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.

Moorhen nest in the middle of the stream
Moorhen nest in the middle of the stream

The town centre is full of independent shops and pubs and cafes in heritage buildings.

Arundel Castle

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.

One of them is old and beautiful and likely to cost you a lot of money to keep running. The other is a castle.
One of them is old and beautiful and likely to cost you a lot of money to keep running. The other is a castle.

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..

The stairs to the keep
The stairs to the keep

Inside there’s an interesting number of paintings and information boards and you can find out about the siege and people who lived there.

Castle gardens

Exactly what you need from English gardens - manicured to within an inch of their life, looking prim and beautiful
Exactly what you need from English gardens – manicured to within an inch of their life, looking prim and beautiful

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.

Arundel Castle gardens Darren

Fitzalian Chapel

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.

This was taken before Daniela at anything, hence the smile
This was taken before Daniela ate anything, hence the smile. The guy in the background looks less impressed.

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.

Arundel Castle 2
The English countryside is already beautiful, but put a castle there and it becomes Disneyesque

Opposite the castle is the remnant of the old monastery.

Monastery ruins - just a couple of walls remain
Monastery ruins – just a couple of walls remain

Arundel town

There is too much to see in one day, but we power-walked around and found some interesting architecture:

Arundel frame in brick house
That doesn’t look level…

And some more imposing buildings like the cathedral.

Arundel Cathedral

After some gargoyle selfies at one of the churches we went to the pub for some dinner.

Arundel selfie 2

 

 

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