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Focus on Arundel

Posted 2 April 2019 by Andrew Gardner

Where is Arundel?

Arundel is a historic town in the heart of West Sussex. It has a brilliant castle, a cathedral and many historic buildings, plus fabulous views over the Arun Valley and South Downs. Arundel has direct trains to London – you get a terrific view of the castle from the train – and local bus services to help you explore Sussex, and is on the A27.

What can I do in Arundel?

Discover history, heritage, urban chic and pretty countryside, all with easy access to London and the Sussex coast. There's a vibrant arts scene, interesting shops and galleries and lots of places to eat and drink. If you're staying in our Arundel self-catering cottages it's easy to explore the edges of town on foot or go further afield; there are plenty of options for cycling and it's on the Monarch's Way, Britain's second-longest signed walking route. Although the town is on a hill there are flat riverside walks nearby.

Culture and history of Arundel

The original castle was a Norman motte-and-bailey construction; in the 12th century it became a formidable stone fortress, of which the barbican and keep are still visible, and the Gothic building you see today – which open to the public and lived-in- owes much to 18th and 19th-century restoration. Arundel Festival in August is one of the South of England's largest street festivals, featuring music, art trails, street theatre, dragon racing and a fabulous fireworks finale. Plus duck racing, of course!

Character and views

Our charming holiday cottages are the perfect base to soak up the character of Arundel and explore the area. The historic town is fascinating and you'll find glorious views in every direction. Arundel Castle sits on a rocky outcrop above the town, which starts flat by the river and slopes steeply up – so take it slow as you explore, stopping in the shops, galleries, cafes and teashops on your way.

Days out near Arundel

With plenty of footpaths there's great walking in this area – head out through Arundel Park past the Hiorne Tower into the surrounding countryside; or start by the river and stroll through the meadows to the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust just outside town. Cycle routes connect Arundel with other parts of Sussex, including the seaside. Nearby Amberley village has a brilliant Industrial Heritage Museum, with working exhibits.

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