Sussex

Arundel, West Sussex

Perched on the River Arun, Arundel is like a scene straight out of a fairy tale with its dramatic architectural and historical buildings sweeping across the skyline. Home to one of England’s largest castles, a range of independent shops, boutique tearooms and famous landmarks, it offers plenty to see and do that will appeal to all ages and interests.

Arundel has history running through its veins, with its streets twisting and turning with the hands of time. An inland port and market town for centuries, it’s believed that the town has been inhabited since at least the Roman times and has had a port since before the Norman Conquest. Proudly parading its heritage on its sleeves, its roads and pathways are lined with historic buildings and landmarks, including the 11th Century Arundel Castle.

Visit Arundel 

If you’ve never been to Arundel before, you’ll find strolling around its picturesque pathways and high street are a great way to orientate yourself and soak up the character of the town. With all the joys of modern life along side its historical attractions, the town centre features all kinds of unmissable gems. To keep you fuelled on your exploration, pop into Castle Chocolates (creators of luxury confectionary since 1989) and indulge your sweet tooth with a bag full of treats to pop in your pocket as you wander. 

For artistic inspiration, head to local galleries Gallery57 and Zimmer Stewarts Gallery and enjoy the beautiful artworks and stunning sculptures on show. Later, after perusing all the gorgeous boutique shops, a pick-me-up at one of the many bijoux cafés and tempting restaurants will be a great way to reward your efforts. Tuck into traditional pub favourites at the Black Horse, have a cup of coffee at Juniper and experience fine dining at the Town House for something to tantalize everyone’s taste buds.

Things to Do in Arundel 

Arundel Cathedral

Arundel Cathedral takes pride of place atop Parsons Hill overlooking the town of Arundel. With its stretching views, dramatic gothic architecture and stunning interiors, it makes for one of the most striking attractions in West Sussex. There are also year-round concerts and recitals performed in this Catholic cathedral by the cathedral choir.

Arundel Museum

Arundel Museum sits within an award-winning, open-plan building on the banks of the River Arun. Providing a detailed insight into the town’s history, it displays everything from pre-historic flint tools to Roman floor tiles to WW2 artefacts all found in the local area. As well as permanent exhibitions, the gallery also hosts special events and expert talks. 

Arundel Lido 

If you’re visiting Arundel in summer, then a trip to Arundel Lido is a must – the only remaining Lido in West Sussex. An outdoor pool in the heart of the town, it offers a unique setting for a truly invigorating dip. For added comfort, the pool is heated to a balmy 28 degrees in the summer season, adding a Mediterranean twist to your day by the water.

Arundel Castle

A must-visit attraction in West Sussex is Arundel Castle, the seat of the Duke of Norfolk. Built 1,000 years ago, it is one of the oldest castles in the UK and still boasts many of its original features, including its Norman keep, Medieval gatehouse and barbican. Take a guided tour of the magnificent castle, gaze at its intricate tapestries and rare artwork, and drift through its grounds and gardens.

Arundel Wetland Centre

A world of wildlife awaits at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust's Arundel Wetland Centre. Comprising a variety of habitats, the reserve’s waterways, lakes, reed beds, and waterfalls support many wildlife species. As well as there being lots of resident species, many of the reserve’s wild visitors change along with the seasons, meaning there is always something fascinating to see throughout the year.

Arundel Festival

If you are in West Sussex in the summer, then pop the Arundel Festival of the Arts in your diary. A 10-day festival usually held in August each year, the event has been running for nearly half a decade and is one of the most anticipated festivals in the South. Join in for a vibrant celebration of music, art, theatre and culture. 

South Downs National Park 

Arundel sits on the fringes of the South Downs National Park and is the perfect base for exploration and outdoor activities. With thousands of miles of footpaths, trails and coast path, this sprawling expanse offers something for everyone – whether you can’t wait to lace up your walking boots, head off for a day sight-seeing or simply want to relax.

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