As we drove through the country roads surrounded by lush green fields, the road began to curve revealing just beyond the bend, the first glimpse of Arundel castle. It sat there majestically towering over the town. That’s the moment I knew this was going to be a fun day out, although we had been slow to leave the house. Realistically it was a fun half-day out. Sometimes sleep wins.
Perched right above the town it was easy to get to and surprisingly fancier than I expected. I had never heard of Arundel until the night before we left, and it was not intended as our destination for the day. But as we inputted our first destination and realised it was further than expected, we opted for Arundel Castle instead. Which I believe was the right choice.
How to get to Arundel Castle
Located in West Sussex, England, if you are coming from London it’s easy and quick to get to Arundel castle. The address is Arundel Castle Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9AB
By car – It takes around two hours, obviously depending on where in London you are setting off from. There is parking available directly opposite the castle. The machines in the paved car park take card so no need to worry about taking cash with you. It’s not too expensive with it coming out at £3.50 for 3-4 hours parking.
By train – It will take two hours, 1 stop and a 10ish-minute walk. You can catch the train from Victoria train station to Barnham and then change over and head in the direction of Arundel. Once you get off at Arundel train station it will take you.
If you’re looking to plan your train journey or book your tickets in advance use Trainline. I highly recommend booking in advance for several reasons: firstly, you can get cheaper tickets. Secondly, you can potentially book reserved seats. Finally, you save yourself time by not queuing in the horrid train station. Trainline is the easiest way to map out the best available route and then is easy to book your tickets from there.
You will be happy to know that you can even come directly from the airport. Well from Gatwick airport at least as there are several options to get you to the castle via the train lines.
Pricing and what is included
I must have been a princess in my previous life as all I seem to do is chase castles around the world and Arundel Castle has impressed me more than most. I loved every part of the bits we were allowed to explore and let me tell you they give you plenty of access. Your access to the castle is dependent on the type of ticket you pay for.
There are 4 types of tickets all can be purchased online except the silver and I believe you get a discount for purchasing them online. If you were to opt-in for the gift aid price they give you a voucher to spend at the restaurant or in the gift shop, which saved us about £9.00 on our very expensive meal.
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Each level of the ticket gets you more access to the building. We splashed the cash and went for the Gold plus. It made me feel like a VIP when we were allowed to walk up the stairs to explore further while the peasants were stopped and asked to pay the toll or keep walking. Haha see, I told you I was a princess once.
- The gold plus gets you into the top floor of the bedrooms
- Gold gets you all of the above except the final floor of the bedrooms
- Silver gets you access to the keep
- Bronze gives you access to the grounds and gardens
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What to do in Arundel Castle
As historical sites go I am always impressed with the sites across the UK. The amount of time, effort and money that goes back into restoring these buildings is immense. What is even more impressive is how they manage to make the experience unique and fun for us.
I must say Arundel Castle has to be up there with one of the best castles I have visited so far. I have a slight obsession with the royals and their history so it makes sense how and why I loved this castle so much.
There are enough activities to fill up most of your day here. As you enter the castle you are guided to the keep, the oldest part of the castle. It is surprisingly well kept and the views from the top are stunning.
You then get to explore further up into the bedrooms and library area, this is where your tickets will come into play with each upgrade allowing you more access. If you do choose you to want to see the final floor of bedrooms available you can also pay just at the bottom of the stairs leading up to the gold access.
The castle is impressive from the walls to the paintings hung on those walls. The castle oozes history, importance and wealth and I believe it is still utilised today for the rich, famous and blue-blooded.
Once we had filled up on the magical castle we headed off to the private chapel and gardens which were just as grand and beautiful. Finally, we walked around the grounds being sure to take in the man made moat (not water filled) which is also the oldest part of the castle.
History and facts about Arundel Castle
As far as history goes this castle has it all. Due to its beneficial location, it played a key part in important historical events. With parts of the castle dating back to 1066. With almost 1000 years of history its best to experience it for yourself so I don’t bore you.
The castle has been handed down (mostly) through the generations and has been the home to the Duke of Norfolk for around 850 years. With two family names being the prominent households- the Fitzalan’s and the Howards. It went through two periods where it was greatly damaged due to wars, no surprise there but has since been restored.
Legend has it that there are ghosts that live there as well so do beware- you can read about it here if that interests you- https://fringeparanormal.wordpress.com/2011/07/29/englands-haunted-arundel-castle/
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The 20-second breakdown
Address and contact– Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9AB. Telephone:
Entry fee – An all-inclusive ticket will set you back around £22.00.
How to get there – You can catch a train from London Victoria or drive. Both take around 2 hours.
Opening times– April to early November. It’s open Tuesday- Sunday from 10.00-17.00
Food – They have a restaurant and a cafe in the castle as you enter. But head my warning it is EXPENSIVE. I mean it’s £7.50 for a jacket potato.
And that’s a wrap! Hope I could help you plan your next London getaway! Let me know in the comments if you do go and what you think.
Happy exploring and happy reading.