One of the largest inhabited and complete castles in England, Arundel Castle is situated in magnificent grounds overlooking the River Arun in West Sussex. The Castle was founded at the end of the 11th century by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel and is the family home of the 18th Duke of Norfolk.
Steeped in almost 1,000 years of history, Arundel Castle offers a full day out with guided and free-flow tours of the finely preserved castle rooms including the Baron’s Hall, 14th Century Catholic Fitzalan Chapel, Regency Library and Victorian bedrooms alongside opportunities to ascend the Norman Motte and Keep and explore The Collector Earl’s Garden which was conceived by the Duchess of Norfolk and opened by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2008.
Its extensive Gardens are a masterpiece of horticultural design and are well worth visiting more than once throughout the season. Spring is welcomed in by the Annual Tulip Festival in April, when more than 60,000 of the flowers burst into bloom. The tulips give way to the Allium Extravaganza in May and the rose buds open beautifully in June. When late summer rolls around the tropical borders boast striking foliage and bright flowers delighting visitors time and time again.
Suited to visitors of all ages, the Castle has an action-packed calendar of historical events throughout its open season, from thrilling Medieval Tournaments to captivating Norman combat displays. Stand out events include the International Jousting Tournament on Tues 21 – Sun 26 July and 12,000 Years of Combat on Sat 29 – Mon 31 August.
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