Arundel Castle Arundel England, BN18 9AB

One of England’s largest inhabited and complete castles, Arundel Castle is situated in magnificent grounds overlooking the River Arun in West Sussex.

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Steeped in almost 1,000 years of history, Arundel Castle has ties with some of England’s greatest magnates.

When was it built? 

Arundel Castle’s story began on Christmas Day in 1067 when it was founded by Roger de Montgomery, a close friend and advisor to William the Conqueror. Fondly known as Roger ‘the Great’ de Montgomery, he was one of the greatest magnates in England during William the Conqueror’s reign, and also Earl of Arundel.

Moving forwards in time, Arundel Castle was damaged in the English Civil War and then restored in the 18th and 19th centuries by Charles Howard the 11th Duke of Norfolk.

An image showing an aerial view of Arundel Castle and surrounding town

Aerial view of Arundel Castle

Who owns the castle now? 

Today, the castle is the family home of the 18th Duke of Norfolk, but it’s also open to the public and waiting to be explored. With many of the original features still in place including the Norman Keep, medieval Gatehouse and Barbican, as well as the Baron’s Hall, 14th Century Catholic Fitzalan Chapel, Regency Library and Victorian bedrooms, there’s plenty to keep you and the family entertained throughout the day.

Arundel Castle gardens – a year-round experience

If you love horticulture, you’ll lose yourself in Arundel Castle’s glorious gardens, a masterpiece of design that’s well worth visiting more than once throughout the season.

Admire beautiful award-winning Tropical and English Gardens, the castle’s quirky Stumpery (a fabulous mix of raw and twisted botanical shapes combined with architectural plants) and the abundant Kitchen Garden. Explore warm Glasshouses with chillies, grapes and lemons, and many other delights throughout the year.

Visit Arundel Castle gardens in Spring, and you’ll find the Castle welcoming it in with its Annual Tulip Festival. Staged in April, the Festival coincides with more than 60,000 of the flowers bursting into bloom.

An image of Arundel Castle in Autumn

Arundel Castle by Nigel Cull

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.

Action-packed events for all ages

Arundel Castle boasts an impressive calendar of action-packed historical events throughout its open season, from thrilling Medieval Tournaments to captivating Norman combat displays. Stand out events include the International Jousting Tournament in July and 12,000 Years of Combat in August every year.

Do I need tickets?

For information on Arundel Castle opening times, tickets for Arundel Castle (which can be purchased online) and Arundel Castle parking, please get in touch.

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