About Castle Howard
With Yorkshire being voted the third best region for travel in 2014 by Lonely Planet magazine (being edged by Australia and India), there’s never been a better time to visit God’s Own County and Castle Howard.
The construction of Castle Howard took more than 100 years before being finally completed in the 18th Century, and spanned the lifetime of three earls and numerous architects, although Sir John Vanbrugh is credited with the original design. The Great Lake is the setting for the swim section of the triathlon.
Set in the Howardian Hills, the bike legs initially take in the 18th Century Avenue, a main road that runs in a straight line from south to north for five miles. The run will pass The Temple of the Four Winds and one of the finest, free-standing mausoleums in Europe. A hop over New River Bridge, a circumnavigation of South Lake and the Atlas Fountain will take racers to the finishing straight in front of Castle Howard itself.
Castle Howard (which is actually a stately home), has been a regular backdrop for films and television, with both ITV’s lauded Brideshead Revisited in the early 1980s and the acclaimed 2008 feature film production shot on location here, hence the name of our adult races. The film industry also visited Castle Howard for 2006’s Garfield 2: The Prince and the Paw-per, the sequel to Garfield: The Movie and the name of our junior and children’s races.