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Historic castle prepares to reopen

Arundel Castle opens to visitors on Tuesday 01 April 2014

Arundel Castle’s expert conservationists, maintenance team, archivists, gardeners and management have been working tirelessly to prepare the Castle for its 2014 season opening on Tuesday 01 April 2014.
With over 1,000 years of history, Arundel Castle is one of the largest inhabited and complete castles in England. Its expansive interior has undergone extensive cleaning and has been carefully inspected for any required necessary renovations or restorations. 

More than 300 pieces of artwork have been examined including twelve special tapestries as well as rare paintings by renowned artists including Van Dyck, Gainsborough and Canaletto. Vast oak and mahogany surfaces have been polished, including over 300 square metres of fine oak panelling in the Barons Hall, using over thirty tins of bees wax. Twenty-seven clocks have been wound and thirty seven roof areas cared for.  

The walled Castle gardens have been transformed during the winter months. Head gardener Martin Duncan and his team have hand-planted 36,000 spring bulbs, wrapped up the less hardy subtropical plants and created new additions to the artistic Stumpery.  

A small exhibition on the Castle’s role in WWI has been prepared to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War.   

Bryan McDonald, Castle Manager, explained: “A huge flurry of work has been undertaken during our winter hiatus in order to present the Castle in its best possible condition to visitors this spring.  

“Our packed 2014 events calendar has been confirmed with the much-anticipated Jousting and Medieval Tournament on 22-27 July tipped to be bigger and better than ever.  

We look forward to welcoming both returning and new visitors of all ages to explore our beautiful and impressive gardens as well as the Victorian bedrooms, 14th Century Fitzalan Chapel and Norman Keep.”

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