Castle Howard grounds and gardens to reopen with new safety measures

Blue sky, thinking of returning: Castle Howard’s grounds and gardens are reopening from June 1

THE Castle Howard gardens and grounds, near York, will reopen from next week with new health and safety measures in place in these continuing Covid-19 times.

Castle Howard members will be able to visit from Wednesday, June 3, and then all visitors, from Monday, June 8.

All visitors will be required to pre-book tickets online via the Castle Howard website, for capacity management purposes, and will then self-scan at the ticket office to enable contactless entry to the gardens. 

New safety measures have been put in place to reflect the Government’s social-distancing guidelines and full information can be found on the Castle Howard website.

In the first weeks of opening, the focus will be on allowing visitors back into the gardens with limited facilities. Reopening of outlets will be reintroduced over the coming weeks when the necessary systems and risk assessments are in place and team members are trained up to operate each outlet safely.

Access to the gardens will exclude the playground at this stage, but will include takeaway catering outlets, and the farm shop and garden centre remain open daily. 

Abbigail Ollive, head of marketing and sales, says: “The team at Castle Howard have been working hard behind the scenes to put our reopening plans into action and we are delighted that we’ll be welcoming back members and visitors over the next couple of weeks.

“The safety of our employees and our visitors is paramount, so we’d advise anyone planning to visit to read the guidelines on our website and pre-book a ticket online. The world might have changed significantly, but the stunning Yorkshire landscape and open spaces that we can offer at Caste Howard have not changed and we know how pleased visitors will be to have access once again to the gardens.” 

Castle Howard reopening dates and times:

For the first five days of re-opening, from June 3 to 7, Castle Howard will open the gardens only for Friends/Members between 10am and 5pm. 

From June 8, daily opening hours for all visitors will be 10am to 5pm; the gardens will close at 6pm.

From June 15, Castle Howard will offer Members-only entry hours from 9am to 10am and from 5pm to 6pm. The gardens will close at 7pm. 

Booking for the general public will go live on Tuesday, June 2. To book, visit