Arundel is a beautiful market town set in the Sussex countryside which boasts an impressive lineup of historic buildings, none more so than the castle and its surroundings. We spent a day in Arundel while we were staying at a bed and breakfast in Bury, a small village to the north, but there’s enough to do there for several days, particularly if you enjoy walking around.
It’s set on the river Arun, and with a large area of wetlands nearby there are picturesque streams running which are home to a great many waterfowl.
The town centre is full of independent shops and pubs and cafes in heritage buildings.
We bought silver ticket for 11 quid each. This didn’t entitle us to see the main castle rooms or the bedrooms, but it did get us into the keep, the gardens and grounds, and the Fitzalian chapel which is more than enough for a flying visit. Plus, what I had spotted which Daniela hadn’t was that one of the regional Jaguar car clubs was having an exhibition day at the same time so I imagined I could persuade her to spend some quality time talking about engines.
After wending our way up the driveway we found ourselves among neat rows of Jaguars, mainly older models. There was only so much car talk Daniela could take so eventually we had to look in the old building therefore we went about the place pretending we were thinking of buying it..
Inside there’s an interesting number of paintings and information boards and you can find out about the siege and people who lived there.
You can wander around the gardens for a good hour or two, as there are many different sections including an organic garden, plus sculptures and other buildings.
Built in 1390 the Fitzalian chapel contains a number of interesting mausoleums and a glass partition separating the Roman Catholic chapel from the Protestant parish church – not something you see every day.
The Black Rabbit Pub
We read some good reviews about the Black Rabbit Pub which is a short drive from the castle and situated in the wetlands. Unless you specifically want to get a Yorkshire pudding the size of fruit bowl, you’ll be disappointed – it didn’t live up to the hype.
After the Black Rabbit we headed back into Arundel and took a walk along the Arun river which affords excellent views of the castle. There are quite a few wetland walks in the area which we were interested in but didn’t have time to do.
Opposite the castle is the remnant of the old monastery.
There is too much to see in one day, but we power-walked around and found some interesting architecture:
And some more imposing buildings like the cathedral.
After some gargoyle selfies at one of the churches we went to the pub for some dinner.