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It's good to be the King, but Arundel Castle and Gardens shows that being the Duke isn't half bad either. Established in the 11th century and owned by the Duke of Norfolk's family for more than 400 years, this estate features an exemplary English medieval castle and luxurious gardens. Take a self-guided tour through the castle to see opulently furnished rooms. Information placards give you context and history for most of what you'll find here, and the structure provides expansive views of the South Downs and River Arundel. Head into the Fitzalan Chapel, the burial place for members of the Duke of Norfolk's family and a fine example of Gothic architecture. Outside, walk through the exquisite gardens, the crown jewel of which is the Collector Earl's Garden. Admire the green-oak pagodas and the Italianate design of Oberon's Palace here. All of the gardens feature a colorful variety of flowers and other plants. Visit the coffee shop for lighter refreshments or the restaurant for a full meal. Use our Arundel trip maker app to arrange your visit to Arundel Castle and Gardens and other attractions in Arundel.
Arundel Castle and Gardens Reviews
Unlike many castles where the family still resides there, the areas where the public is allowed is vast. Only one small area is full of mannequins to look like a battle scene, the rest is filled to ov... more »
Such a lovely place to visit. The staff are very helpful and the castle and grounds are beautiful. You can make a whole day out of it and although we didn’t eat in the cafe it did look nice and clean.... more »
I have to admit I was sceptical when presented with an entry fee in excess of £20 per head! Arundel Castle is still in the hands of folks to whom it was bequested after 1066 and all that and I admit t... more »
Brilliant place if you like sub-tropical plants. The Collector Earl's Garden is not to be missed, the plants are amazing and the green oak structures look like stone from afar. Loved the castle too but my main interest was in the gardens.
Beautiful Castle. The views from within are breathtaking. From outside you cant imagine the wonders that await inside. Recommend doing the full package tour. You visit every spot of the castle and literally, when u arrive in some areas, you wont believe this was here the whole time. Dont miss out!
Only visited the gardens and coffee shop. Gardens are wonderful. Several different areas. Some interesting water features. Date- Palm trees and beautifully laid out beds. Toilets in walled garden including disabled. Buggy available to take people to garden if required, as it it a long up-hill walk. If its a hot day on your visit I recommend taking a bottle of water as there are only refreshments in the castle and I got a bit dehydrayed on my visit. The coffee shop in the castle had very nice cakes. The bottled drinks were a bit expensive. A small bottle of cola was £2.50 the rest, like cakes tea and coffee were average priced.
Arundel Castle is a brilliant place to spend the day. There is loads to see but be aware the steps up to the keep are numerous, steep and very narrow in places. The gardens are supurb and very well tended. The stewards are very knowledgeable and approachable. Food is delicious and reasonably priced and the there is a well stocked shop with gifts for all pockets.
A wonderful location for those who want to catch a glimpse of the way our ancestors lived. There is a nice cafe' with reasonably priced and really tasty sandwiches and a park that is lovely for children to play in.
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