Arundel Castle
Aerial view of Arundel CastleArundel Castle in West Sussex is one of the largest inhabited and complete castles in England. It was built in 1067 by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel, and serves as the ancestral seat and family home of the 18th Duke of Norfolk.

Visitors have the opportunity to roam the Castle – from the Armoury, to the beautiful Regency library through to opulent Victorian bedrooms, including the bedroom suite designed for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert during their stay at Arundel Castle in 1846.

For keen art fans, Arundel Castle houses a rare collection of paintings including Van Dyck, Gainsborough and Canaletto, as well as finely preserved furniture and tapestries. The 11th Century Motte and Keep offer breathtaking views across Arundel, the nearby River Arun and the South Downs; scaling the 30-foot tall Keep is rewarded with magnificent views of Arundel Cathedral and the south coast. Set within the Castle grounds, the Fitzalan Chapel was founded in 1380, and is one of the country’s finest examples of Gothic architecture. In 1879, it was deemed that the Chapel was an independent ecclesiastical structure - not part of the parish church, and as such it continued to be Catholic. A glass wall now divides the Fitzalan Chapel from the parish church; an unusual, if not unique, occurrence in England.
The Collector Earls Gardenm at Arundel Castle
Arundel Castle’s gardens have been open to the public for more than 250 years. HRH The Prince of Wales officially opened the Collector Earl’s Garden in 2008, an installation conceived as a tribute to Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel, who was known as The Collector. This garden showcases a delightful rill pond, a rockwork ‘mountain’ and Oberon’s Palace, a spectacular shell-lined enclosure which hosts open air Shakespeare performances as part of the Arundel Festival in August each year. The most recent addition to the gardens is the Stumpery; while the walled gardens boast stimulating Herbaceous Borders, a fully functional Organic Kitchen Garden and a beautiful rose garden heavy with scented blooms at the height of summer.
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Arundel Castle's bustling calendar of events each year provides professional historical interpretations of periods throughout the Castle’s impressive history. Events range from the battles of Normans and Crusaders, to a Siege of the Castle by rebels and an exploration of Life in a Medieval Castle in the 12th Century.
 
The calendar culminates in an exhilarating week-long Medieval Joust and Tournament with competitors from across the globe gathering to test their skills and showcase their jousting prowess. Jousting and Medieval Tournament Week (21-26 July) is Europe’s largest and longest competition of its kind, drawing audiences from far and wide keen to see the ancient art of jousting performed in the shadow of the mighty Castle.

Just a short walk from Arundel train station, and only an hour from London, Arundel Castle is the ideal attraction for young and old alike. From historical thrills and culture rich tales of times gone by, to idyllic gardens and delicious home-baked cream teas, the Castle offers something to captivate and delight visitors from all walks of life.

Arundel Castle is open to visitors from 28 March until 01 November, Tuesday to Sunday, Mondays in August and Bank Holiday Mondays.

For further information on Arundel Castle, ticket prices and full 2015 event calendar Visit Arundel Castle website

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