The popular events calendar has been attributed to the growth in visitors. The highlight of the year, the Medieval Joust and Tournament Week in July, received 20% more visitors than in 2012. .
Autumn events at the Castle have also thrived with the Pirates in the Keep event in September and Normans in the Keep event in October attracting almost double the numbers of 2012.
Castle Manager Bryan McDonald said it had been a “great year” for Arundel Castle and pointed to the entertaining events, the magnificent gardens, the hard work of all of the Castle staff and the good summer to explain the growth. “Our events have grown in popularity with professional performances from the Raven Tor Living History Group entertaining visitors of all ages throughout the year and the exciting Joust Tournament which is set to get even bigger in 2014. The pleasant weather this summer has also certainly helped.”
Arundel Castle closed for the winter on 03 November and will re-open for visitors on 01 April 2014.