Heritage

Arundel Castle, Arundel

Encapsulating nearly a thousand years of history between her walls, Arundel Castle is one of the longest inhabited country houses in England.  With a birthday dating back to 1068 the castle is awash with history.

Perched high on a vantage point overlooking the River Arun and surrounding countryside, the defensive aspect of the castle now lends itself perfectly to capturing photos and taking in the spectacular views. Before you head inside and lose yourself amongst the galleries, climb the steps to the Keep and let the rolling Sussex landscapes take your breath away. Whilst every point offers something beautiful to look at, the Keep is definitely where the views are most sublime.

Once you’re ready to tear your eyes away from the scenery, turn your attention to the castle’s interior where the grandeur only intensifies. Upon entering the castle you can immediately marvel at the finely preserved rooms, complete with ornate furniture, tapestries and an exquisite collection of paintings by world-famous artists such as Van Dyck and Canaletto. Head to the magnificent private chapel built in the 1890s out of Purbeck marble and chalk and let the detailed architecture and stunning artworks boggle the mind.

Despite having undergone several transformations, the castle itself embraces its influences and is truly unique. A fascinating account of life throughout the ages, the castle’s history and direct lineage is best brought to life through the guided tours offered by the castle staff. Led by local experts, the tours provide visitors with lots of information about the castle, its life and its inhabitants. Once briefly visited by Queen Victoria and Albert in 1846, the castle has played host to many a fascinating guest.

Whether you are exploring the wonderful Earl’s garden, visiting the Barons’ Hall or learning about Arundel’s siege history with the castle’s interactive games and exhibits, there is something for everyone to learn and enjoy. Events take place throughout the year and a restaurant and coffee shop provide sustenance after a day on your feet.

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Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9AB | 01903 882173 | arundelcastle.org

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