Overlooking the River Arun in West Sussex, Arundel Castle will leave you speechless.

In mid-April, more than 60,000 tulips will bloom in the Arundel Castle in West Sussex. The Annual Tulip Festival gardens will be decorated with swathes of colourful flowers for three weeks.

There will be around 130 varieties of tulip including deep maroon Queen of the Night, Marilyn and the mandarin-scented Ballerina.

The castle is over the Surrey border south of Haslemere. Around the Easter holidays, it will be a great place for families to visit.

The head gardener of the castles says they have a number of unusual tulips this year.

They have spent months planning the display and the decorations. Towards the end of April, their red and white labyrinth of red Apeldoom tulips and the white Thalia Narcissus would be in their most beautiful form.

The bright red tulip and the Persian Pearl grows to only 15 cm.

A lavish scene will set the Parrot Negrita, Black Parrot, and Rococo in the Collector Earl’s Garden. In the Tropical Borders, there will be bright orange and yellow Firework and Rhapsody of Smiles tulips.

When to visit the Annual Tulip Festival at Arundel Castle:

It will take place from mid-April to early-May.

The Green-fingered fold will appear for April 28 when the Spring Plant Fair returns. The Allium Extravaganza will run after the tulips – from mid-May to mid-June.

The Castle and the gardens will open on April 2 (from 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday to Sunday).

How to book:

Where: Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9PA.

Phone: 01903 882173.

Parking: Directly opposite to the Castle entrance there is a car park.

Prices: Starting at £13 per person. A season pass for the gardens is £35.

Tours: Arranged in advance, private guided tours can be scheduled by contacting them.