Sunny days are sometimes hard to come by during a British summer, so when they do, the Brits do their best to make the most of it. We made a spontaneous decision to go visit a nearby stately home called Castle Howard.
Castle Howard is about 41 miles from Hull, south of the North York Moors National Park, and near the ancient city of York. My family moved to Hull in 1992, where my parents still live in the same house. If you find yourself in the area, a visit to Castle Howard is highly recommended.
The drive takes about an hour on the A1079 from Hull. The approach to the residence is magnificent, with fort-like walls skirting the perimeter of the huge property. There is ample parking outside the property, which opens up to a ticket office, cafe, and courtyard. Ticket prices and various combinations of tickets (including afternoon tea) can be found here.
As soon as we got our tickets, we waited for a little ‘Land train’, an extremely slow vehicle which had multiple open-air cars. It meandered very slowly through some of the most breathtaking English scenery. We had lunch at the Boathouse Courtyard, eating bacon baps overlooking a pond with dragonflies buzzing around us. It couldn’t be further away from Manhattan! We boarded the train again to explore the magnificent house. I felt I was in a period novel, in my 1920s attire, walking around the stunning rooms, all set in the early 1900s. Dinner rooms with place settings for 10, exquisite bone china, solid wood furniture, velvet curtains, intricate chandeliers took me to another world. A magnificent water fountain and symmetrically landscaped green lawns soothed my eyes and being. This heritage househas featured prominently in many TV shows and movies, most notably in Brideshead Revisited (2008).
I think the image speaks for itself. Take a leap of faith, and visit Castle Howard in Yorkshire. And others, of which the UK has many, many.