If you are looking for a great place to visit while on vacation take a tour of the Castle Howard which is located about fifteen miles northeast of York in Great Britain and is situated in one thousand acres of beautiful gardens and is a magnificent 18th century palace. The Castle is famous for its towering dome which according to historians was the first one constructed for a private residence in Great Britain. Tourists are amazed by the opulence of the Great Hall; the beautiful frescos located beneath the dome, the vibrant Turquoise Drawing room and the wonderfully decorated rooms.
The castle took over one hundred years to complete and during the construction of the castle lakes, temples, monuments as well as a grand mausoleum were created. The house as well as the grounds has been changed by the generations of family members. The Castle Howard is still considered to be the home for the Howard family and is a very popular tourist attraction which welcomes about two hundred thousand tourist on a yearly basis.
Tourists are allowed to take their time while touring the castle and enjoy viewing the gorgeous bedrooms of the castle and the wonderful Long Gallery as well as the Chapel.
Guides are situated at various locations in the house and offer a wide variety of information. The Castle is also famous for its collections of porcelain items, various paintings, statuary as well as furniture. The collections have been put together over the years and are placed with the portraits as well as family photographs.
The picture collection at the Castle Howard was put together in a little less than one hundred years. The 3rh, the 4th and the 5th Earls all selected various paintings while traveling in various European countries. The collection features paintings produced by the some of the great Italian master painters.
The porcelain collection at the Castle Howard contains over three hundred items which are situated in a beautiful mahogany cabinet on the China Landing. If you admire beautiful porcelain take some time and enjoy the beauty of the various pieces contained in the collection.
The Castle Howard also features a wonderful collection of sculptures which includes antique busts, marble columns, and statues as well as table tops which were purchased by the 4th Earl mainly while visiting Italy. The sculptures are situated in the Antique Passage which is basically a plain corridor made from stone.
If you have some time while touring the castle, have a look at the Kelly Murals which were produced by Felix Kelly. The murals feature imaginary Vanbrugh buildings which also contain certain features of the Castle Howard.
The Castle Howard is located in one thousand acres of attractive gardens. The Walled Garden is very popular with tourists and contains the Ornamental Vegetable Garden as well as the Rose Garden. Visitors enjoy the South Parterre garden which features the Attractive Atlas Fountain. The Ray Wood which is located to the east of the house contains numerous winding paths which offer enjoyable views.
The Castle Howard is well known for its 18th century style of landscaping however, a lot of the current landscapes at the castle have a Victorian style and the property has been recently restored and developed. Located southwest of the house the Walled Garden was constructed and the Satyr Gate was built in the very early seventeen hundreds. The garden was created in order to grow fruits and vegetables and during the 1750’s the garden was basically doubled in size.
While visiting the castle, if you have some time visit some of the beautiful lakes and ponds that are located at the castle and visit the beautiful Rose Garden which features more than two thousand modern types of roses. While visiting Europe take some time and visit the wonderful Castle Howard.