The area around York is a ‘hot spot’ when it comes to sites of historic interest and natural beauty but one destination not to be missed is the stately home of Castle Howard. This magnificent building has been the home of the Howard family for more than 300 years; they are known to have connections to the Boleyn’s. TV Drama fans might know it for being the setting for ‘Brideshead’ and ‘Brideshead Revisited’. Castle Howard is a Grade 1 listed building and is one of the largest and finest houses in the country it was built between 1699 and 1712 and designed by Architect Sir John Vanbrugh an English Architect and dramatist who also designed Blenheim Palace. Sir John Vanbrugh was assisted in the construction of Castle Howard by Architect Nicholas Hawkesmoor who was also an assistant to Sir Christopher Wren.
Two side wings sit alongside the central domed block but these had not been completed at the time of Vanbrugh’s death in 1726 and so the construction was finished by Sir Thomas Robinson.
Inside there are a spectacular long Gallery and Chapel Hall and a collection of period furniture and paintings including works by Gainsborough, Reynolds and Romney.
The house was badly damaged by fire on the 9th November 1940. The Dome, the Central Hall, Dining Room and the State Rooms on the East side were completely destroyed.
In 2003, Channel 4’s Time Team excavated the grounds searching for evidence of a lost Village that was destroyed when the gardens were landscaped.
The grounds are vast and house a diversity of flora, lakeside and landscaped design including a very attractive ‘Temple of the Four Winds’ that was completed by Nicholas Hawkesmoor based upon a design by Vanbrugh. A circular mausoleum can also be seen.
Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Railway Street, Slingsby
North Yorkshire, England, YO62 4AN
+44 (0)1653 628 335
- Address: Hampton Hills (Road), Coneysthorpe, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, YO60 7DA
- GPS: 54.121325,-0.906030556
- Phone: 0044 (0) 1653 648 333
- Part of UK: England
- Sat Nav Postcode: YO60 7DA
- Entrance Fees: Entrance fees apply
- Disabled Access: Excellent support facilities
- Visibility from Road: Limited: Brief & distant view from The Stray (road)
- Image Credits: Header Image: Shanna Hyatt