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Reviewed July 13, 2019

Apparently this place has a near cult following because of a TV show/mini-series or some such... ok, I'll take your word on that. anyhoo, this is a family home, still occupied by the original family I believe. yes, it is a very impressive abode, but these places always have me wondering how great-great grandpa made his money and how many working folks he ground into the dirt to get and keep his loot.
mind you, the building itself is impressive, and it is good to know the little folks are willing to kick in and help with the upkeep. you might well be asking why the heck I bothered visiting the place?... trust me, if it wasn't for the missus, I would have kept right on driving back towards York after our visit to the Captain Cook Museum in Whitby.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed July 12, 2019

We visited in the afternoon there was two tours available one at 3.30 and the other at 4 p.m. The tour caters for 20 people. We visited the grounds, boat house and shop whilst waiting for the tour to begin, we arrived back at the meeting point in good time but it soon became apparent the tour was oversubscribed (maybe 50 people). The crowd was told that they would not all get on the tour only the first 20 then there was a free for all. We did get on the tour but the tour guide was in a hurry, she didn't wait for people to get into the rooms before talking, she didn't elaborate, in fact she was somewhat forgetful. All in all not a good experience.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 11, 2019 via mobile

I suspect many visitors come here because of the use of the house for the making of the Brideshead TV series and the subsequent film. The real story here is actually the fire that destroyed large parts of the house, especially the central tower and its iconic cupola. The restoration has been very good, but much of the house remains unusable. The central hall is magnificent, as are the grounds. A good place to visit.

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank Nicholas H
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Reviewed July 10, 2019

We drove here from Helmsley, and the final remarkably straight stretch of road leading to the castle's Obelisk is truly awe-inspiring. We parked in a conveniently-located disabled bay, and my wife guided my powered wheelchair through the archway to the open-air cafe, where we enjoyed a coffee while watching the ravens boldly seeking dropped particles of food. Sadly, I was unable to access the road train running through the extensive grounds, and feel this needs to be reviewed but, having said that, we truly enjoyed our visit.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank David C
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CastleHowardEst, Public Relations Manager at Castle Howard, responded to this reviewResponded July 17, 2019

Many thanks for taking the time to leave us your feedback, we really appreciate your comments. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit but we are very sorry that you weren't able to access the land train. The land train is accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs so we are really keen to understand what happened and why we let you down on this. Thank you again for your feedback, best wishes

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Reviewed July 10, 2019 via mobile

This is a fairly small garden centre within the grounds of Castle Howard estate with a good choice of plants and garden sundries with knowledgeable and helpful staff in a lovely picturesque location with the added bonus of a few courtyard shops and cafes next door, a nice place to spend a couple of hours if visiting Castle Howard.

Date of experience: July 2019
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