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Arundel

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Overview & Brief History

 

Arundel is a historic market town located in the picturesque county of West Sussex. Nestled along the banks of the River Arun and surrounded by rolling countryside, Arundel boasts a rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty. With its iconic castle, charming streets lined with historic buildings, and vibrant community, Arundel offers visitors a quintessential English experience.

A Brief History

Arundel’s history dates back over a thousand years, with evidence of human settlement in the area dating to the Roman period. The town’s strategic location on the River Arun made it an important center for trade and defense during the medieval era. In the 11th century, William the Conqueror granted the lands around Arundel to his trusted knight Roger de Montgomery, who built the first wooden castle on the site.

Over the centuries, Arundel Castle underwent numerous transformations, with successive Earls of Arundel expanding and fortifying the castle to reflect changing architectural styles and defensive needs. The castle played a significant role in English history, serving as a royal residence, military stronghold, and cultural center.

In addition to its castle, Arundel grew into a thriving market town, with industries such as brewing, agriculture, and milling contributing to its prosperity. The town’s historic streets are lined with timber-framed buildings, Georgian townhouses, and medieval churches, offering a glimpse into its rich architectural heritage.

Today, Arundel is renowned for its picturesque setting, cultural attractions, and vibrant community. Visitors can explore the castle and its grounds, wander through the town’s charming streets, and enjoy outdoor activities along the River Arun and in the surrounding countryside. With its blend of history, natural beauty, and modern amenities, Arundel continues to enchant visitors from near and far.

Things to See & Do

Arundel Castle

Explore the iconic Arundel Castle, a magnificent medieval fortress perched atop a hill overlooking the town. Discover its rich history, opulent interiors, and beautifully landscaped gardens.

Arundel Cathedral

Visit the striking Arundel Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral Church of Our Lady and St Philip Howard. Admire its stunning Gothic Revival architecture and intricate stained glass windows.

Arundel Wetland Centre

Discover the diverse wildlife of the Arundel Wetland Centre, a nature reserve and bird sanctuary managed by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. Spot a variety of bird species, including swans, ducks, and herons, as you explore the wetlands and lagoons.

High Street

Shop and dine along Arundel’s charming High Street, lined with a mix of independent shops, art galleries, cafes, and restaurants. Browse for unique gifts, antiques, and souvenirs, and sample delicious local cuisine.

Local Dining

Pub delights

rundel’s pubs are a cornerstone of the town’s social and culinary scene. The Norfolk Arms, a historic coaching inn located opposite the castle, is a must-visit. Here you can savor classic pub fare in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Think juicy steaks, fresh fish and chips, and comforting pies alongside local ales and ciders.

Beyond the Norfolk Arms, explore other traditional pubs like the historic Crown Inn or the Black Swan for a taste of local brews and pub classics in a quintessential English setting.

Market Fresh Flavors

Immerse yourself in the Arundel Farmers Market held regularly in the town center. Stock up on fresh local produce, artisan cheeses, and homemade jams, perfect for a picnic or creating a delicious meal in your self-catering accommodation.

Insider Tips

Duck down narrow lanes like Tarrant Street and explore independent shops selling antiques, local crafts, and unique souvenirs.

For a unique perspective and a touch of exercise, hike or cycle up to the Hiorne Tower, a folly offering panoramic views of the town, castle, and surrounding countryside.

Book your afternoon tea in advance, especially if you have a specific preference for a tearoom.

Virtual Tours

Arundel Castle Interior Tour

Arundel Walking Tour

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Walk down High Street

Arundel Cathedral

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