A garden for all seasons, Castle Howard is spectacular at any time of year.
There’s so much to explore – over 1000 acres of pleasure grounds and parkland – but here are a few highlights:
Part of the Walled Garden still grows vegetables, cutting flowers and fruit while the other area contains Lady Cecilia’s Garden, the Sundial Garden and the Venus Garden.
Numerous temples, statues and follies including the Mausoleum designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor and the Temple of the Four Winds at the eastern end of Temple Terrace with its stunning views across the hills. [Groups with a special interest can visit the Mausoleum but only by prior appointment.]
Water forms an important part of the landscape – the magnificent Atlas Fountain at the centre of the South Parterre, the Prince of Wales Fountain in the South Lake and the Great Lake to the north of the house.
Explore the numerous paths through Ray Wood with its important collection of plants from around the world including 800 species of Rhododendron, pieris, magnolias, wild roses, and maples. Discover the pyramid and weeping fir deep in the woods.
Sometimes the estate is closed to visitors for essential maintenance or for filming – check the website before visiting.
Those with a Family Pass to Yorkshire’s Great Houses, Castles & Gardens have free entry.