Although the Castle closes for January and February, there is no mistaking it’s presence, and winter skies allow for some amazing photo opportunities! The gardens, however, remain open throughout the year and are a delight to visit in the colder months. Over 1000 acres to explore with breathtaking views, lakes, waterways, a waterfall, fountains, temples and monuments, a statue trail (perfect for the kids) and woodland boasting a botanical collection from around the globe. There is also all manner of flora, fauna and fungi, so visitors are guaranteed a real treat. This is nature at its finest, and stunning wildlife and birdlife sightings are perfectly likely on walks around this amazingly diverse landscape.
Visitors who are driven to do more than soak up the scenery, can enjoy adrenalin-fuelled runs, rambles and bike rides. For days out there’s wonderful York, the bustling market town of Malton (Yorkshire’s food capital), the glorious winter beauty of the North York Moors and traditional seaside towns and villages, perfect for fish and chips and wave-watching.
Guests will be delighted to know that the area also boasts everything from delicious bakeries to Michelin-star brasseries, traditional pubs to cosmopolitan wine bars, snuggly tearooms to farmers’ and artisan markets.
There’s something for everyone here and a holiday cottage at Castle Howard can be a peaceful retreat, a cosy break, or an activity-packed break from the norm – which is why those who visit often return. Previous guests have even bought a holiday home here, as owning a home at Castle Howard Lakeside Holiday Park means they can visit as often as they like. Now there’s an idea!