Castle Howard Daffodils
Looking over a bed of daffodils towards the main house of Castle Howard.
Castle Howard is a large stately home 15 miles north of York, home to the Howards, members of the English aristocracy, since the time of Charles Howard, third Earl of Carlisle.
A large 18th century main building with widespread landscaped ground, including two lakes, numerous statues and intricately laid out gardens, it is a popular tourist spot.
Both the TV and film versions of Brideshead Revisited were filmed here, taking advantage of the interior and exterior locations, with the money raised from renting out the property helping to repair fire damage from the 1940s.
The house was designed by Sir John Vanburgh and Nicholas Hawksmoor in 1699 and took more than 100 years to complete. The original design included a big dome over the Great Hall, which collapsed due to fire damage but was repaired and restored afterwards based on old pictures and photographs.
The grounds cover more than 1,000 acres and the temples, follies, gardens and lakes date from the 1700s, while the fountains and waterways were installed between 1850 and 1865.