Castle Howard dominates and impresses!
Nestled in the Howardian Hills AONB, this stunning palace with its iconic dome is most definitely a landmark in Yorkshire.
Charles Howard started building this palace in the 17th-century and by the start of the 19th-century Castle Howard in its entirety was complete.
Today, Castle Howard is a multi-million-pound business and it tends to feel a bit like an amusement park.
But do not be discouraged! The grounds are big enough to escape the crowds and get lost in.
Public rights of way thread through the wider estate. This allows you to get a view for free of the house from a distance.
The hamlet of Coneysthorpe makes a good starting point for walks.
To the north a fine section of the Ebor Way offers great views of the Vale of Pickering.
The Ebor Way is a 70-mile (112 km) long-distance footpath from Helmsley, North Yorkshire to Ilkley, West Yorkshire. It takes its name from Eboracum, the Roman name for York.
This walk connects the Cleveland Way and Dales Way running through the low-lying Vale of York.
Cool Places to Explore: Yorkshire Wolds Way.
Cool Places to Stay: Hobbits Cottage.