Building work began in 1699, but it took over a century to complete the construction of Castle Howard. This vast estate, situated outside York, has been under the stewardship of the Howard family for some eight generations, and they still run and maintain the Castle to this day. The magnificence of the house and gardens– which encompass a number of classical styles — has drawn film and television crews over the years, with productions ranging from multiple Brideshead Revisited adaptations, Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon and Netflix series Bridgerton all utilising the venue.
Today, visitors can marvel at the architecture on guided tours, experience exhibitions and collections, as well as explore the extensive gardens and grounds — including the Skelf Island Adventure Playground. There’s also an on-site restaurant with fine dining, a coffee shop, farm shop and even a garden centre. It’s also worth checking out the event listings in advance, as Castle Howard is known to host everything from outdoor film screenings to glittering winter light displays.