This morning, we departed our lodgings in York and drove north for 15 miles to Castle Howard, a 300 year-old grand house which is the home of the distinguished Howard family.
Features at Castle Howard include:
- Baroque architecture with hints of Catholicism.
- Great Hall with high dome and frescoes, carvings and wrought ironwork.
- Ornate chapel with work by pre-Raphaelite artists including William Morris.
- Temple of the Four Winds located away form the main building and offering 360 degree views.
- Garden statues.
- Ray Wood with extensive botanical collection.
- Grand entrances.
- Lake with water birds.
- Connection with Brideshead Revisited, both T.V. series and film.
Video clip of Castle Howard, front elevation.
The visit to Castle Howard was enhanced by dry, sunny weather which lasted until 3.00pm when rain set in.
We departed Castle Howard mid-afternoon and returned to York to spend time in the famous and historic Shambles shopping area which is now tourist orientated but has its origins in the medieval period.
Finally, we returned to our lodgings in York.
Tomorrow we visit Bracepeth (Yorkshire) and then Hadrian’s Wall.