Arundel Castle and Gardens, The Collector Earl's Garden

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


Arundel Castle & Gardens website


Bryan McDonald - Castle Manager

Penny Horsfield - Head Guide


01903 882173


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)


  • English Heritage

Additional info

Archives - For further information please visit 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