Arundel Castle, currently the seat of the Duke of Norfolk, dates from approximately 1070 and is one of the most complete remaining British castles. Exhibits within the castle include various works of art, armour and period furnishings and a visit includes the opportunity to view the Gothic architecture of the 14thC Fitzalan Chapel as well as explore the established gardens. Special historical events are regularly showcased and included in the normal admission tariff. Arundel Castle has also featured in various films such as Henry VIII as well as The Prince and the Pauper.
Some of the facilities are not easily accessible to disabled patrons, details being provided at the website. There is ample parking and the premises include both a restaurant and gift shop. Credit cards other than Diners Club or American Express are accepted. Please note that photography within the castle is prohibited and that no dogs other than assistance animals are allowed. Full details of the opening hours and tariffs, including reduced rates for groups of 20 or more persons, are provided at the website.
American Museum in Britain
Established in 1961, the American Museum was the brainchild of two American citizens, Dallas Pratt and John Judkyn. They had the idea of creating a museum in Britain that housed American artefacts, including native American Indian textiles and art.
Each of the rooms of the museum are authentically furnished to recreate a different period of American history, from early colonial times through to more modern periods. In addition to the permanent displays that are here there are also temporary exhibitions too. Since the museum is closed during winter each season there is also a new exhibition that lasts throughout the following summer.
The museum stands within 120 acres of landscaped gardens and within these gardens there are outdoor exhibitions and displays.
The museum is open between mid March and the end of October. It is open between 12 midday and 5pm every day, expect Monday. It is however open on Bank Holiday Mondays and every Monday during August.
The admission charges are:
Museum, Grounds and Exhibition:
Adult - £7.50 (11.25 Euros)
Senior Citizens/Students - £6.50 (9.75 Euros)
Children (aged 5-16) - £4.00 (6 Euros)
Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children) - £20.00 (30 Euros)
Grounds and Exhibition:
Adult - £5.00 (7.5 Euros)
Seniors/Students - £4.00 (6 Euros)
Children (5-16) - £3.00 (4.5 Euros)
Cerne Abbas Giant
The Cerne Abbas Giant is a 180 feet (55m) tall chalk figure that is carved into the hillside overlooking the Dorset village of Cerne Abbas. It is best viewed from a viewpoint on the A353 road, which is the main Dorchester to Sherbourne road.
The true origin of this figure is not known. One theory believes that it is over 1,500 years old and represents the Roman God, Hercules, whilst other theories believe it is more recent and represents a long list of different historical figures. The first recorded reference to this carving dates from 1694.
The Cerne Abbas Giant is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and it is in the care of the National Trust
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