If you missed the first post called Arundel Castle Gardens I suggest you go back and read it and then continue here to get a true sense of vastness and splendour of the castle! Mark and I visited in August and even though I have been to quite a few castles, this one was WOW. While we did not have to wear our masks in the grounds they were required inside the castle, just like most museums in England. Knowing the castle is nearly 1,000 years old it looks in remarkably good shape which makes sense when you find out it has been remodelled a few times! (It was originally established on Christmas Day in 1067 by Roger de Montgomery ) few of the aspects were closed due to lack of social distancing like the walkway and round tower but the guys over at Hand Luggage Only have some great photos of both if you want to see what you were missing out on!
Not only has the castle been inhabited continuously for nearly one-thousands years but it has been the seat of the Earl of Arundel since the 11th century (given to the first holder of the title by William the conqueror) and the home of the Duke of Norfolk for the last 400 years. The the library in the castle is still as Charles Howard the 11th duke of Norfolk had it designed and built in 1787 and was one of my favorite rooms though nearly every room oozed opulence. While not directly belonging to royals it does boast a long history of Visits from the monarch like Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert, in 1846.
And then a few detailed shots of my favorite room inside Arundel Castle, the plush red library with thousands of books. I would love to curl up with a book and cup of tea on one of these cozy red couches on a rainy Sunday, wouldn’t you? Sadly I am not a royal though and do not live here so that is just wishful thinking … maybe one day!
I hope you agree with me, the library is some serious house goals! And I wanted to share a few more beautiful rooms that you can see in the inside Arundel Castle – see how many references of the Queen you can find below:
Between these two posts you will see, it is a gorgeous spot and I would highly recommend a visit. You can find the latest details about the castle on their website – and I would highly recommend you check before you visit as it is not only a seasonal place but also COVID has affected their opening hours!
Would you want to go inside Arundel Castle?