Arundel Castle and Gardens

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Arundel Castle and Gardens
4.5
Historic Sites • Castles • Gardens
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Arundel Castle and Gardens open from 5th August 2020. Open Tuesdays to Sundays inclusive and August bank holiday Monday. Arundel Castle, home of the Duke of Norfolk, reflecting nearly 1,000 years of history,and commanding the surrounding landscape with magnificent views across the South Downs and River Arun. Fine furniture and works of art in sumptuously furnished rooms. Ancient Motte & Keep. Spectacular gardens. 14th century Fitzalan Chapel. Collection of arms & armour. Personal possessions of Mary Queen of Scots. Pre-booked tickets only.
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thepaulholden
Farnham, UK50 contributions
Surely the best castle in South of England?
Sep 2021 • Couples
We visited Arundel Castle on a spectacularly sunny September day. The helpful Lady in the ticket office recommded that we visit the gardens first so that any queues inside the castle woukd have subsided. We followed this advice and so we set off and walked around the tranquil water gardens and then the rose gardens that surprisingly was still in full bloom in late September. The scents of the many different roses was heavenly in the warm sunshine. We then began the trek up the hill following the signs for the main gardens, when we finally reached the top of the hill we were rewarded with the most incredible experience. The gardens incorporate so many different features, water garden, fountains, Ponds with turtles in, tropical plants, green houses, vegetable gardens, green house, tropical hot house. The gardens are some of the very best in the UK possibly in the world, and you can visit the gardens without entering the castle on a garden only ticket costing less. We were genuinely amazed. They even have a fountain inside a grotto that shoots a jet of water up and this suspends a golden crown on the top of the water jet! It is no exaggeration to say that here is something amazing in the garden at every turn.

The Castle was extensively restored and improved in the Victorian period and this has resulted in a stunning building with the old and new parts convincingly married together. The inside of the castle features hundreds of rooms, many of which are open to the visitors. Each room is packed with authentic period pieces including original artworks, antique furniture, military weapons, carpets, and some many priceless treasure that are a feast for the eyes. The castle really needs a whole day itself to even begin to explore. There are so many highlights including the Chapel. And the library. Every room is staffed by knowledgable enthusiastic volunteers who are very happy to explain the contents and history. If you love history and quality this is one of the very best comparable to Warwick Castle and the Tower of London.
Written 25 September 2021
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Kate_Maxwell
Lymington115 contributions
Allow extra time than you think - so much to see
Sep 2021
So interesting, beautiful grounds and gardens.
Informative staff in the State Rooms ready to answer questions and tell stories of the castle
Written 24 September 2021
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John o D
Eastbourne, UK4 contributions
An Anniversary Treat For my wife
Sep 2021
Excellent place to visit, full of historical pieces and really interesting, great staff , a great place to be and the gardens are absolutely beautiful
Written 23 September 2021
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Redbaron4
Ferndown, UK207 contributions
Well worth a visit
Sep 2021
Fist time at the castle and gardens - wow, quite something! The gardens are delightful with beautiful flowers and shrubs and very lovely water features (check out Oberon's palace if you go). The castle is huge with a large part of it open to the public. We spent 5 hours there and could easily have stayed the whole day.
Written 22 September 2021
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jacks1367
Gloucestershire, UK12 contributions
Fantastic castle and Gardens
Sep 2021
I have to say what a wonderful place, the gardens are spectacular and so natural using the fruit from the gardens in the castle cafe.
The staff what can I say are the most helpful people I have experienced in this kind of setting. From outside help to inside the castle, Nothing too much trouble and they spend time talking or helping you whilst in the castle. Also so much enthusiasm from them it is so refreshing.
Organisation is fantastic
I would certainly visit again and look forward to going again.
Thank you for a wonderful day
Written 12 September 2021
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Angela D
3 contributions
Restaurant
Sep 2021 • Couples
Restaurant was disgusting all the tables had dirty trays on them .my son had a pasty which was frozen ,the scone was stale and the cups where dirty !!! All staff were standing around talking not a good experience
Written 12 September 2021
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roger w
Cambridge, UK35 contributions
Iconic English Castle
Sep 2021
Iconic English castle and grounds that are worth a visit but don't expect too much. Grounds nice but not as spectacular as anticipated by a £26 entry fee.
Ticket office was slow and when asked for a Castle and Gardens ticket issued just a gardens ticket - then took an age to recover the mistake.
At 1130am the café service was very very slow - we waited 20 minutes in the queue until we gave up wanting for a simple cup of coffee and took a cold drink instead and 'jumped' the long line in front of us to pay. I appreciate the problem of getting staff so why not hire/buy a good vending machine for those who would be happy with that instead of service that takes so long? I guess that visitors mainly visit for the buildings etc not to be connoisseurs of the coffee!
Toilets were plentiful and clean; room guides cheerful and helpful. More information boards particularly on paintings would have been welcomed.
Written 9 September 2021
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Kelly B
2 contributions
Multi period event at Arundel Castle
Aug 2021 • Couples
The atmosphere created by the reenactors at the Castle brought the history alive and made the visit more enjoyable. The castle and garden's were stunning but having the event on brought it to life. There was so much too see and do, not just for adults but for kids as well. The reenactors I spoke to were knowledgeable on their time period and very friendly and approachable, even the scary looking Baron from the Norman period.
All in all it will be a visit well remembered.
Written 4 September 2021
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Imran Farooq
Slough, UK9 contributions
The Castle Everyone Should See
Aug 2021
We thought we were just visiting a castle to waste time while we were down south, oh how we were wrong, what a place. We bought tickets at the entrance and as soon as you past the ticket booth, there are actors, actresses, kids playing characters from the old times, how they lived, what they ate, how they hunted, how they dressed. Myself and my wife were blown away by that, what a surprise & just made the experience even more better. You can throw axes for free, archery for free, unbelievable. The gardens are well looked after and very beautiful. There is a water fountain that pushes a crown up which I thought was unreal, a great site to see.
Written 4 September 2021
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Hummingbird38
London20 contributions
Dry Moat Talk
Sep 2021
Despite being quite expensive it was well worth the money with a very interesting talk in the Dry Moat and lovely staff in the buggy and on the battlements.
Written 3 September 2021
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