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“Proms in the Park and the rain!”
Review of Castle Howard

Castle Howard
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North Yorkshire Moors and Castle Howard Day Tour From York
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Castle Howard, Rievaulx Abbey, and North York Moors Day Trip from York
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Owner description: Castle Howard is one of England's finest historic houses, set in a thousand acres of sweeping parkland dotted with statues, temples, lakes and fountains. Inside discover world-renowned collections gathered by succeeding generations of the Howard family. Built over 300 years ago, today it still remains a family home.
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Proms in the Park and the rain!”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

Great concert in a picturesque setting ( we didn't actually look round Castle Howard just went to the event)
Well organised, we had a wheelchair user with us but were part of a large party so we did have a few problems as we couldn't all park together, but the wheelchair user and her carer were allowed to enter first and get a good and suitable spot. The disabled toilet facilities were backstage so she also got to meet The Overtones which was a real bonus!
The weather was awful but the concert was excellent, we had 4 children aged between 6 and 9 and they all loved it as well as the rest of our party aged between 30ish and nearly 70!
Would definitely go again.

Visited August 2013
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“Enjoyable Visit”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

The house is stunning, especially the Great Hall, and the room guides were excellent - highly knowledgeable, enthusiastic & interesting to listen to. I also liked the exhibitions re the wartime history of the house & family, the great fire & Brideshead Revisited.

The grounds are beautiful, particularly views to the house from both the fountain and the lake sides, and from the Temple of the Four Winds.

I was a bit disappointed that neither the Atlas nor the Prince of Wales fountains were working when I was there, also the rose garden seemed to have very few roses!

Overall I enjoyed my visit & thought the £14 entry fee for the house & grounds was reasonable.

Visited August 2013
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York, United Kingdom
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“Great proms night, terrible parking.”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

Had a great night at the proms spectacular despite the english weather, marred by taking an hour to get out of car park, appeared to be no traffic management and unlikely to attend again due to this.

Visited August 2013
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Durham, United Kingdom
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“superb country estate”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

Castle Howard is a most impressive residence and a credit to the Howard family and its many workers.Had a fabulous day here looking around the house and and staff onsite most informative with an indepth knowledge of what is on display.The grounds, gardens and lakes are a view to behold and well worth a visit and ample free parking on site.

Visited August 2013
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Biggar, United Kingdom
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“Visit to the grounds only”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

If this place seems familiar you’ve possibly seen it in the television programme or movie “Brideshead Revisited” which were both filmed at the property.

The house itself is not open in low season (January to late March and much of November) however the grounds and shops are open all year round. Admission prices vary seasonally and during our visit a House and Grounds ticket was £14 for adults, £7.50 for children (5 - 16 years), free for under 5’s. The Grounds alone were £9.50 for adults and £6 for the chargeable children. There are various packages also.

There is plenty of free parking in the grounds.

Apart from the house there are a number of commercial activities including gift shops, a large garden centre, a busy farm shop (includes butchers) and a café i.e. lots of ways to spend money!

On our first visit we decided to make use of the pleasant weather and wander the grounds only - I say wander but we did take advantage of the tractor pulling visitor “carriages” from the entrance to the house and then down to the lake and kids adventure playground. It’s not quite a carriage in the grand sense but saves the legs.

We then wandered through Ray Wood which has seasonal walks mapped out (a plan of the estate is provided with your tickets). I can imagine that at times, perhaps best in Autumn, these will be of more interest however having missed the rhododendrons there wasn’t a lot to see there on our visit. It was peaceful.

The “Site of the Temple of Venus” is just that - a site with some foundations and nothing else. The “Temple of the Four Winds” however is intact and worth seeing. There are nice views from here looking across to the New River Bridge and in the distance the Mausoleum. The grass avenue leading back towards the house provides elevated views of the property and has several garden sculptures. From here we headed down the slope to the South Lake and strolled around that to admire the house from a distance. By the time we reached the formal gardens at the house we were almost picturing ourselves walking on OUR estate and enjoying the scenery - if only it weren’t for all these others! That said, the grounds are huge so at no time did they appear crowded. The Atlas Fountain was in full working order and is quite a sight although the walled garden beyond looked a little neglected. My wife was surprised at the apparent abandonment of the various vegetables which were going to seed and we both thought the walls would have sheltered a few more blooms despite the variances of the British weather - all a bit lacking in colour.

The grounds overall are picturesque and worth visiting though with hindsight I would buy a combined House & Grounds ticket for better value if you have the time to spend indoors.

Tea & coffee with scones, jam & cream for two at the Courtyard Café was pleasant (£10.70), with friendly staff in a slightly breezy environment (it‘s apparently often quite windy outside) although you can go inside too.

Visited August 2013
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