Day trip to Arundel

Inside Arundel

Arundel is a historic market town, set on the edge of the charming South Downs National Park.  Just a half-hour drive from Bognor Regis, it makes a wonderful day out for people of all ages because it offers such a unique mix of medieval heritage, delightful walks through woods, in the grounds of the castle and along the riverside, as well as chic boutiques, antiques shops, art galleries, museum, cafés and restaurants in the town centre.

Arundel Castle and Gardens

This remarkable piece of British history has been overlooking the River Arun from the top of a hillside for almost 1,000 years. Built at the end of the 11th century by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel, many of the original features of Arundel Castle remain, such as the Norman Keep, medieval Gatehouse and Barbican.

On any given day, the beauty of Arundel Castle is apparent and you can stroll the grounds, stopping for a picnic while you take in the surroundings. But you can also get involved in many of the historical events which take place there and learn more about its part in British history.

Arundel in West Sussex by Chris Dorney

Country walks, bike rides and boat trips

There are numerous walks and cycle rides to choose from when you visit Arundel, with good paths and better views. From an amble around Swanbourne Lake, heading on up into the South Downs, to a stroll along the river from the town centre up towards the Black Rabbit pub, you can enjoy being active while you make the most of the scenery. Or, if being on the water is your thing, you can hire a boat and enjoy a trip along the meandering River Arun.

Swanbourne Lake in Arundel, Sussex, England, UK By Wirestock

Dining out

Whether you prefer a traditional British pub experience or superb restaurant dining, Arundel has a wide selection of bars and restaurants to choose from, each one in keeping with the historic nature of the town. Options include high-end seasonal produce and modern décor at the Parson’s Table, finely crafted Arundel Brewery beers at the independent, family-run Brewhouse Project, or just grabbing a delicious coffee and a pastry at Juniper.

Arundel High Street, England, night photo with car light trails. By Geoffrey (Adobe Stock)

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