Located in West Sussex, England, the Arundel Castle is a medieval castle that preserves of medieval England. Visitors can tour the castle and the surrounding grounds, which include the magnificent gardens. Arundel Castle has over 1,000 years of history. Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel, built this castle that overlooks the River Arun in the late 11th century.

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The first thing that was constructed was the motte, which towers 100 feet over the initial dry moat. After the motte, the gatehouse was built. For the next few decades, various kings and queens handled the design and construction of the castle.

Although residency and control of Arundel Castle was a power struggle during its earliest years, the residency descended directly for most of its history. From 1138 to the present day, the crown and residency of Arundel Castle has flowed smoothly. Starting with the d’Albinis, the history of residency flowed from the Fitzalans to the Howards, then to the Dukes of Norfolk who have occupied the castle for over 850 years.

Arundel Castle has withstood throughout a dense amount of history, beginning with ‘Poet’ Earl’s execution in 1547. Then, in 1972 the 4th Duke of Norfolk was executed for his plans to marry the Queen of Scots, Mary. Most of the treasures that are displayed throughout the castle can be credited to the 14th Earl, who was known as the Collector. Other notable historical eras that impacted the Arundel Castle are the Civil War (1642-1645) and Henry the 15th Duke of Norfolk’s reign.

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Visitors have the opportunity of touring various attractions within Arundel Castle that include gardens, rooms, and art exhibitions.

The Gallery includes magnificent glasswork that depict various symbols and scenes. The Gallery showcases a rare collection of art work from various renowned artists, such as Van Dyck.

The Castle Bedrooms on display showcase the most popular and used bedrooms within Arundel Castle. Visitors have the chance to explore the Victorian bedrooms and bathrooms that housed hundreds of years of royalty.

The Library is known as having one of the finest Regency interiors that can be found throughout the world. Aside from having an extensive book collection, the Library is one of the most architecturally significant rooms in Arundel Castle.

The Armoury showcases a variety of the weaponry that as used throughout the ages.

Fitzalan Chapel was founded by the 4th Earl of Arundel in 1390. The Fitzalan Chapel still serves as the burial place for the Dukes of Norfolk. This Gothic piece of architecture has a finely carved timber roof and intricately detailed choir stalls. Since the Fitzalan Chapel did no officially partake in the formation of the Protestant parish church, the Chapel is Catholic.

Gardens have been open to the public since 1854. The Gardens are a comprehensive collection of various gardens that are internationally renowned, such as the Collector Earl’s Garden and the Organic Kitchen Garden. Since the Gardens have a relatively sheltered location, it is possible for rare and unique plants that need special and intensive care to flourish in the Gardens.

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3.Educational Opportunities

Educational Opportunities
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Arundel Castle offers a specialized guided tour that caters to school aged children. This guided tour makes it easier for visitors to understand the dense amount of history Arundel Castle has taken part of. During the guided tour, a specially trained Education Guide leads visitors throughout the castle. Throughout each exhibition, the Education Guide will tell fascinating stories and give detailed information that is relevant to the exhibition. These stories and facts are also relevant to a certain curriculum that the students learn about in school. At the end of the tour, students have the opportunity to explore artifacts hands-on, and even try on costumes, in the Education Room.

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4.Special Events

Special Events
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Arundel Castle frequently hosts special events that focus on a variety of subjects. Some of the typical special events that occur throughout the year are:

• Warriors of Arundel Castle, a display of the 500 years of military history

• Jousting & Medieval Tournaments

• Town Crier’s Competitions

• Living History Days

• Shakespeare Festivals

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5.Dining & Shopping

Dining & Shopping
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After touring Arundel Castle’s exhibitions, rooms, and gardens, head over to the coffee shop to grab a refreshment or light snack. If you want something more substantial, check out the Arundel Castle Restaurant. Also, don’t forget to head over to the gift shop to purchase a souvenir to remember your trip to Arundel Castle.

Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9AB, Phone: +44-19-03-88-21-73

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