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.
Family History Day 4 August

Family History Day

  • 4 August 2020 10am-4pm *on now

Would you like to meet a Norman Knight, a pirate or a person from the Stone Age? Family History Day offers the chance to interact with characters from history and try out some historical crafts.
With a storyteller, a falconer, have-a-go archery, mini catapults and a craft tent, families will be entertained from 10am-4pm – and it’s all included in Arundel Castle’s standard entry prices.
A thrilling kids’ battle twice each day will allow little ones to play make-believe and wield soft-play weaponry beneath a real Castle! Before and after lunch, the battles are all about having fun and putting those fantastic imaginations to use!
10am: Castle and event opens
10-1pm: All activities available
11am: Storyteller
12pm: Kids’ Battle
1-2pm: Lunch
2pm: Storyteller
3pm: Kids Battle
2-4pm: All activities available
4pm: Event closes
Have-a-go archery for over 8s only, height restrictions may apply.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

From £11 for a child (5-16 yrs)
From £13 for an adult
From £53 for a family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children)
For more information please visit www.arundelcastle.org

Website

https://www.arundelcastle.org

Family History Weekend 11 and 12 August

Family History Weekend

  • 15 — 16 August 2020 10am-4pm

A family favourite, this weekend of historical hijinks is the ideal living history event for younger visitors.
Historical characters including a Norman knight, a pirate and a person from the Stone Age will bring the past to life. A professional storyteller will tell tales to captivate young minds, and a falconer will amaze.
A variety of crafts and activities will be available, including have-a-go archery, mini catapults and a crafts tent. A thrilling kids’ battle twice each day will allow little ones to play make-believe and wield soft-play weaponry beneath a real Castle! At 12pm and 3pm, the battles are all about having fun and putting those fantastic imaginations to use!
10am Castle and event opens
10-1pm All activities available
11am Storyteller
12pm Kids’ battle
1-2pm Lunch
2pm Storyteller
3pm Kids’ battle
2-4pm All activities available
4pm Event closes
Have-a-go archery suitable for over 8s only, height restrictions may apply.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

From £11 for a child (5-16 yrs)
From £13 for an adult
From £53 for a family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children)
For more information please visit www.arundelcastle.org

Website

https://www.arundelcastle.org

Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare in the Collector Earl’s Garden: Much Ado About Nothing

  • 21 — 28 August 2020

As part of Arundel Festival 2020, the award-winning theatre group Illyria returns to the Collector Earl’s Garden for two al-fresco performances of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing on 21-22 August.

Set within Arundel Castle’s critically-acclaimed gardens, alive with thousands of colourful blooms, these shows offer theatre lovers an experience like no other.

5.30pm Castle grounds open
6.30pm The Collector Earl's Garden gates open
7.30pm Performances start

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets:
From £15 for a child
From £20 for an adult
For more information, please visit www.arundelcastle.org

Website

https://www.arundelcastle.org

12,000 Years of Combat

12,000 Years of Combat

  • 29 — 31 August 2020

Who would win between a Roman gladiator and a Norman knight? Find out as Arundel Castle enters a time warp this August bank holiday! Eras from the Stone Age to the Victorians will face each other for the ultimate who-would-win showdown.
A wide range of living history groups, historical interpreters and experts make this historical extravaganza possible. Visitors will see 12,000 years of history play out before their eyes and watch as the warriors of the past take each other on in combat.
With falconry, medieval artillery and more, this year’s event promises to be unmissable.
10am Castle and event opens, weapons training main arena
11am Bows and guns demonstration
11.30am Saxons, Normans and medieval knights
12pm Falconry
1pm Roman gladiators
2pm Medieval artillery demonstration
2.30pm Falconry
3pm Walk Through History followed by the Grand Melee (a fight to the last historical person standing!)
4.30pm Event close
Have-a-go archery suitable for over 8s only, height restrictions may apply.
NOTE: There will be loud noise and the sound of cannon fire.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

From £11 for a child (5-16 yrs)
From £13 for an adult
From £53 for a family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children)
For more information please visit www.arundelcastle.org

Website

https://www.arundelcastle.org

12th Century Knights at the Castle

12th Century Knights at the Castle

  • 20 September 2020 10am-4pm

Meet the knights and men-at-arms of Arundel Castle at this one-day event and get a glimpse into 12th century life.

With weapons, archery, costume and craft demonstrations throughout the day, visitors can beat the back-to-school blues with some historical hijinks this September!
10am Castle and event opens
10am-1pm Craft demonstrations in the South Passage
11am and 12pm Weapons and armour demonstrations in the Duke Henry Courtyard
1-2pm Lunch
2pm Meet the garrison in the Duke Henry Courtyard
3pm Weapons, archery and combat demonstrations on the American Lawn
3.30pm Event finishes

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

From £11 for a child (5-16 yrs)
From £13 for an adult
From £53 for a family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children)
For more information please visit www.arundelcastle.org

Website

https://www.arundelcastle.org

Preparing for Siege

Preparing for Siege

  • 28 — 29 October 2020 10am-4pm

How did Norman knights prepare to face the ultimate test – a castle siege? Find out this October as a garrison of knights and men-at-arms train to defend Arundel Castle against the fast-approaching fearsome army of King Stephen.
Visitors will have the chance to meet the garrison and learn more about life in a Norman castle. Weapons, armour, archery and craft demonstrations will reveal how the garrison would have trained, fought and lived.
10am Castle and event opens
10-1pm Craft demonstrations in the South Passage
11am and 12pm Weapons and armour demos in the Duke Henry Courtyard
1-2pm Lunch
2pm Meet the garrison in the Duke Henry Courtyard
3pm Weapons, archery and combat demos American Lawn
3.30pm Event finishes

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

From £11 for a child (5-16 yrs)
From £13 for an adult
From £53 for a family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children)
For more information please visit www.arundelcastle.org

Website

https://www.arundelcastle.org

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

Website

http://www.arundelcastle.org

E-mail

visits@arundelcastle.org

Penny Horsfield - Head Guide

penny.horsfield@arundelcastle.org

info@arundelcastle.org

Telephone

01903 882173

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