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“Excellent Castle, stunning gardens.”

Arundel Castle and Gardens
Ranked #1 of 30 things to do in Arundel
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Arundel Castle is open from Saturday 1 April to Sunday 30 October 2017. Open Tuesdays to Sundays inclusive, Good Friday, Easter Monday, May Bank Holiday Mondays & all August Mondays. Arundel Castle & The Collector Earl's Garden, Arundel, West Sussex. Ancient Castle and stately 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. The Collector Earl's Garden. 14th century Fitzalan Chapel. Collection of arms & armour. Personal possessions of Mary Queen of Scots. Varied programme of Special Events.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 28 September 2012

Arundel Castle has lots to see...the ancient tower and steep steps to large rooms, the later Victorian rooms, the large gardens and the chapel. An elevator is available -- quite amazing! Excellent restaurant and gift shop. We rode a golf cart from the visitor's entrance to the main castle door-- saves a bit of walking.

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Reviewed 28 September 2012

Like another reviewer I visited when it was raining and the Keep was shut. Despite this there was no discount on the price of entry and no option to come back another day and see the Keep or its (apparently) stunning view. I assume that it's very rare that they shut the Keep (except perhaps this 'summer') so perhaps I, and others, were just unlucky.

At £18.70 for the whole lot it's one of the more expensive castles in this country (although you do get a £3.40 voucher to spend in the cafe) but in many ways it's worth it: a proper visit to the whole site takes at least half a day, if not longer. The castle tour is a series of 'wow' moments. Just when you think you have seen the most stunning room in the castle, like the Chapel, the Barons' Hall or the Canaletto Room, you are treated with another room, and another on a tour that seems to last forever, in a very good way. You really should pay the extra few pounds to see the most sumptuous, beautifully-decorated bedrooms. The gardens are well cared for and on a better day must be a lovely place to spend an hour or two. There are also some great views of the cathedral.

The guides really know their stuff and are very friendly to talk to and seem proud to be associated with the castle and its living history.

Be prepared to fork out a bit for the visit but it really is money well spent.

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Reviewed 28 September 2012

This castle is well worth a visit for both a chance to see what castle life in the 12th Century would be like via a visit to the keep, and through to the 18th century with regards to the main part of the castle building. Whilst not particularly ornate (this is not the place to visit if you are looking for grandure) the castle nevertheless provides an inside to 18th and 19th century life and the library itself is pretty impressive.

One word of warning is that there are quite a few steep, winding passage-ways so if this is not your kind of thing then some of the castle, and especially the keep, may be out of bounds. The pricing structure is such that you can structure your visit around the time that you have available.

We didn't have time to visit the gardens on this visit - but I would suggest you would need around three hours in total to explore the attraction in total.

Thank chris r
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Reviewed 27 September 2012

Expensive and oldest part of the castle - the Keep, was shut due to weather conditions....it was raining!

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Reviewed 26 September 2012

this castle is well worth visiting, lots of history and a great view from the Keep, we took the ticket for the castle, gardens and chapel, if you don't mind walking , it is a day well spent

Thank Barbara C
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