Arundel Castle is a true masterpiece.
Originally built in 1068 by Roger de Montogomery, the Earle of Arundel, the Castle has been restored over the years to maintain its position as one of the most iconic buildings on the South Coast and one of the most well kept castles in the country.
The castle sits on 40 acres of land, consisting of the castle itself and the stunning castle gardens, both of which can be accessed on a tour (usually open between March and October). On a castle tour, you are able to wander inside and explore The Keep, the Fitzalan Chapel and the Castle Rooms, all with their own splendour.
What is fascinating, is that unlike many historical landmarks, the castle is actually lived in by the current Duke of Norfolk and his family. Many of the internal rooms are fully functional and viewable to the public for half of the year. A tour will give you the opportunity to view inside the dining room, ballroom, library, bedrooms, and even see the bedroom specially commissioned to be built for the use of Queen Victoria’s visit to Arundel Castle back in 1846!
After visiting inside the castle, it is a well worth a visit to the castle gardens. In peak bloom, the castle gardens are absolutely stunning, with a blossoming variety of plants and flowers and their unique colours and fragrances. In spring months, the castle gardens host their annual tulip festival, the biggest in Britain, where some 60,000 tulips are set to bloom with various colours and patterns to delight visitors in their best of Britain displays.