In early December we finally made it to Castle Howard, an enormous manor home near York.

It has an impressive facade.

If the house looks familiar, it may be because it has been used in several films, including “Brideshead Revisited”.

The interior was just as impressive. The tour took us through several bedrooms, sitting rooms, dining rooms, the music room, the library, and some giant rooms for doing giant things. We had to move through at a rather brisk pace, as *someone* was in no mood for dawdling.

The house was in full-on Christmas mode. The front courtyard was hosting a small Christmas market. Inside, there were Christmas trees and garlands in almost every room and the fireplaces were all lit. In one of the giant rooms there was a piano player performing an arrangment of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. It was very festive.

After the tour we had a sandwich in the cafe before exploring some of the grounds. Neil enjoyed running around after have spent the entire tour being told he couldn’t touch anything.

We had a very enjoyable day out.

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