Visit to Castle Howard

Visit to Castle Howard

On the afternoon of the second day of our visit to Yorkshire, we visited Castle Howard. When Brideshead Revisited was broadcast in 1981 it catapulted Castle Howard into the public eye and today, for many, the house remains synonymous with Evelyn Waugh’s iconic novel.

Construction on this magnificent building began in 1699, and took over 100 years to complete, spanning the lifetimes of three Earls.

The castle is owned by the Howard family, who still live in the East Wing of the building. If you want to learn more about the Howard family, who can trace their ancestry back to Henry V111, you can read more here.

The surrounding grounds and gardens are breathtaking. My few photographs hardly do it justice.

Take a virtual tour of the magnificent gardens.

Visit to Castle Howard

Part of the walled rose garden.

Gardens at Castle Howard

Everywhere you looked there were statues and artefacts enhancing the glory of the landscape.

Visit to Castle Howard

With 1,000 acres to explore, Castle Howard is a haven of peace and tranquillity with extensive woodland walks, temples, lakes and fountains.


Visit to Castle Howard

Castle Howard is well-known for its seasonal displays of daffodils, rhododendrons, bluebells, roses and autumn colour and in the colder months, vast winter skies and sparkling frosty lakes and lawns make for dramatic vistas.

The monumental landscape offers breathtaking views at every turn, taking in the countryside of the Howardian Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Visit to Castle Howard

We took a grand tour of the castle. Above is an example of the many priceless antique pieces many of which had been acquired over the generations by the various Earls.

A re-cap of my capsule travel wardrobe and what I found most useful on this trip. I found that a combination of trousers/jeans, tee shirt and light sweater were the most practical. Above I am wearing my white jeans (US link) and my pink cashmere sweater WoolOvers (US link) over a white tee shirt. See my post Packing for my trip to York for full outfit details.

We were incredibly lucky with the weather and I only wore a light jacket once. Having said that I would still stick to my previous recommendations as shown below:-


  1. Janis
    25th August 2017 / 15:19

    I love the pale pinks and blues you style. They look beautiful with your skin tone and are outfits I love to “copy”. Thanks!

  2. Debbie Hull
    25th August 2017 / 16:05

    I first saw you on 60 and me and I am enjoying your site. You dressed so nice on your trip. You have a lovely style of dressing. I enjoy your site. I am so glad that I found you on 60 and me.

    • 27th August 2017 / 18:55

      Hi Debbie
      Thank you for your comment and glad you like my blog. Look forward to hearing from you again soon.

    25th August 2017 / 16:59

    DO you think they would open the DOORS for this CONTESSA??
    What a great trip you did around your country!

  4. Marguerite Krenek
    25th August 2017 / 17:09

    These pictures are beautiful and you just add to them! I’m visiting York in early December. Would you recommend visiting the castle then? I researched the hotel you stayed in, but it is not available on our dates. Would you be able to recommend another? Many thanks, Josephine

    • 27th August 2017 / 18:51

      Hi Marguerite
      Yes, I would definitely recommend visiting the castle. It really is magnificent and I think the gardens will still have some colour in December. If not the perspectives are magnificent.
      We booked our hotel way in advance I think it is very popular and not very big. I will ask my northern friends if they know of another one and get back to you.

  5. 26th August 2017 / 16:43

    What a fabulous post! You chose your travel wardrobe well. And your destination is da bomb! Thank you so much for these pictures and links.

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