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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.
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Arundel Castle and Gardens Reviews
How unexpected! A full-bloodied fighting tournament with knights in armor. How they managed to keep battling at each other I'll never know. Very approachable after the fighting and very enthusiastic a... more »
Really interesting to visit and very atmospheric as the rooms are laid out as they lived in that era and present modern day rooms are also furnished as per today more »
I love historic properties and this is by far the best castle/stately home I have ever been to. The rooms really are magnificent and the gardens are so beautiful. I don't usually bother looking at the... more »
Oh my goodness, what is there not to love about Arundel Castle?! The castle is just stunning, the best castle I've ever visited. We visited on a damp and drizzly day but that didn't take away from the beauty of it, we will definitely be returning on a lovely summer day when we can appreciate it more 😀
Wonderful Castle, beautifully maintained and the gardens were lovely. Ended up on an impromptu visit whilst in the area and I'm so glad we went! It's definitely worth buying a gold + ticket so that you can see all of the Castle, the gardens and the keep. It's well worth paying for the Gold+ ticket so that you get to see everything - be prepared to do lots of walking! Head to the keep first and then go to the castle and then the gardens. The view from the keep is incredible! The interior of the castle was absolutely stunning, with some amazing historical artefacts that were really well preserved. I'd like to add that the staff in and around the castle were really lovely and friendly. They must really enjoy working there! Shall definitely be going again.
Fantastic castle, like something from a fairy story. Beautiful grounds to walk around, and Arundel town is also an attractive place, though very much in the shadow of the castle. I did not go into the castle itself, and am keen to go back and see the rest.
Quite a story behind this castle. The staff is very friendly even when you get something wrong, such as taking a picture inside. They have strictly no pictures policy in the whole castle. The gardens are great, however I would personally count it under a smaller castle than the usual massive ones, even though from distance it looks massive, once you get in its not that large. There is a lot of fine detail to take in which makes up for the size. However it is quite heavily priced, but a good investment.
Really nice gardens, the people working in them deserve a gold medal. The castle itself was fine, although not being able to take photos inside was very disappointing. Modern day cameras don't need a flash so there's no reason why we shouldn't be allowed. Apart from that, well worth a visit.
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