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Arundel Castle Tulip Festival

Posted on
April 3, 2023

Arundel Castle is proud to announce that its renowned Tulip Festival is returning in 2023. Held between April and early May, the festival is regarded as one of the top tulip displays in Europe, and is set against the breathtaking backdrop of the castle’s gardens.

A sea of colour awaits as the festival showcases over 120 different named tulips planted by the castle’s award-winning Head Gardener, Martin Duncan, and his team. This year’s festival is set to feature over 100,000 tulips, creating a stunning display of colour and beauty as the bulbs, which have been dormant underground throughout the winter, burst into bloom.

The festival will feature an array of tulips, including Purple Passionale, White Triumphator, Angelique, Madame Lefeber, Curley Sue, and Flaming Spring Green to name but a few. Plus, for the first time in history, the castle’s iconic steep bank has been planted with more than 10,000 Oxford red tulips, while the labyrinth has been planted with over 14,000 King’s Blood tulips to create a stunning feature, in celebration of the King Charles III’s Coronation in May.

Martin Duncan, Arundel Castle’s Head Gardener, commented:

“We are thrilled that we are once again able to hold the iconic Tulip Festival at Arundel Castle. Our team has worked around the clock over the winter to create a beautiful display of tulips that will delight visitors of all ages. We invite everyone to come and see the amazing display of colours and hues that the tulips will bring. It really will be a spectacular display of nature at its finest, and you will truly be able to immerse yourself in the vibrant colours of spring.”

The Tulip Festival at Arundel Castle will take place during April and early May, but due to the unpredictability of when the bulbs will bloom, visitors are encouraged to check Arundel Castle’s social media channels or website to find out when the tulip display is ready to avoid disappointment.

Tickets to the Tulip Festival are available from and cost from £14.00 per adult and £6.50 per child. Under 5s go free. Check the website for full details.


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