Castle Howard Lakeside Country Park is a beautiful campsite in North Yorkshire, in the grounds of the historic stately home, set within the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The camping and touring section of the holiday park is open from 1st March to 31st October every year, while those who own the holiday caravans on an adjacent static caravan site are welcome to stay at any time throughout the year.
Castle Howard’s touring park has 20 pitches available that are suitable for touring caravans and motorhomes, while additional space is available for guests wishing to pitch tents at the park. Pitches for caravans and motorhomes are hard standings with electric hook-ups and are all serviced; a toilet and shower block and laundry facilities are also available on the site for guests wishing to use them.
Park facilities include late arrival service. There is also a farm shop and café in the Stable Courtyard at Castle Howard (free admission for holiday home owners).
The park is a short distance outside of the charming village of Coneysthorpe, and there are shops and cafés within easy reach of the park. Anyone looking to explore their surroundings will find a number of walkways and trails that head out from the vicinity of Castle Howard Lakeside Country Park, reaching across the Howardian Hills and further north into the beautiful North York Moors National Park. There are plenty of scenic routes to explore for walking and cycling enthusiasts, while horse riding can be enjoyed from various locations nearby.
As the name of the park suggests, there is also the aptly named Castle Howard Great Lake that you can enjoy from the campsite. The Lake is a great location for gentle walks and you can also explore the 1,000 acres of stunning parkland and gardens surrounding Castle Howard stately home.
If you prefer to enjoy a relaxing day out without getting physical yourself, take a train ride on the scenic North Yorkshire Moors Railway, which is a brilliant experience. Other “must do” experiences for your holidays in this part of North Yorkshire include exploring the countryside in the car or motorhome and taking in as many of the beautiful villages and market towns as you possibly can.
The nearest major city to Castle Howard Lakeside Country Park is York, and as one of the most popular tourist cities in the United Kingdom there is plenty to see and do. History and heritage is everywhere you go in the city, and the best attractions include York Minster, the Jorvik Viking Centre, the National Railway Museum, and York Castle Museum. Around York you’ll find plenty of open space, ideal for family picnics with a chance for you and your children to run around freely.
In addition to being a beautiful city steeped in its rich past, York also has all the modern amenities you would expect to find, including an array of shops, restaurants, and bars, as well as cultural attractions such as art galleries and theatres. York really is a city for everyone and all guests staying at Castle Howard are encouraged to spend at least a day exploring the place.
The location of the park also makes a trip out to the iconic Yorkshire Coast an easy day out option. Whether you visit the coastline close to Whitby and Scarborough that has the North York Moors as the backdrop or the towns further south such as Filey and Bridlington, all locations offer plenty to do, with seaside town staples such as amusement arcades, fun fairs and rides, and fish and chip shops found in all of them.
For more things to do and places to visit in Yorkshire, check out Practical Caravan magazine’s Guide to Caravan Holidays in North Yorkshire (http://www.practicalcaravan.com/caravan-travel-guides/29794-north-yorkshire).
Whether guests are looking to explore countryside villages, the beautiful surrounding landscape, head into York or out to the coast, Castle Howard Lakeside Caravan Park is a perfect base for exploring all of what Yorkshire has to offer.