Arundel Castle, West Sussex, U.K.

Arundel is an ancient town situated on the River Arun in West Sussex, England.  Its castle, massive and dominant in the landscape, dates from the 11th Century, although considerably altered and added to since that time.

Arundel Castle has undergone many restorations and extensions since it was first built in the year following the Norman Invasion of England in 1066.  It was officially  established by Roger de Montgomery on Christmas Day 1067.   By the grace of William the Conqueror, he was the first to hold the earldom of Arundel.   The castle has remained in the possession of his descendants ever since and is now the home of the Duke of Norfolk, who is the Earl Marshal and Hereditary Marshal of England.  The current duke is Edward Fitzalan-Howard, 18th Duke of Norfolk.

My photographs, featured below, are amongst those I took on a recent visit there in October 2017.


Arundel, showing its position just a few miles inland from the English Channel and about 65 miles from London.


Showing how the castle position dominates the town and the surrounding area



Looking up to the massive southern wall of the castle


The Castle’s Western Gateway


Part of the extensive castle gardens, looking towards Arundel’s Roman Catholic Cathedral


The more private part of the castle where the present Duke of Norfolk lives


Further view of the gardens


The Root Garden, planted with the upturned roots of trees lost in the great 1987 Storm


It was pumpkin time in the castle vegetable gardens, and Halloween was approaching


A medieval montage within the castle keep


An important 12th Century visitor to the Castle


A re-enactment of 12th Century knights in battle


More Norman knights


A view of the River Arun and its bridge at Arundel after several days of rain



11 thoughts on “Arundel Castle, West Sussex, U.K.

  1. This is one that has slipped under the radar Roland. Excellent photos and description and it is now on the 2018 to visit list. Thank you.

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  2. Question. My grandmother’s mother was an orphan from Ross England, sent to her Uncle Ed living in the states. Do you have a post about that town? Curious. Thanks. J

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    • The only Ross I know of is Ross-on-Wye, which is a small market town in south eastern Herefordshire, England. It is on the River Wye and is not far from the Forest of Dean and the border with Wales. I have not personally made a blog post about it, but there is plenty of information on the internet if you search for ‘Ross-on-Wye.’ Good luck, Jeanne.

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  3. You do give a wonderful guided tour of this beautiful castle. It is imposing and yet dreamy with the fascinating gardens and waterways. The upturned root garden appeals to me, using destruction to
    create beauty. It was good you included the map, I love knowing where places are in relation to other places around. Found I have been to many places in the area but not Arundel.
    Thank you Roland

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