Quirky, fun & cosmopolitan, a short break in Arundel combines one thousand years of history with opportunities for walking, canoeing and cycling in the South Downs National Park, on the river Arun or on the coast.
A gothic Cathedral and Arundel Castle, seat of The Dukes of Norfolk, dominate the skyline. Set in 40 acres of sweeping grounds and gardens, Arundel Castle is open seasonally and is the second largest caste in England with priceless works of art and The Collectors Earl’s Garden. Discover more about the town’s colourful past at the Arundel Museum History Store.
Arundel's Georgian and Victorian Town centre is famous for antique shops, independent retailers and contemporary art galleries making shopping a real pleasure. Arundel became a Fair Trade Town in 2004 - the first in West Sussex - and the accreditation was renewed in 2012. Enthusiastic food lovers can enjoy regular monthly farmers markets and some of the best restaurants and pubs in the region. Where better to buy locally sourced food to enjoy as a picnic on the river bank?
Arundel has direct access to the river Arun with a new pontoon on the Town Quay. A short walk from the Town centre you will find WWT Arundel Wetland Centre, 26 hectares of naturalised landscapes that kingfishers, water voles and many hundreds of wildfowl call home. And Arundel Lido is one of the few remaining outdoor heated swimming pools in the South of England. A Farmers Market takes place on the 3rd Saturday of each month.
Claim to Fame:
St Nicholas Parish Church, built in 1380, is the only church in England to house both Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches under the same roof. The two churches are separated by a glass screen that originally would have been a wall. The Roman Catholic side is the Fitzalan Chapel which is where the Dukes of Norfolk are interred.
Basing yourself in the town for a short break? Check out this selection of local places to stay in and around Arundel.