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Castle Howard Yorkshire

Castle Howard is a stately home in North Yorkshire, England, 15 miles (24 km) north of York. One of the grandest private residences in Britain, most of it was built between 1699 and 1712 for the 3rd Earl of Carlisle, to a design by Sir John Vanbrugh. It is not a true castle: The word is often used for English country houses constructed after the castle-building era (c.1500) and not intended for a military function.


Castle Howard has been the home of part of the Howard family for more than 300 years. It is familiar to television and movie audiences as the fictional "Brideshead", both in Granada Television's 1981 adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited and a two-hour 2008 remake for cinema. Today, it is part of the Treasure Houses of England heritage group.


These photos were taken while on holiday a couple of years ago. Filming was in progress at the time.


In addition to "Brideshead", Castle Howard has stood in for a number of cinematic and television settings:

Lady L (1965) with Sophia Loren, David Niven, Paul Newman, directed by Peter Ustinov

Lady Lyndon's estate in Stanley Kubrick's 1975 movie Barry Lyndon (exteriors)

Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties

Brideshead Revisited 1981 TV-serial

Brideshead Revisited 2008 film

The Buccaneers 1995 film

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Taken on July 7, 2007