Castle Howard took over 100 years to build.
It is the private home of the Howard family.
Ten generations of Howards have lived continuously in the house ever since it was built by Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle, at the beginning of the 18th century.
The China Landing at the top of the first staircase houses 300 pieces of china!
Lady Georgiana’s bedroom is filled with 19th century portraits of the Howard family…
Moving on through to another bedroom and dressing room.
The furniture in here is by the Georgian cabinet maker John Linnell.
^ If everyone had a desk like this we would all be writers with the best handwriting, I’m sure.
The crowning masterpiece at Castle Howard is The Great Hall.
From the outside the dome provides a striking silhouette raising the roof to over 70 feet in the air. Inside, it creates a theatre of space.
In common with many large country houses, Castle Howard has a private chapel.
The ceiling is based on Holbein’s designs for the Royal Chapel in St James’s Palace.
And the stained glass windows were designed by Edward Burne-Jones and executed by William Morris & Co in 1872.
Summer in the UK means that we have to buy waterproof jackets. Luckily, I have a lovely one (now on sale!)
Castle Howard is the best place to spend the day. Visiting information can be found on their website.