MALTON, York, YO60 7DA
The full magnificence of this grand 18th-century stately home is best appreciated from the south, where it is viewed in dramatic outline against the horizon. It may well seem familiar to you - two versions of Evelyn Waugh's tale of love and loss, Brideshead Revisited, have been filmed here. There are formal gardens and grounds of around 1,000 acres to explore. Inside, the sheer scale of the Grand Staircase and the vast, echoing rooms are imposing, and there is no denying the splendour of the bedrooms and dressing rooms that follow, even if the opulent taste is over the top. Queen Victoria slept in the 18th-century bed with its unusual circular top, which dominates the Dressing Room. On the occasion of her visit in 1850, gas was first installed in the castle, and her entrance was heralded with a display of flames spelling out 'God Save the Queen' on the hall balcony. The Great Hall is a triumph of architect John Vanbrugh's art on an altogether different scale. Its vastness is accentuated by the heavy pillars that draw the eye upwards to the wrought-iron balcony of the gallery and the dizzying height of the painted dome. By comparison, the rest of the house seems positively domestic, but a series of glittering state rooms provide the setting for a collection of fabulous paintings.
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House & Grounds £14 (ch £7.50, under 5 free, concessions £12). Family (2ad+2ch) £35.50, (2ad+3ch) £43. Grounds only £9.50 (ch £6, under 5 free, concessions £9). Family (2ad+2ch) £25, (2ad+3ch) £31. Stable courtyard, garden centre free. Prices vary by season, please check updated admission prices on web
House open daily high season, 23 Mar-3 Nov & 23 Nov-22 Dec 10-5 (house from 11, last admission 4)
Restricted access to High South & chapel
Off A64, follow brown tourist signs