Near York, North Yorkshire
Average time spent – 3+ hours.
Things to do at Castle Howard review
One, well two, of the best things for families about Castle Howard is their adventure playgrounds. They already had one excellent play area with lots to play on including climbing frames, slides, swings and more. Then recently they added Skelf Island. This is an adventure play area which you get to by crossing a bridge to an island (there’s even a rope bridge if you dare). Skelf island has zip wires, lots to climb on, rope bridges and slides.
As well as the play areas there is a mighty fine house to explore. If you don’t fancy the walk back up the hill to the house there’s usually a handy land train running. Which, although pulled by a tractor, is one of the best-looking land trains I’ve ever seen.
They have trails for kids around the house which is a great way of getting them to pay attention and not zoom through the house. Castle Howard is very Italian in design and there are some magnificent rooms and statues.
There are also some picturesque woods to walk around. Again these often have trails in them for kids. The grounds at Castle Howard are magnificent and very well kept. The Atlas Fountain is jaw-dropping. Make sure you go to see it after 12 pm when the water has been turned on. You can also walk past some amazing statues to see the Temple of the four winds. The walled gardens are also lovely, make sure you stop by to see the fish.
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Important Information Castle Howard
Eating – There are three cafes at Castle Howard selling hot and cold food and drinks.
Facilities in brief – Grand house with trails and rooms to explore. Adventure playground plus a second adventure playground on an island, fantastic grounds with lots to see and do. There are toilets on-site, cafes and a shop.
Entry price – *Higher-priced
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Higher priced – between £13 to £18 per adult online in advance only (it is more on the day). Children are much cheaper at just under £10 each. Under 4’s are free. It is free to park. It is also cheaper if you just want to purchase a ticket for the grounds.
Opening: Castle Howard is open for most of the year, although the house itself does close from time to time for events. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Dog friendly? Dogs are welcome in the grounds but not the play areas.
Information on accessibility – They strive to make Castle Howard as accessible as possible
Address: Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA, North Yorkshire, England. Phone: 01653 648333
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Category – Historical house with excellent playgrounds. Indoors and outdoors, suitable for all ages.
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