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.

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

  • Family friendly

Admission

Please check before visiting.

Website

http://www.​arundelcastle.​org

Castle Siege

  • 24 — 26 May 2014

It is 1475 and Edward IV is King of England. Once again tensions have arisen between England and France, and seizing the 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, sail up the River Arun, and straight 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. Skirmishes between the two sides, craft displays, costumes and armour of the period combine to make this an entertaining event for all the family. A large tented encampment sprawling across the upper grounds of the Castle boasts an armourer, the Distant Trumpets Story Teller and three prominent living history groups in the form of Raven Tor Living History Group, British Plate Armour Society and The Company of St. Barbara. This event promises a Bank Holiday Weekend filled with the drama, action and sounds of torrid 15th Century battle.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Please check before visiting.

Website

http://www.​arundelcastle.​org

Pirates and Smugglers Day

  • 29 May 2014
  • From 5 August 2014

Set on the Lower Lawns at Arundel Castle, this family day will be an opportunity to find out about the Smugglers of Sussex and the pirates who menaced waters around the world. With The Yarnsmith of Norwich story teller, have-a-go-fencing, and pirates a-plenty demonstrating crafts, weapons and activities of the 18th Century, this lively event will entertain all ages.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Please check before visiting.

Pirates and Smugglers Weekend

  • 12 — 13 June 2014

Set in the late 18th Century, a notorious band of smugglers, pirates and a highway man have set up camp in the grounds of Arundel Castle. The 2nd Regiment of Foot, marching to the coast for transportation to the colonies, have been requested to assist local Customs Officers in dealing with the rogues and villains from Raven Tor Living History Group. With displays of weapons of the period, two encampments of smugglers and Red Coats and have-a-go archery, there will be plenty for visitors to see, experience and learn during this fun packed weekend.

Admission

Please check before visiting.

Website

http://www.​arundelcastle.​org

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

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

Jousting & Medieval Tournament Week

  • 22 July 3014 — 27 July 2014

Under the shadow of the mighty Castle, experience the thrill of the renowned Arundel International Jousting Competition, the largest in Europe, as revered knights from around the world gather to test their skill at mounted combat in full plate armour.

Set within an authentic Medieval style encampment and supported by the knights and men-at-arms of Raven Tor, Distant Trumpets storyteller and the musicians of Rough Musicke this is a unique weeklong tournament.

A thrilling tournament accompanied by have-a-go archery and a host of craft displays and entertainment, this really is the highlight of Arundel Castle’s events calendar.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Please check before visiting.

Website

http://www.​arundelcastle.​org

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