Fodor's Expert Review Arundel Castle

Arundel Castle/Palace Fodor's Choice

You've probably already seen Arundel Castle without knowing it, at least on screen. Its striking resemblence to Windsor means that it's frequently used as a stand-in for its more famous cousin in movies and television. Begun in the 11th century, this vast castle remains rich with the history of the Fitzalan and Howard families and with paintings by Van Dyck, Gainsborough, and Reynolds. During the 18th century and in the Victorian era it was reconstructed in the fashionable Gothic style—although the keep, rising from its conical mound, is as old as the original castle (climb its 130 steps for great views of the River Arun), and the barbican and the Barons' Hall date from the 13th century. Among the treasures are the rosary beads and prayer book used by Mary, Queen of Scots, in preparing for her execution. The newly formal garden, redesigned fairly recently, is a triumph of order and beauty. Special events happen year-round, including a week of jousting, usually in late July. (Ticket... READ MORE

You've probably already seen Arundel Castle without knowing it, at least on screen. Its striking resemblence to Windsor means that it's frequently used as a stand-in for its more famous cousin in movies and television. Begun in the 11th century, this vast castle remains rich with the history of the Fitzalan and Howard families and with paintings by Van Dyck, Gainsborough, and Reynolds. During the 18th century and in the Victorian era it was reconstructed in the fashionable Gothic style—although the keep, rising from its conical mound, is as old as the original castle (climb its 130 steps for great views of the River Arun), and the barbican and the Barons' Hall date from the 13th century. Among the treasures are the rosary beads and prayer book used by Mary, Queen of Scots, in preparing for her execution. The newly formal garden, redesigned fairly recently, is a triumph of order and beauty. Special events happen year-round, including a week of jousting, usually in late July. (Ticket prices rise slightly during event weeks). Although the castle's ceremonial entrance is at the top of High Street, you enter at the bottom, close to the parking lot.

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Quick Facts

Mill Rd.
Arundel, West Sussex  BN18 1AJ, England

01903-882173

www.arundelcastle.org

Sight Details:
Castle and grounds £18; castle and grounds excluding bedrooms £16; castle (keep only) and grounds £11; chapel and grounds only £9 Rate Includes: £22, Closed early-Nov.–late Mar. and Mon. except holidays

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