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Arundel Castle joins the tourist board’s national quality scheme for attractions

VisitEngland’s quality scheme signs up 1000th attraction

VisitEngland, the country’s national tourist board has signed up its 1000th attraction to its Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme (VAQAS). Arundel Castle, home to the Duke of Norfolk, joins the VisitEngland quality scheme for the first time.

The 11th century castle was assessed by VisitEngland’s independent assessors and will today be awarded the VisitEngland plaque by Lady Cobham, VisitEngland’s Chairman.

Lady Cobham commented: “I am delighted to welcome Arundel Castle into the VisitEngland quality scheme. This is one of the most beautiful stately homes in England. Our assessors praised Arundel Castle for offering a truly memorable experience to visitors where standards of interpretation and customer care were very high and the presentation of the grounds and gardens was outstanding.”

Set in magnificent grounds and overlooking the River Arun in West Sussex, Arundel Castle has been open to the public since 1800. As well as the new Collector Earl Garden, visitors can enjoy climbing the ancient Castle Keep and discovering the splendour of the Castle rooms. Centuries of national and family history are reflected in the fine collection of furniture dating back to the 16th century, clocks, tapestries, portraits by Van Dyke, Gainsborough and Canaletto, as well as religious, heraldic and historical items from the Duke’s collection including some personal possessions of Mary Queen of Scots.

The VisitEngland quality plaque for attractions is recognised as a stamp of approval. Visitors to England can be assured that if they see the organisation’s red rose logo outside an attraction it has been annually assessed by an independent assessor.

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