 444
Opening times: In Low Season (1 Jan to 23 March; 5 November to 23 November): The House is closed, the Gardens are open daily from 10am to 4pm. In High Season (24 March to 4 November; 24 November to 16 December): The House is open daily from 11am to 4pm, the Gardens are open from 10am to 5.30pm.
Admission: House and Gardens: Â£13 (adults), Â£7.50 (children 5-16 years). Concessions are available.