Arundel Castle and its gardens

Thursday 27 June 2024

The 11th century Norman keep, medieval gatehouse and barbican were inherited by a member of the Fitzalan family in the 13th century and then the Howards in the 16th century and has been the home of the dukes of Norfolk, hereditary earl marshals of England, for 850 years. The living accommodation was rebuilt and modernised by the 15th duke in the 1870s.

The extensive castle grounds contain much of interest including the former medieval stew ponds and many specimen trees, such as an unusually large Ginkgo biloba (or Maidenhair tree) and Catalpa bignonioides (Indian bean tree) as well as the garden ‘rooms’. The latter include a large rose garden and, surrounding the Fitzalan Chapel, the White Garden.

The larger part of the gardens is made up of the beautiful Collector Earl’s Garden, designed by Isabel and Julian Bannerman in 2008, water features, a quirky stumpery, tropical garden, abundant kitchen garden and glasshouses, all under the aegis of Head Gardener and Landscape Designer Martin Duncan, who has worked as landscape designer for the royal palaces in Jordan and as head gardener for the botanical gardens and Government House, Bermuda.

The castle is built on a high point so there is a steepish slope to walk up in order to reach the gardens. Golf buggies are available if any member has difficulty walking. A small coffee hub can be found within the gardens but the main café/restaurant is within the castle itself.

If you have any questions about the day, please email Briony Marriott:

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Bank Transfer

By bank transfer with reference ARUNDEL
Sort Code 40 40 32
Account 5161 4002
Account name: Mediterranean Plants and Gardens
IBAN GB63 HBUK 4040 3251 6140 02


If you wish to pay by bank transfer in euros, please contact David Mason