Castle Howard is like that; ropes and signs clearly show you where you can and where you can't go, but otherwise, you can spend as much or little time as you want in each room. There are information sheets ready for you placed in some of the rooms, and a kind person to keep an eye on things and offer more detail and some interesting stories if you want to know more.
He has the best place of all, I think:
A little light reading to take on the plane tomorrow, maybe?
The chapel was designed by William Morris. It was rather dark, but I think I still managed to give you an impression of its general atmosphere:
Castle Howard is great inside, but to be honest, what I enjoyed most while in the house were the views from the windows across the grounds. Apart from one or two of the bedrooms, it just didn't feel like a place where I would like to live; too grand for me in all its Baroque opulence.
It was now time to explore the grounds, where there was so much to see we didn't even get around to look at everything, but it was still more than what I'll fit into one post
Looks like a grand place indeed, thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
You are welcome - thanks for looking!Delete
What a sense of history this castle gives one. Almost overwhelming.ReplyDelete
It also gives one a sense of how much wealth one single family was able to accumulate...Delete
It looks grand and opulent indeed! A place like that would make me feel very small and humble. I enjoyed taking the tour from the comfort of my cozy living room!ReplyDelete
It must have been a nightmare to keep warm in winter...! The bedrooms were a lot smaller, so I suppose they wouldn't have been as cold.Delete
Oh yes, I like the views the most!ReplyDelete
They were great from every window!Delete
The light that day has made this set of photos especially eye-catching - you really have captured the essence of Castle Howard.ReplyDelete
Thank you very much for this compliment, Neil!Delete
The splendid opulence is overwhelming. It's definitely the sort of place to be looked at and admired for the workmanship and so on. Comfortable on the other hand? Definitely not.ReplyDelete
Exactly my feelings, Graham. I did very much like the chairs in the two bedrooms I photographed at the beginning of our visit.Delete