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Castle Howard

Castle Howard is located 25 miles (40 km) north of York in North Yorkshire, England.  Built by Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle, this was the first building of any kind designed by Sir John Vanbrugh. Nicholas Hawksmoor also played an important part in the realisation of the design. Building started in 1700. Three hundred acres of formal and woodland gardens were laid out around this classical building from the 18th century to the present day. A spectacular fountain is found in the front courtyard and peacocks and other fauna are scattered throughout the grounds. Inside the house are many rooms containing paintings by Reynolds, Gainsborough, Holbein, Rubens, and a host of other famous artists, along with antique and classical sculpture, fine furniture, and the many and varied objects which have been accumulated over three hundred years.

Fountain in front courtyard showing Atlas holding up the Earth


Castle Howard, rear view


Live peacock and two hens on the steps of Castle Howard