Got the 181 bus from York at 11-00 am Cost is £8 return (Operator Stephenson's).Takes an hour about 15 miles. Now the good bit show your ticket @:Castle Howard and you get a whopping £6-50 off admission. Cost falls from £14 to £7-50!!.
Self guided tour of Castle - lots of staff in the rooms dispensing guidance. Lovely grounds with a free "people carrier" to the Castle entrance if you don't want to walk / fancy a short overview of the place. Well maintained gardens and grounds - sweet ducklings in the pond also large fish Koi carp ?.
Nice cafe selling yummy looking chocolate cake for £2 at the entrance and another shop selling Castle Howard produce at very reasonable prices.
Saw a sparrowhawk as we were leaving. Last bus back to York is at 4-50 PM
Easy to spend 4 hours exploring the Castle & grounds.
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