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This site has the following component area(s):

The Yorkshire Arboretum

Castle Howard, South Parterre

Castle Howard, Walled Garden

Castle Howard, Ray Wood


Brief description of site

Castle Howard is an extensively landscaped estate which includes gardens, pleasure grounds, a landscape park, woodland and agricultural land. The site has a mixture of formal and naturalistic features.

Brief history of site

The estate was acquired by the Howard family in 1571 when it was the site of Henderskelfe Castle and village. Henderskelfe was described by John Leland in 1540 who estimated that the park was '4 miles yn cumpace, and hath much fair young wood yn it'.
Sir John Vanbrugh began the design and layout of Castle Howard in 1699. Work on the gardens started in 1703. During the 18th century extensive work was carried out throughout the grounds.

Location information:

Address: Castle Howard Estate Ltd, Estate Office, Castle Howard, York, North Yorkshire, YO60 7DA

Locality: Malton, North Yorkshire

Local Authorities:

North Yorkshire; Ryedale; Henderskelfe

Historical County: North Riding of Yorkshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 100 Grid Ref: SE 716 701
Latitude: 54.1218 Longitude: -0.906003


Castle Howard is located 15 miles north east of York, just off the A64 in the direction of Malton.
If travelling from the north turn off the A1 onto the A61 to Thirsk and then take the A170 to Helmsley. Turn onto the B1257 just before Helmsley and follow the brown signs.
From the south turn off the A1M at junction 45 onto the A64 and follow east to York. Once past York follow the brown signs.
Castle Howard can also be reached by public transport by going to Malton which is 5 miles away.

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Key information:

Form of site: country estate

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: great house

Site first created: Before 1540

Main period of development: Early 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 1240

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