The Stray Walls, Castle Howard

The Stray Walls, Castle Howard, York, North Yorkshire YO60 7DA View on map

Bastion walls with interval towers running east to west for approximately 1 mile, immediately south of the Pyramid Gate. Designed c1723 by Vanbrugh as part of the spectacular southern approach to Castle Howard. Castle Howard itself was designed by Vanbrugh in the early 18th century and is situated in 1,000 acres of landscaped grounds which include numerous other 18th century monuments.


Opening Arrangements

The Stray Walls lie outside the Castle Howard paid visitor area and can be viewed free of charge at any reasonable time. The western section is best viewed from the permissive path to its south, and the eastern section from the public footpath running from the Avenue. The Stray Walls are also included in specialist tours of the landscape monuments, when closer access is available (contact the Estate Office for details). The opening arrangements for Castle Howard are displayed on the website. Admission charges for Castle Howard are given below, although these may vary according to the season; please check the website for up to date details.

Admission Charges

  • Adult: £18.95
  • Child: £9.95 (4-16)
  • Other Charges: £17.50


Located 15 miles north of York on the A64. Rail: Malton (6 miles) or York (15 miles). Bus: direct service by Stephensons from York.

Parking Spaces


Available in the main Castle Howard car park.

Disabled Access

  • Wheelchair access: Partial
  • Disabled Toilets: Yes
  • Assistance dogs: No