Arundel Castle | "Van's Castle"


Ok, so before you get to the monstrous amount of photos from Arundel Castle, here is a little back story on why this is "Van's Castle". After returning from a weekend in Scotland, Van called up his Mamaw to dish about how much we loved Scotland. She is a world traveler herself and told us that Scotland was one of her favorite places to visit. So naturally, we had to call and gush about how much we loved it too.

When we called, she had some interesting news for us. She had been doing some digging as to where her family, the Allens, came from. Apparently, her Allen family name may actually have been derived from FitzAlan. And FitzAlan is the name of the very wealthy family that owned this castle back in the day. While the final owners of the castle were the Howard family (after Mary FitzAlan married a Howard) the FitzAlan family is still a huge part of the castle. From the crests to the FitzAlan Chapel....it's all there. Upon hearing this news, we knew we had to make a trip down to the castle ASAP!

We have visited a good amount of castles over the past year and consider ourselves versed in castles. So let me tell you, it is very obvious (kind of like Alnwick Castle) that this castle was very wealthy. Well, and still is, as it is partially occupied. The grounds and castle are super expansive. We walked for what seemed to be hours around the castle. And it was gorgeous. With our English Heritage passes, we were able to get a decent discount and purchased the Gold Plus passes to be able to see all there was to see. Unfortunately, I was unable to take photos inside the castle. But let me tell you it was gorgeous. It was an understated elegance. The decor was beautiful but seemed comfortable. There were animal heads everywhere and it almost had a bit of a lodge feel too it. I could call it home, that's for sure! And the gardens were stunning, even on a dreary British day. 

So anyway, to say that we enjoyed Arundel Castle is an understatement, especially with the daydreams of royal blood running through our minds! So take a look for yourself...

The Grounds + Castle

And the FitzAlan Chapel


Mamaw, I hope we did you proud!!
Treasure Tromp

30 comments

  1. Such beautiful grounds - also super cool that you might have some royal blood in your family!

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  2. Gorgeous photos! Haha, the name connection is pretty cool :)

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  3. I am so glad you posted all those photos. They are wonderful! That does look like a great castle to visit and I can't wait to see it. One of my travel goals is to visit all the castles of England on the Britain Express website- I need to ensure this one gets visited sooner than later.

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  4. I just looked up the website and they have such great info about all of the castles!! Thanks for sharing!! Yes, you must put this one on your list....and check some of the others we have been to as well if you need some first hand info :)

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  5. I can only imagine how beautiful it is in the spring!! Maybe an excuse for a trip back??

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  6. Right? I mean who doesn't want to be British royalty? :)

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  7. I can dream right? It really was exciting to tour the grounds with that thought in the back of our minds :)

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  8. Lovely photos! You guys really have visited a lot of castles this year! I've yet to see some of the most famous ones except we did see St. Michael's Mount in Cornwall - that was really cool!


    Don't you just hate it when they tell you photography is prohibited? Sometimes I've chosen not to visit somewhere just because of that rule.

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  9. We have yet to make it down to Cornwall...I so want to go. Tintagel Castle is down there I believe and it looks pretty cool too! It drives me crazy that I can't take pictures inside! Especially when we were at Downton Abbey :( But good for you for just outright refusing!

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  10. Forget the castle! When I'm unbelievably wealthy, I'm going to blow all my money on the over-the-top gardens!

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  11. I love castles too! They are so romantic and mysterious! I think that is why I loved Ireland so much. There is a castle or ruins everywhere you look! It just makes everything seem so pretty!

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  12. It really is a gorgeous castle! So cool that you have a personal connection to it!!

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  13. Oh that castle looks so pretty! I hope to see a castle somewhere in Europe when I leave next week! :)

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  14. Those gardens are amazing! What is that yellowish orange flower with the red streaks? So pretty.

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  15. Whoa that castle is intense!! I cannot imagine living in one of these. I love castles, but we've never made it a priority to go visit one. I'll definitely have to put this on my list. :)

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  16. You're welcome! I'll definitely be checking out the others you've visited to help decide which ones need to be seen first. With 172 on that website I might need to prioritize!:-)

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  17. Yeah, the gardens were pretty incredible. Oh, to be rich!

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  18. We still haven't made it to Ireland! Did you blog about it? I can't wait to visit!

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  19. It's ok to dream right? It really was an amazing castle :)

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  20. Yes, you must! If you travel by car, it's pretty easy to google castles and find one near by!

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  21. I think it was a dahlia maybe? I don't know.....I have a black thumb so I'm not much of a gardener. It was beautiful though!

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  22. Castles are so much fun! I just love them because I feel like a little girl again, imagining what life as a princess would be like :)

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  23. Yes prioritze....because you can spend an entire day at some of them!

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  24. We've been National Trust members, which has been great, but you are convincing me that we need to switch to English Heritage when our membership runs out to take advantage of both! Especially if Arundel is discounted! Such a beautiful castle. I only went to eat in town, but have yet to visit the castle. I've been wanting to though! Such a beauty!

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  25. These pictures are seriously beautiful!

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  26. What a cool thing to think that his ancestors once roamed this castle! It truly is beautiful as well - like you said, you can tell it was wealthy and also not completely one of those ugly fortress.

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  27. Yes, I am not a fan of the fortresses...although the hubby is always impressed with them!

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  28. Yes! We get discounts on almost every castle that isn't English Heritage, even in Scotland and Wales. I think the only castle we have come across that wasn't discounted was Leeds Castle! I just loved the town and the castle....we had such a nice little weekend getaway!

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