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“Lovely Castle”

Arundel Castle and Gardens
Ranked #1 of 29 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: Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
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46 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Lovely Castle”
Reviewed July 12, 2013

This is a place not to be missed. It is one of the best castles I have ever visited. You can buy different levels of entrance from the gardens only up to the castle and bedrooms. The full package is a must but make sure to allow at least 4 hours to look round. The castle is lived in and the rooms and bedrooms that you see are all used by the family. The staff are all very knowledgeable and was a lovely day out.

Visited July 2013
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Bristol, England
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Excellent visit, worth the entrance fee”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

We were really surprised by Arundel Castle. There is a lot to see and so much variety, from the gardens, the Fitzalan Chapel, the dizzying height of the Keep and the rooms inside the Castle itself. The fact that the family still live in the Castle is quite apparent, with family photos in some of the rooms. The gardens are really something to behold, even the formal gardens have been designed in a very modern and original way. There are plenty of information boards around, and a few tableaux of how the residents used to live but it is all quite restrained and not at all gimmicky. Most impressed.

Visited June 2013
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Larkfield, Kent
Level 4 Contributor
15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“first class attraction”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

We visited this attraction whilst staying nearby, we went for the Gold plus, this ticket entitles you to visit all the available areas and will cost you £17 per person, some may say that this, as others have stated, a bit on the steep side I was soon eating my words. We thought Arundel Castle was one of the best attractions we have visited in the country, the layout meant that you can leisurely stroll around without feeling rushed, you start with the contemporary planted rose garden, missed by some visitors, you then move on to the 14th Century Fitzalan Chapel noted as the burial place of the Dukes of Norfolk.
Moving onto the castle tour itself, you visit the Norman keep and climb up to the top, beware if you have mobility issues as this part may be difficult, the views from the keep are breathtaking.
All in all, we recommend this attraction.

Visited July 2013
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“good visit”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

When we turned up thought the £17 per head charge was on the steep side, but they have variable rates that are actually good value. Took the silver option which gets you into everywhere but the castle apartments/ bedrooms but everywhere else. The castle keep had plenty of nooks and crannies to explore and the gardens were spectacular- not heaving with loads of visitors either so one of the better large castle/ stately home experiences that this country offers.

Visited July 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Great Day Trip from London”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

We really enjoyed our visit to Arundel Castle and the surrounding town today. From the medieval keep to the 19th century additions the castle architecture is beautiful. And, the art - Van Dyk, Canaletto, Gainsborough... Wow! The gold ticket costs about £17 which gave you the greatest access. Some people think that pricey, but compare it to other buildings like Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral and it's not out of line. We may have been lucky though. I see from other comments that doors were closed, etc. Today, that was not the case and the family was there for a party. Even the bedrooms were open on this particular Saturday. The one thing I didn't like was the no photos policy, which is enforced. I understand it in the more private areas (there are recent family photos on tables), but in the more 'museum' type areas like where the armour is and the dining room which you are told the family rarely uses, it's a bit stupid.

Visited July 2013
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