Arundel Castle: All You Need to Know for Your Visit

All You Need to Know About Visiting Arundel Castle in England!
[I got this shot from the rose garden]
I will never NOT be enamored by castles. But to be honest, I’ve never met anyone who said they blatantly DIDN’T like castles? I feel like it’s kind of impossible not to like them?

But if you don’t, well, we really shouldn’t be friends.

Arundel Castle grounds in England
[Imagine rolling up and just parking at this castle like NBD]
But if you do, well, Arundel Castle in southern England is definitely a place for you, my friend (because I’m friends with anyone who loves castles.) I even visited alone and it totes wasn’t weird and semi-befriended these 4 older ladies (and by “befriended” I mean I just took their photo. Once you become a solo traveler anyone you interact with ends up being a friend LOL.)

But aside from its beauty, what was the most mind blowing thing about this castle to me? Um, that people actually STILL LIVE THERE.

Mic drop.

Arundel Castle in England
[Look at this pretty place!]
Who lives in Arundel Castle, you ask? Well, the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk and their kids. That’s IT.

Imagine telling your friends that you live in a freaking castle. But also, how do I meet these people and become friends with them so I can stay there??

However, I also saw lots of semi-creepy paintings in them with people dying and what not so idk how I feel about that – like it MUST be haunted, right???

But at the same time, it’s a castle, so idk I’d imagine any of the potential ghosts would be pretty cool to hang out with anyway. If anything, they must have some epic stories.

Arundel Castle grounds viewed from one of the windows inside the castle
[Love a good window view, you know?]
Like, it was established in 1067. 1067. That’s almost 1000 years of history!!!! I’ll give you a moment to let that sink in.

Of course, it was remodeled and rebuilt along the way, but it’s still pretty cool that it was originally built so long ago.

Arundel Castle is located in southern England and easy to get to by train
[Here’s a visual representation, if you’re interested – this shows the distance from Victoria Station]
And it’s less than 2 hours away (!!!) south of London, both by car and public transportation ;)! Um hiiiiiii. If you’re taking public transport, just take the Southern Line from Victoria Station and get off in Arundel! That’s it. Easy peasy.

I went while I was staying in Chichester and it was a super convenient bus ride away! I could have also taken the train if I wanted, too. Yay for wonderful public transportation – this continues to amaze me since I grew up in the states, where the public transportation is literally the worst.

There are various ticket levels to choose from, with the priciest being the Gold Plus that includes all the rooms, including the bedrooms. The castle itself is BEAUTIFUL, and if you’re a castle geek definitely get the ticket that includes the interior rooms of the castle. They are STUNNING!

Arundel Castle in England
[#perspective]
You can just buy tickets at the gate. The grounds and rest of the castle open at 10AM, but the rooms inside don’t open until 12PM because the family is still using them (if you want a list of opening times and ticket prices for Arundel Castle, go here.)

If you’re wondering, when people are touring the castle, the family goes to another set of quarters that are still part of the castle, but off-limits to visitors (yes I asked because I’m hella nosy haha.)

The Fitzalan Chapel at Arundel Castle
[Outside the Fitzalan Chapel]
There’s a restaurant and cafe you can visit if you get hungry (of course – what establishment doesn’t have some area where you can spend your ££??) The prices were definitely a little more expensive than usual, but nothing ridiculous. And yes, you can get afternoon tea there 😉

However, I’d recommend just brining your own food and having a picnic somewhere outside if the weather’s nice! There are a TON of prime picnic spots just begging to be picnicked.

Here are the different spots you can visit in and outside of the castle:

THE KEEP

View of Arundel Castle grounds from The Keep
[The view from The Keep]
The Keep is worth checking out just for the view alone. It’s also a really cool piece of history, too – I’ll be honest, even though I’m obsessed with castles I didn’t know what a “keep” was – turns out it’s a tower that’s used as a place of refuge if the castle is being attacked.

View of Arundel Castle grounds from The Keep
[Anotha one]
It’s also over 1000 years old, so you know, NBD. It’s also the first part of the castle to close at 4:30PM, so be sure to go there first!

THE GARDENS HAVE HEDGEHOGS!!!

A greenhouse in the gardens at the Arundel Castle
[One of the greenhouses]
A fountain in the gardens at the Arundel Castle
[Love the fountain and color of the water here!]
I LOVE flowers, so I was stoked to visit the gardens. And they did not disappoint!

A greenhouse in the gardens at the Arundel Castle
[Greenhouse lyfe 4ever]
A greenhouse in the gardens at the Arundel Castle
[I honestly wouldn’t mind living in a greenhouse. Especially if I could live in the one at Arundel Castle]
The gardens at Arundel Castle have hedgehogs in them!
[A shitty picture of the sign that proclaims the area a Hedgehog Sanctuary]
The gardens are 100% organic, and they even had a little hedgehog home!! Apparently, they take in hedgehogs that have been rehabilitated (I think either they were injured in the wild or they were pets and no longer wanted) and they are released in their garden to help deal with their slug problem!

The hedgehog house in the gardens at Arundel Castle
[The hedgehog house]
And no, I didn’t see any hedgies while I was there, but just knowing they were there, hedgehog-ing about, was enough for me.

