Arundel Castle and Gardens, The Collector Earl's Garden

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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:

Castle or defences, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Open Saturday 28 March to Sunday 1 November 2015.
Tuesdays to Sundays inclusive, Bank Holidays & August Mondays.

Admission charges

Gold Plus (all inclusive) Adults £18.00
Gold Plus Senior Citizens £15.50
Children (aged 5-16 years) £9.00
Gold Plus Family Ticket (2 adults + 3 children aged 5-16 years) £45.00

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.

Privateers & Revolutionaries Weekend

  • 11 — 12 July 2015

With the stunning Castle as a backdrop, visitors can expect two encampments of Smugglers and Red Coats portraying the moments England called for revolution to create a republic.

International Jousting Tournament at Arundel Castle

Jousting and Medieval Tournament

  • 21 — 26 July 2015

Europe’s largest and longest competition of its kind. The week-long event, held under the shadow of the mighty Castle, welcomes audiences from far and wide, eager to enjoy the magnificent 15th Century jousting action. Visitors can watch in awe as revered knights from around the world gather to test their chivalry and skill at mounted combat in full plate armour.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.arundelcastle.org

Living History Day

  • 30 July 2015
  • 4 August 2015

Set on the American Lawn at Arundel Castle, this day will be an opportunity to meet historical characters who will bring the past to life. With the Yarnsmith of Norwich Story Teller, have-a-go fencing, archery, a Medieval skittles alley, a face painter and a chance to see reconstructed clothing, weapons, armour and crafts from the past, there is plenty to entertain visitors of all ages.

Please note - for have-a-go fencing or archery a lower age limit of 8 years of age applies and a height restriction may also apply.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://www.arundelcastle.org/whats-on/events/living-history-day-2.html

Life in a Medieval Castle

  • 22 — 23 August 2015
  • 20 September 2015

To commemorate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, Life in a Medieval Castle portrays the roles of both rich and poor, military and domestic, in the late 12th and early 13th centuries during the reign of King John.

Combat, craft, weapons and armour demonstrations in the Keep, Dry Moat and Barbican.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://www.arundelcastle.org/whats-on/events/life-in-a-medieval-castle.html

History in Action (Multi-period)

  • 29 — 31 August 2015

Set on the Lower Lawns of Arundel Castle, the tented encampments of Raven Tor Living History Group and the Company of St Barbara will reflect 2,000 years of local and castle history in crafts, costume, and combat displays.

An opportunity to meet Roman Gladiators, Norman Knights, 15th Century archers, 18th Century Smugglers to name but a few of the wide range of historical characters and displays on view over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://www.arundelcastle.org/whats-on/events/bank-holiday-multi-period-event.html

Normans & Crusaders in The Keep

  • 28 — 29 October 2015

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

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.arundelcastle.org/whats-on/events/normans-and-crusaders-in-the-keep-2014.html

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

Website

www.arundelcastle.org

E-mail

visits@arundelcastle.org

Penny Horsfield - Head Guide

penny.horsfield@arundelcastle.org

info@arundelcastle.org

Telephone

01903 882173

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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