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Arundel Castle
West Sussex, BN18 9AB
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Arundel Castle in West Sussex is both an ancient castle and a stately home. Set high on a hill, the Castle has commanded the striking landscape of the South Downs for nearly ten centuries.

Arundel Castle is situated in magnificent grounds overlooking the River Arun in West Sussex. The Castle was founded at the end of the 11th century by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel and today is the family home of the 18th Duke of Norfolk.

The Castle offers a full day out with guided and free-flow tours of its finely preserved rooms including the Baron’s Hall, 14th Century Catholic Fitzalan Chapel, Regency Library and Victorian bedrooms alongside opportunities to ascend the Norman Motte and Keep and enjoy The Collector Earl’s Garden.

Suited to visitors of all ages, the Castle also offers an action-packed calendar of historical events throughout its open season, including a thrilling Jousting and Medieval Tournament in July.

Accessibility Information

Access to the Castle

There is Blue Badge allocated parking near the Ticket Office, which is at the bottom of the hill at the main entrance. There is level access to the Ticket Office, however a steep incline to reach the Castle. A buggy is available to take visitors up the hill and can be arranged by asking a member of staff upon arrival at the Ticket Office.

Accessibility inside the Castle

The ground floor of the Castle is accessible via a permanent ramped entrance and a passenger lift. Once inside, most of the Castle is accessible to wheelchairs via lifts. The lift in the foyer area takes visitors to the lower ground and ground floor. There is a Victorian lift that takes visitors to the ground and first floor, this lift has a width restriction of 24 inches due to its age. If a wheelchair is too wide to fit in this lift, collapsible wheelchairs are available for visitors to use within the Castle.

The restaurant, coffee shop and gift shop are accessible once inside the Castle. The Barons Hall is accessible via a platform lift as there are three steps, the controls for the lift are 90-120cm high. Accessible toilets are available via a lift and do not require a key to open.

Staff receive relevant training to cater to the needs of visitors with disabilities and a bowl of water can be provided for assistance dogs.

Approximately a third of the Castle is not accessible for people with due to its ancient architecture, for instance, spiral staircases and narrow corridors in the Keep. The bedrooms are not accessible to visitors that require wheelchair access as there are several flights of steps. Braille, audio guides and staff with British Sign Language are not available.

Accessing the Gardens

There are footpaths throughout the Gardens and ramps are available wherever there are steps. Benches are available in some locations to allow visitors to rest. There are some slopes and some gravel paths. The Fitzalan Chapel has steps and does not have a ramp. 

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