Arundel Castle and Gardens, The Collector Earl's Garden

Arundel Castle and Gardens, The Collector Earl's Garden
Arundel
West Sussex
BN18 9AB
England

Website

Arundel Castle & Gardens website

www.arundelcastle.org

E-mail

Bryan McDonald - Castle Manager

bryan.mcdonald@arundelcastle.org

Penny Horsfield - Head Guide

penny.horsfield@arundelcastle.org

info@arundelcastle.org

Telephone

01903 882173

Fax

01903 884581

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There is 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 ditch, 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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive, Heritage site, Historic house or home, Castle or defences, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Arundel Castle is open from Friday1 April to Sunday 30 October 2011 Tuesdays to Sundays inclusive, Bank Holiday Mondays and August Mondays from 10.00 am until 5.00 pm.
Fitzalan Chapel, The Collector Earl's Garden, Gardens & grounds from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Castle Keep from 11.00 am to 4.30 pm
Castle Restaurant from 10.30 to 4.30 pm
Castle Shop from 10.30 to 5.00 pm
Castle Rooms 12 noon to 5.00 pm
Castle Bedrooms 12 noon to 5.00 pm

Closed on Mondays. Open on Bank Holiday Mondays and August Mondays

Admission charges

Gold Plus (all inclusive) Adults £16.00
Gold Plus Senior Citizens £13.50
Gold Plus Students (with card) £13.50
Children (aged 5-16 years) £7.50
Gold Plus Family Ticket (2 adults + 3 children aged 5-16 years) £39.00
Garden season ticket - one adult £30.00 / two adults £50.00 (excludes Joust week 26 to 31 July)

Discounts

  • English Heritage

Additional info

Archives - For further information please visit www.arundelcastle.org Archives page

The results of all this history are concentrated at the Castle, which houses a fascinating collection of fine furniture dating from the 16th century, tapestries, clocks, and portraits by Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Mytens, Lawrence, Reynolds, etc.

Personal possessions of Mary, Queen of Scots and a selection of historical, religious and heraldic items from the Duke of Norfolk's collection are also on display.

Collection details

Architecture, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Weapons and War

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Pirates and Smugglers Day

  • 31 July 2014

Showcasing the highly skilled performers of Raven Tor Living History Group, this exhilarating Pirates and Smugglers event on the Lower Lawns at Arundel Castle treats visitors to the buzz and excitement of the period. Alongside learning about the Smugglers of Sussex, visitors can also meet pirates who menaced waters around the world and bask in the tales of an 18th Century story teller. Craft demonstrations, fencing, archery and displays will also be showcased.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Please check before visiting.

Website

http://www.​arundelcastle.​org

Arudel Castle

Life in a Medieval Castle

  • 16 — 17 August 2014

Raven Tor Living History Group will be portraying the life and times of people living in and next to a Medieval Castle throughout the 14th and 15th Centuries. The High Middle Ages saw changes in weaponry, costume, food and art, which are explored in the tented encampment on the Lower Lawn of Arundel Castle with crafts, characters, and displays from this period. Have-a-go archery, musicians and hawking displays ensure that visitors have a real opportunity to find out what life was like for their medieval ancestors.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Please check before visiting.

Website

http://www.​arundelcastle.​org

Arundel Festival 2014

  • 16 — 25 August 2014

The annual Arundel Festival gets bigger and better every year. It is one of the most amazing, diverse and easily accessible arts festivals in the UK, offering an eclectic mix of visual arts, music, theatre and street entertainment
As part of the Arundel Festival, the Castle will again host the GB Theatre Company’s skilled Shakespeare performances in a delightful open-air setting at the end of August.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Please check before visiting.

Website

http://www.​arundelcastle.​org

Bank Holiday Multi-Period Event

  • 23 — 25 August 2014

Set on the Lower Lawns of Arundel Castle the tented encampment of Raven Tor Living History Group will reflect 2,000 years of local and Castle history through crafts, costume and combat displays. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet characters and experience events from the Roman Empire right up to the Cold War of the late 20th Century.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Please check before visiting.

Website

http://www.​arundelcastle.​org

Pirates & Smugglers Day

  • 21 September 2014

Set at the end of the 18th Century, this lively event sees a band of notorious pirates and smugglers position themselves in Arundel Castle’s Keep. They will be pitted against the Queen’s 2nd Regiment of Foot which has been sent to help deal with the rogues and villains. Visitors can witness the opposing sides battling for control of the Castle.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Please check before visiting.

Website

http://www.​arundelcastle.​org

Normans and the Castle Keep

Normans and Crusaders in The Keep

  • 29 — 30 October 2014

Raven Tor Living History Group will be portraying the life and times of the 12th Century Norman period in the Keep at Arundel Castle. With combat, weaponry, armour and crafts displays, visitors will not only be able to see what life was like for those living in a castle of this time, but also gain an insight into the lives of those preparing to leave on the perilous Crusades.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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