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Arundel Castle

Founded in 1067, Arundel Castle in West Sussex is one of the largest inhabited and complete castles in England – a jewel in the crown of UK visitor attractions. Visitors have the opportunity to explore the Castle independently or enjoy pre-booked guided tours, from the Armoury and beautiful Regency library through to opulent Victorian bedrooms, and to discover 40 acres of stunning grounds and gardens including the award winning Collector Earl’s Garden.

History of Arundel Castle

There are nearly 1,000 years of history at this great castle, situated in magnificent grounds overlooking the River Arun in West Sussex and built at the end of the 11th century by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel. The oldest feature is the motte, an artificial mound, over 100 feet high from the dry moat, and constructed in 1068: followed by the gatehouse in 1070. Under his will, King Henry I (1068-1135) settled the Castle and lands in dower on his second wife, Adeliza of Louvain. Three years after his death she married William d'Albini II, who built the stone shell keep on the motte. King Henry II (1133-89), who built much of the oldest part of the stone Castle, in 1155 confirmed William d'Albini II as Earl of Arundel, with the Honour and Castle of Arundel. (more)

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.

Arundel Castle’s walled gardens offer visual splendour to suit all tastes: The Collector Earl’s Garden, officially opened by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2008; the highly acclaimed Stumpery; stimulating Herbaceous Borders; a fully functional Organic Kitchen Garden and a beautiful rose garden.

Arundel Castle proudly presents a packed calendar of events each year, ranging from the battles of Normans and Crusaders, to a Castle Siege by rebels. The highlight of the calendar is an exhilarating week-long Medieval Joust and Tournament showcasing competitors from across the globe.

The Castle will be open to visitors from 01 April until 02 November, Tuesday to Sunday, Mondays in August and Bank Holiday Mondays. Tickets are priced from £9.

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