Arundel Castle: 10th October 2014.
Arundel Castle has been on our ‘things to do’ list for some time. If you don’t want to see it all, you can, for instance, just buy a ticket for the gardens. But, if you’re a member of English Heritage or the National Trust, you can get a free ‘upgrade’ … that is, for instance, a ‘Gold Plus’ ticket to see everything, for the price of a ‘Gold’, which has some restrictions on it.
Even if you bought the lowest grade of ticket, just for the gardens, you’ll still have a good visit.
There’s a buggy to convey you around the grounds, if you wish, and the driver advised that, at this time of year, the Rose Garden is past its best. So, we gave that a miss, and saved it for another time.
However, a delight at any time of year is the ‘Earl’s Garden’, where plants and flowers from all over the world have been collected and arranged into secluded nooks, with many fountains, set against the backdrop of the Parish Church.
And, what a church! You could be forgiven for thinking it was a cathedral. Incorporated into this is the Fitzalan Family Chapel. That, again, is bigger than a lot of churches. It’s completely walled off from the rest of the church … not so the ‘hoi polloi’ couldn’t see the family at their devotions, but because they were Roman Catholics, at a time when practice of that faith was frowned upon.