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Winter and Christmas at Castle Howard

December 11, 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM EST

Castle Howard is truly one of England’s finest country houses. Nestled in the Howardian Hills of Yorkshire’s idyllic countryside, the estate features more than 200 buildings and monuments, breathtaking architecture, astounding gardens, and has been the home of the Carlisle branch of the Howard family for more than 300 years. Join Castle Howard Curator Dr. Christopher Ridgway for a virtual tour of its extensive gardens, storied interiors, and precious collections as they prepare to “deck the halls” for Christmas. He will discuss previous Christmas installations along with tales of life—indoors and outdoors—during Yorkshire’s winter. Don’t miss experiencing the winter wonderland that awaits you at Castle Howard!

Dr. Christopher Ridgway has been Curator at Castle Howard since 1985. He has lectured on the house, its history, and collections all over the world and published extensively. He is chair of the Yorkshire Country House Partnership—a collaborative research project among the houses of the region—and is adjunct professor at the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates at Maynooth University. He sits on the board of the Irish Heritage Trust and in 2019 was awarded a UK Heritage Awards, Lifetime Achievement Award. His recent publications include: "Castle Howard and Brideshead, Fact, Fiction and In-Between" (2011), "The Morpeth Roll, Ireland Identified in 1841" (2013), "George Howard, Lord Howard of Henderskelfe, A Life in Yorkshire and Beyond" (2019), and “New Walls for Old Pictures” in "Country House Collections: Their Past, Present, and Future" (forthcoming 2021), jointly edited with Terence Dooley. To learn more about Castle Howard, visit: