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Arundel Castle & Gardens and The Collector Earl’s Garden - open from Friday 29 March to Sunday 3 November 2013, Tuesdays to Sundays inclusive, Bank Holiday Mondays and August Mondays
Set high on a hill in West Sussex, this great castle commands the landscape with magnificent views across the South Downs and the River Arun. Founded at the end of the 11th Century, it has been the family home of the Dukes of Norfolk and their ancestors for nearly 1000 years.
The original castle was founded on Christmas Day 1067 by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel, one of William the Conqueror's most loyal barons. He was awarded a third of Sussex with the stipulation that a new castle be built near the mouth of the Arun to protect the approaches to Sussex from attack.
Arundel Castle is one of the longest inhabited country houses in England. Many of the original features such as the crenellated Norman keep, gatehouse and barbican and the lower part of Bevis Tower survive. Between the 1870s and 1890s the house was almost completely rebuilt and the magnificent architecture in Gothic style is considered to be one of the great works of Victorian England.
The Castle has been used on many occasions as the perfect backdrop for historical re-enactments and film and TV productions. In 2009 the Castle played host to the cast and crew of The Young Victoria, starring Emily Blunt.
Stroll through the grounds where you will discover different themed gardens; the rose garden planted in contemporary style; the Chapel garden with white and cool coloured plants; the cutting garden with tender perennials and rare plants; the renovated Victorian peach house and vinery where exotic fruits & vegetables are cultivated.
The Gardens and grounds are planted sympathetically, and managed with an organic eco- friendly ethos to encourage wild flowers, beneficial insects and wildlife.
Contemplate in the 14th Century Fitzalan Chapel, burial place of the Dukes of Norfolk and their ancestors.
Ascend to the top of the Norman Motte & Keep that overlook some of the most beautiful downland in England and out to sea
This new formal garden is a light-hearted tribute to Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel (1585 -1646), known as 'The Collector'. It has been designed by Isabel and Julian Bannerman with Russell Taylor as job architect, and has been conceived as a Jacobean formal garden. It is in fact an imaginative re-creation of what the 'Collector' Earl's formal garden may have been like at Arundel House, his town palace overlooking the Thames in London.
The domed pergola and fountains are based on those seen in the garden vista in the background of the famous Mytens portrait of the Countess of Arundel (in the drawing room here), while the various gateways and pavilions are based on Inigo Jones's designs for Arundel House.
The grand centrepiece is the rockwork 'mountain' planted with palms and unusual ferns to represent another world, supporting a green oak version of 'Oberon's Palace', a fantastic spectacle designed by Inigo Jones for Prince Henry's Masque on New Year's Day 1611, flanked by two green oak obelisks. This contains a shell-lined interior with a stalagmite fountain and gilded coronet 'dancing' on a jet of water.
The garden is divided into formal courts with a centre canal pond, tufa-lined cascade and wild flower labyrinth. The planting is restrained - with scented magnolia grandiflora, Indian Bean Trees, shrubs and semi- tropical plants taking advantage of the walls to trap heat.
The Castle Gift Shop offers a range of gifts and souvenirs designed to appeal to all tastes and pockets. Foods, confectionery, china, books, textiles and stationery are all available. Many are exclusive to Arundel Castle.
The Castle Restaurant offers delicious food in the relaxing atmosphere of the old Refectory. Making the most of produce from the Castle gardens and local area, the Restaurant offers counter service lunches, light meals and drinks. For a lighter lunch or snack, try The Coffee Shop opposite the Restaurant. The Victorian Pantry provides an authentic setting for our tempting selection of sandwiches, cakes, pastries and drinks.
Historical Events 2013
Saturday 30 March – Monday 1 April 2013 (Easter Weekend) Normans and Crusaders
Set in 1190, Richard Coeur de Lion, King of England has disembarked on the Third Crusade and has called upon his subjects to set forth and join him. Arundel Castle guards the road linking the Medieval ports of Shoreham, Pagham, and Portsmouth, and access to the sea via the River Arun, and so is a logical mustering point for men, supplies and equipment setting out for the Continent. Set within a historical tented encampment, Raven Tor Living History Group will be recreating the crafts, weapons training, and battle tactics of the period. With the Yarnsmith of Norwich Story Teller, falconry and archery demonstrations the weekend will be filled with the sights, sounds and smells of the late Norman Period.
Sunday 14 April 2013 - Civil War Day in The Keep
Commemorating the 370th anniversary of the Siege of Arundel Castle during the English Civil War, Raven Tor Living History Group will be portraying the Royalist defenders and town’s folk, trapped in the castle during the 18 day siege by Parliamentarian soldiers. Demonstrations of crafts, weapons and costume of the 17th century, and the story of the 18 day siege.
Saturday 25, Sunday 26 & Monday 27 2013 - May Bank Holiday Siege
The year is 1483 and rebellion stalks the land. Richard, Duke of Gloucester, has seized his two nephews, imprisoned them in the Tower of London, and declared himself King. Now as King Richard III, he faces not only dissent from his own barons but another claimant to the throne in the form of Henry Tudor. As The King prepares to deal with this new threat he receives news that his ordinance has been seized by a Welsh Baron, who heading for Sussex intends to lay siege to Arundel Castle, taking it and the inland port, and holding it until Henry arrives. Although there was no historical siege of Arundel Castle in the 15th Century, the three day event will show the importance of artillery in taking a castle, and as a battle field weapon, skirmishes between the two sides, and crafts, costumes and armour of the period. With a large tented encampment throughout the upper grounds of the castle, armourer, Distant Trumpets Story Teller, and three prominent living history groups in the form of Raven Tor, British Plate Armour Society, and The Company of St. Barbara, the Bank Holiday Weekend will be filled with the sounds of battle and conflict.
Thursday 30 May 2013 - Pirate and Smugglers Day
Set on the Lower Lawns at Arundel Castle, this family day will be an opportunity to find out about the Smugglers of Sussex, and the Pirates who menaced the waters around the world. With The Yarnsmith of Norwich Story Teller, have-a-go-fencing, and pirates a plenty demonstrating crafts, weapons and activities of the 18th Century, there is something for all to do and see.
Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 June 2013 - Medieval Tournament
The Knights, Squires, Archers and Men-at-Arms of Raven Tor will meet in Tournament over this June Weekend. With competitions using a variety of weapons, the free-style fighting of the combatants will be the nearest reproduction of tournament combat seen outside of the 15th Century. With Distant Trumpets Story Teller, falconry display, archery display and competition, and a large tented encampment of crafts and displays, there is plenty to see and experience over the weekend.
Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 July 2013 - Pirates and Smugglers Weekend
Set in the late 18th Century, a notorious band of smugglers and pirates has set up camp in the grounds of Arundel Castle. The 2nd Regiment of Foot, marching to the coast for transportation to the colonies, has been requested to assist the local Customs Officers in dealing with the rogues and villains of Raven Tor Living History Group. With displays of weapons of the period, two encampments, of Smugglers and Red Coats, and have-a-go fencing and archery, there will be plenty for visitors to see & experience.
Tuesday 23 to Sunday 28 July 2013 inclusive - Medieval Joust and Tournament Week
Destrier Pro HE will be returning for an exciting and thrilling 6 day Jousting Tournament at Arundel Castle. Supported by the knights and men-at-arms of Raven Tor, Distant Trumpets story teller, the musicians of Roughe Musike, have-a-go-archery and a host of crafts, displays and entertainment within the authentic style encampment, this promises to be the largest Medieval Event the castle has undertaken. *Special Joust Week prices apply.
Thursday 1 August 2013 & Tuesday 6 August 2013 - Pirates and Smuggler Days
Set on the Lower Lawns at Arundel Castle, these family days will be an opportunity to find out about the Smugglers of Sussex, and the Pirates who menaced the waters around the world. With The Yarnsmith of Norwich Story Teller, have-a-go-fencing and archery, and pirates a plenty demonstrating crafts, weapons and activities of the 18th Century, there’s something for all to do and see.
Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 August 2013 - Medieval Warriors
Raven Tor Living History Group will be covering 500 years of the Medieval Period with demonstrations of crafts, combat and costumes set within a tented encampment on the lawns of Arundel Castle. Saxon, Vikings, and Normans will rub shoulders with knights of the 14th Century and archers of the 15th century, recreating the history of the warriors who lived and died during this turbulent time in history. With combat, archery and falconry displays.
Saturday 24, Sunday 25 & Monday 26 August 2013 - Bank Holiday Multi-period Event
Set on the Lower Lawns of Arundel Castle the tented encampment of Raven Tor Living History Group will reflect 1800 years of local and castle history in crafts, costume, and combat displays. Meet characters and experience events from the Roman Empire up to the Georgian Napoleonic Period.
Sunday 22 September 2013 - Pirate and Smuggler Day
Set in The Keep at Arundel Castle, this family day will be an opportunity to find out about the Smugglers of Sussex, and the Pirates who menaced the waters around the world. With The Yarnsmith of Norwich Story Teller, and pirates a plenty demonstrating crafts, weapons and activities of the 18th Century, there’s something for all to do and see.
Wednesday 30 & Thursday 31 October 2013 - Normans and Crusaders in The Keep
Raven Tor Living History Group will be portraying the life and times of the 12th Century Norman Period in The Keep at Arundel Castle. With combat, weapons, armour and crafts displays, visitors will be able to see what life was like for those living in a castle of this time, but those also preparing to leave on the perilous Crusades.
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