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


  • 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

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.

Castle Siege

  • 23 — 25 May 2015 *on now

It is 1475 and Edward IV is King of England. Once again tensions have arisen between England and France. Seeing an opportunity a French force has crossed the channel, seized the Kings Ordinance (artillery) and surrounded the castle at Arundel.

The French intend to hold the Earl of Arundel’s fortress, allowing a stronger invasion force to cross from France and sail up the River Arun, into the heart of Sussex. Although there was no historical siege of Arundel Castle in the 15th century, this three day event will show the importance of artillery in taking a castle, and as a battlefield weapon, as well as skirmishes between the two sides, plus the crafts, costumes and armour of the period.

A large tented encampment positioned on the upper grounds of the Castle will host an armourer and Distant Trumpets Story Teller as well as three prominent living history groups in the form of Raven Tor, The Wessex Association and The Company of St. Barbara. The Bank Holiday Weekend will be alive with the sights and sounds of battle and conflict.

Mustering for Agincourt

  • 20 — 21 June 2015

A special event spanning the weekend of 20-21 June. Raven Tor Living History Group will spectacularly bring history to life, focusing on preparations for the 15th Century war, which eventually lead to the defeat of the French forces, a royal wedding and peace between France and England.

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


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



Penny Horsfield - Head Guide


01903 882173

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