Also, did you know that hedgehogs are actually native to parts of Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia? Maybe if you live in one of these places you’re totally aware, but I am not, and had no idea. I honestly thought that hedgehogs were some sort of exotic pet that appeared out of thin air (or assumed they were from some random tiny island somewhere), but alas, they are actually native to many parts of the world!

The gardens at Arundel Castle are all organic!
[My kinda gardens – 100% organic bby]
But the Arundel Castle Gardens were literally my dream come true. Organic gardens with fresh seasonal food, and cute animals like hedgehogs running around!

Crown Fountain in the gardens at Arundel Castle
[The crown fountain – the water from the fountain was holding the crown up! So cool right]
The green houses were gorgeous of course, too. And I was a fan of the “crown fountain” I saw there – like where can I get one of those???

THE CATHEDRAL

The Cathedral at the Arundel Castle
[The Cathedral as seen from the gardens]
You have to visit the cathedral, too, of course! Just look at that architecture…

The Cathedral at the Arundel Castle with flowers in the foreground
[Alternative shot of the cathedral with flowers]

FITZALAN CHAPEL

Interior of the Fitzalan Chapel at Arundel Castle
[The Fitzalan Chapel is really pretty]
This is near the castle gardens, and definitely worth a peek!

THE ROSE GARDEN

Arundel Castle in England as seen from the rose garden
[I snagged this shot from the rose garden]
Once you’re done with the Arundel Castle Gardens, don’t forget to visit the rose garden!

It’s a little off to the side, near the entrance of the castle. Of course, the roses aren’t always in bloom, but I was lucky enough to be there when they were (I went in early August.) It’s a great place for photos of the castle, too!

CASTLE INTERIOR

Interior of the Arundel Castle
[Everyone exploring the interior of the castle]
There are plenty of rooms to visit inside the castle, too – the Gold Ticket allows you to see all the castle rooms, while the Gold Plus also gives you access to the bedrooms (see all the ticket prices here).

I paid for the Gold Plus because I wanted to see what was up with everything (plus it was only £2 more than the Gold Ticket) but I wasn’t, like, ENAMORED with the bedrooms. They were cool to see, though, but I wouldn’t say they’re necessary to your entire experience.

Toilet in the Arundel Castle
[Cool castle toilets]

ARUNDEL TOWN

Half-timbered building in Arundel, England
[Half-timbered houses ALL DAY BABY]
Want to visit the rest of Arundel? It’s such a cute little town with a pretty historic downtown. Here’s what I recommend:

  • Get your afternoon tea on at one of the many tea places in town
  • Check out some cute shops
  • See the view above the town
  • Check out the Arundel Museum (only £1 when you show your entry ticket to the castle!)
  • The Blackfriar Dominican Friary Ruins are cool, too (they’re right outside the castle)
Part of Arundel Castle from the Outside
[Castle walls in part of the town]
I hope you enjoy your visit to this magical place! And say hi to the hedgehogs for me 😉

Arundel Castle in England
[Castles + roses = a happy heart!]

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20 thoughts on “Arundel Castle: All You Need to Know for Your Visit

  1. Who doesn’t love castles? They’re awesome. My hometown has one and I never get tired of telling people that I can see the castle from my old bedroom window. How cool is that? This looks amazing, so beautiful

  2. I’m from England and although I’ve heard of arundel castle I never where it was or just how beautiful is was. I don’t live in England any more but I will try get a visit in next time I’m home!

    1. Yeah, I’ve spent quite a bit of time in England but had never heard of it either! Literally only went because it was close to my house sit, but now I’m so glad I did! Hope you get down there next time 🙂

  3. That is so cool that you can visit the castle even though people are living there! It really would be amazing to live in one. Love all your tips and hope to visit Arundel the next time I’m in England! 🙂

    1. Right! I was mindblown that people actually still lived there haha. I still have hope – maybe going to petition them to let me move in or something 😉 Like I’ll clean the dungeon (if that’s still a thing lol) – I don’t care!!

  4. Gahh England has so many great towns! Those Londoners are lucky to be close to so many gems. Loved this post and your photos! I’ve never heard of this place and now adding it to my list.

    1. I know, I really want to go back and see more! And hopefully with a car – I feel like it makes things 10000 times easier haha. 🙂

  5. Oh, I love castles and like to wander around the rooms and would enjoy trying to find some hidden connections between all the rooms. Ha; it always reminds me of those old movies about the D´Artagnan and the Musketeers…

    1. Castles are literally the BEST. And haha by hidden connections I’m assuming you mean secret passageway-type things and I am HERE FOR THAT

    1. Yes, one of my faves!! (Although let’s be real, I haven’t visited THAT many castles but I do think it’s super pretty haha)

  6. I love castles too! Never heard of this one before but now I definitely want to visit.. Thanks for sharing 🙂 Hopefully I’ll get to see the hedgies – ooomg so cute

    1. Yeah I hadn’t heard of it either but so glad I stumbled upon it! And yes – I was really crossing my fingers that I’d see one, but maybe you’ll have more luck than me!

  7. SO GOREGEOUS!! You’re right, who DOESN”T love castles haha? I love that people still actually live there! And that fountain with the crown – how cool is that?! I’d definitely love to visit this castle one day!

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