Tuesday, October 23, 2012
While staying in the South of England, we mostly took it as a bit of a holiday in the midst of our sharing at churches and gatherings. We had three full days to do fun things. Originally I thought we would go to Stonehenge. It would have been a two hour drive, but I thought it would be fun to see a famous monument. Then I got worried that we would drive a whole two hours and the kids would be unimpressed by rocks. We deviated from the plan and decided to treat them to a castle experience.
I read on the Internet that South England has more castles in it than the rest of England. There were so many to choose from, but Arundel Castle came highly recommended both from the web and the folk at the YWAM base where we were staying. It was the first outing that we paid for (yay for freebies!) and a bit pricey, but it was worth it. I mean how many times do you get to see a castle?
It was amazing. It took us about three hours to see the entire castle and the grounds. We tried to ask the history of it throughout. I’m still trying to understand the monarchy and exactly how everything works. I don’t have it all figured out, but I did learn so much. Did you know King Charles I was the only king beheaded in England? His original portrait hangs in Arundel Castle.
The creativity inside those castle walls was amazing. You could only take photos in The Keep, the oldest part of the castle and of course, the outside. The rooms were decorated so beautifully but you’ll just have to take my word for it. There was an entire room dedicated to Queen Victoria. They had two years notice that she was coming and had to make a whole set of bedroom furniture for her! She was shorter than I am (which is saying something, if you know me). There were little step stools and short chairs throughout the room.
What I found so interesting is that Arundel Castle is still a working castle. The Duke and Duchess of Norfolk live there. Apparently, after castle visiting hours, they have free reign of the entire castle. Their kids are older now, but can you imagine being a young child and roaming about a castle??
Have you visited a castle before? What about Stonehenge? I’m curious if it’s worth a visit next time we might be in the area?
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