‘Victoria’ and Christmas make Castle Howard second most searched visitor attraction in the UK

The popularity of ITV1’s ‘Victoria’ and people planning ahead for Christmas have made Castle Howard the second most searched visitor attraction on Trip Advisor this autumn, as the search rankings were revealed this week.

“High quality costume dramas always prompt a resurgence in interest in historic houses, and with scenes from the incredibly popular Victoria filmed at Castle Howard, we’re delighted to be welcoming more visitors keen to find out more,” comments communications manager, Hannah Cooke.  “We’ve also seen a huge surge in bookings for our Christmas period over the last few weeks as families book their visits to see Father Christmas and social groups plan their afternoon tea get-togethers.”

Interest in Castle Howard has also been boosted by a series of national press articles featuring a stunning gingerbread replica of the house, which is currently being baked and constructed by architectural foodsmiths, Bompas & Parr, and which will form the centrepiece of the Christmas displays.  Measuring around 2.5m by 3.5m in size, the display will feature the house as originally designed by Sir John Vanbrugh, a miniature railway with train passing through a scale model of the Castle Howard station used by Queen Victoria, as well as many of the key architectural landmarks from around the estate.

Visitors have until this Sunday (30 October) to enjoy the house before it closes for 20 days whilst staff transform it into a festive wonderland, with beautiful decorations and Christmas trees in many of the public areas.  The grounds – which are incredibly popular at this time of year when the trees take on myriad shades of gold, red and brown – remain open throughout.

The house reopens for Christmas from Saturday 19 November to Friday 23 December.

For more information, or to book a visit, please visit www.castlehoward.co.uk

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Issued by: Jay Commins, Pyper York
Date: 27 October 2016
Telephone: 01904 500 698
Email: jay@pyperyork.co.uk

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Castle Howard is one of Britain's finest houses & gardens. Castle Howard is a magnificent 18th century residence set within 1,000 acres of breathtaking landscape in the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the heart of North Yorkshire. Visit and enjoy world-renowned collections, stunning architecture and inspiring family stories. Relax amid idyllic gardens, enjoy woodland and lakeside walks, and let off steam on the adventure playground. Castle Howard's changing programme of events and exhibitions offers something for all the family, as well as an excuse to visit time and time again. Many people contribute to the upkeep of Castle Howard and with this comes the challenge of securing it for future generations. Restoration and conservation work to the house and across the 10,000 acre estate, including nearly 200 listed buildings and monuments, is ongoing.

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