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Arundel Castle

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Traveling down towards the South Downs using the M1 & M25 on a friday afternoon should be avoided big time. It took nearly four and a half hours to do a journey that takes two. Apart from the moan it was a great trip and the last of our Hotel winter weekends away before hopefully we can start walking again. This trip took us to the historical town of Arundel in West Sussex, it lies 49 miles (79 km) south southwest of London, 18 miles (29 km) west of Brighton, and 10 miles (16 km) east of the county town of Chichester

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The River Arun runs straight through the Town and is one of the faster flowing rivers in the uk, this runs out to the channel at littlehampton just a few miles away. The Hotel we stayed at was only a few miles away from the town so on the saturday we arrived early. Car parking was not a problem however a little expensive at £5 for all day a lot of cars however park along the road (click here for map) that leads to the Black Rabbit pub.

Arundel Castle
is a restored medieval castle in Arundel, West Sussex, England. It was established by Roger de Montgomery on Christmas Day 1067. Roger became the first to hold the earldom of Arundel by the graces of William the Conqueror. The castle was damaged in the English Civil War and then restored in the 18th and 19th centuries. From the 11th century onward, the castle has served as a hereditary stately home and has been in the family of the Duke of Norfolk for over 400 years. It is still the principal seat of the Norfolk family. It is a Grade I listed building
We paid nearly £40 for 2 Gold plus tickets this gives you entry to the following places - Castle Bedrooms, Main castle rooms, Castle Keep, Chapel, and the castle grounds & Gardens also the gift shop. In my opinion its not a bad cost and there is loads to see and do. I think it would be of interest to families with children as there are people dressed up in old medieval costumes - roundheads & Cavalier's etc also a Cutpurse robbed me in the restaurant £9.50 for two bits of cake and two coffees. The castle keep is full of small narrow spiral staircases so a little care is needed if you are not to steady on your feet and you wish to make it to the top and see the wonderful views over Arundel. The best bit of the castle is the grounds with in my opinion one of the best gardens we have seen to date with the Collector Earls garden the best bit. The new formal garden at Arundel has been conceived as a light-hearted tribute to Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel (1585-1646), known as ‘The Collector’. He died in exile in Padua during the English Civil War and though his body was brought back to England and buried in the Fitzalan Chapel at Arundel, the elaborate tomb which he had specified in his will was never erected. This garden, adjoining the church, may now be an appropriate memorial for the future. You can spend ages walking around the garden with the magnificent Catherdral standing just outside it makes for dramatic pictures, its a shame the weather was not perfect.

Arundel Cathedral.
We did not bother to visit the cathedral however this is a small description found on Wikipedia. The Cathedral Church of Our Lady and St Philip Howard is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Arundel, West Sussex, England. Dedicated in 1873 as the Catholic parish church of Arundel, it became a cathedral at the foundation of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton in 1965. It now serves as the seat of the Bishop of Arundel and Brighton.
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