A much treasured attraction, Arundel Castle in West Sussex is one of England’s largest complete and inhabited castles, nestled amongst 40 acres of stunning grounds and gardens.
Founded in 1067 by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel, the Castle now serves as the ancestral seat and family home of the 18th Duke of Norfolk, the Earl Marshal of England.
Rooted in more than a millennium of history, Arundel Castle offers a full and engaging day out for young and not so young alike. Visitors can enjoy pre-booked guided tours or independent free-flow visits, taking in the Castle’s carefully preserved rooms, from the Armoury and Barons’ Hall through to the beautiful Regency library.
One of the Castle’s oldest features, the 30-foot tall Norman Motte and Keep provides breathtaking views across the nearby River Arun, the South Downs and a spectacular panoramic vista of West Sussex.
Keen art fans can enjoy a rare collection of paintings by renowned artists including Van Dyck, Gainsborough and Canaletto, whilst film and television buffs may recognise locations from Doctor Who, The Young Victoria and The Madness of King George.
Green-fingered visitors can bask in Arundel Castle’s dazzling walled gardens, including The Collector Earl’s Garden, officially opened by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2008, functional Organic Kitchen Garden, sweetly-scented Rose Garden and the highly acclaimed Stumpery.
Arundel Castle also proudly offers a busy events calendar, bringing its history to life throughout the open season. From high octane battles of Normans and Crusaders, and a three-day Castle Siege, to more sedate classic car shows and open-air Shakespeare performances.
The highlight of Arundel Castle’s events is the awe-inspiring Jousting and Medieval Tournament Week, which showcases the skill, sportsmanship and flair of competitors from across the globe. The week-long event attracts large audiences from far and wide to enjoy the magnificent 15th century jousting action.
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