The castle is the ancestoral home of the Dukes of Norfolk and is set in 40 acres, with fine views across the South Downs. There is a vinery, nineteenth century walled kitchen garden, cut flower border and Fitzalan Chapel with its own white garden. A new garden opened at Arundel in May 2008 - The Collector Earl's Garden. The area was orginally part of the kitchen garden but had been used as a car park since the 1970s until its redevelopment. It is a memorial to the 14th Earl of Arundel, an avid art collector. There is a central canal and domed pergola.
Arundel, West Sussex, England, BN18 9AB
Late March to early November. Tuesday to Sunday. Also open Mondays in August and Bank Holiday Mondays.
2 stars only for the Rose Garden but 4 for the The Collector Earls Garden most interesting somewhat rustic domed pergola and other structures and fountains, all with exotic planting, area then leads into the rest of the garden a series of well designed areas with colourful herbaceous borders, and very good kitchen and herb garden.
about 5 years by
5 / 5
Stunning garden!! The rose garden was a very relaxed space and you feel you can really switch off. The grounds are a perfect introduction to the gardens with carefully placed trees that you can see will be a splendour in the Autumn, later on and especially gives you the feel that you are in a valley! The addition of late flowering narsisus is a marvelous idea. The tulips in the Earls garden are awe inspiring and too the highest standard!! The planting is a genius daring adventure and a must for the sub-tropicana buffs! The information delivered to us by the gardener was very informative and shows a level of professionalism that binds the garden together The flower garden is a beautifully structured design that depicts everyones dream garden rolled into one and like the other gardens is kept so well! Each corner delivers a new experience and the veg garden is a reminder of days of old with a twist of the fantasy! Lovely greenhouses and all in all!!
A credit to Arundel
I'll be back in the summer.
about 5 years by
5 / 5
I always enjoy visiting the gardens at Arundel Castle. I have been many times and have watched the arrangements and gardens change through the seasons and years. My favourite area is the kitchen garden which adopts an organic approach to growing and is un-obsessed with the sterilisation of the garden by the removal of every weed. What by many would be considered a weed often has benefits for the crops growing around them. The crops seem to benefit from this and I have been told that the crops grown are used in the household.
The collector Ears garden is an interesting, if unexpected addition to the grounds. A gardeners imagination can really run wild here with all manner of unusual plants in this most English of locations.
The Rose garden has been respectfully revived and is a good quiet spot to sit for a few moments away from the crowd.
My favourite part of the day was chatting to two of the gardeners about the plants and their work. Their patience and love for what they do can be seen throughout the gardens.
If you want to see a sterile garden where nature has been well and truly tamed don't visit Arundel. If you have a love for organic gardening and want to see a large scale working kitchen garden- this is the place for you.
about 6 years by
2 / 5
The buildings and layout of the collectors garden is awe inspiring. Its a shame that the rest of the gardens especially the rose garden, vegetable and flower garden seem to be full of weeds and plants poorly pruned and full of pests. Not worth the money, West dean gardens are much better.
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