Last week I visited Castle Howard to see their Christmas decorations. Castle Howard is a stately home in North Yorkshire, just outside of York. I was contacted by the lovely people at AttractionTix, who sent over a York Pass which gains you access into many attractions in the city and also around York. I had previously bought a pass from them back when I went to New York and If you’re going to a couple of attractions, it is totally worth it.
Although I’ve visited Castle Howard, I never have at Christmas to see their decorations so this was the perfect opportunity. It’s become a little tradition to visit a big stately home before Christmas, last year we went to Chatsworth which you can read about here. The York Pass is super easy to use and will activate at your first attraction. All you do is hand over the pass at the entrance and that’s your ticket!
The big dampener on the day was the weather and unfortunately, it wasn’t the best so we didn’t explore the grounds and gardens, but luckily they did have a little tractor train to get around from the market and shops to the house. The house was decorated incredibly with room after room filled with Christmas Trees and open lit fires which made it so homely and welcoming. Part of the house was destroyed in a fire in 1940, but they have restored some of the rooms to be used in movies and TV Shows which w
as really interesting to see and hear about.
After exploring the house, we visited the Fitzroy restaurant for an amazing Christmas Turkey dinner which was really on point. It was super busy in the restaurant, but we did visit on a weekend. There was also plenty of little shops selling cute Christmas decoration, a farm shop and a garden centre. As we visited on the lead up to Christmas, each weekend there is a little Christmas market in the courtyard selling gifts from independent local business’, we did end up caving and buying a lot of delicious cakes to take home with us.
I had such a lovely time at Castle Howard and I’d definitely visit in Summer to explore the grounds. Keep your eyes peeled for my blog post on my day in York visiting some more attractions with York Pass. Check out my vlog from the weekend here and don’t forget to subscribe!
Have you visited Castle Howard? or another stately home this Christmas? Have you used a city pass like the York Pass before?