So, you’re thinking of visiting Arundel, but not sure what there is to do? Believe us, you won’t be disappointed with this picturesque market town in West Sussex. Here’s The Norfolk Arms Hotel’s guide to the top things to do in Arundel.
Arundel Castle and Gardens
Above everything else, Arundel is undoubtedly most famous for its castle. It’s no surprise when you see it…
Overlooking the entire town, Arundel Castle has been the home of the Dukes of Norfolk and their ancestors for nearly 1000 years. Set it the grounds of the castle, it doesn’t take a genius to work out why our hotel is called the Norfolk Arms…
It’s not called Arundel Castle ‘and Gardens’ for nothing. While you can tour the historic castle buildings, see the fascinating furniture, tapestries and rare collection of paintings, you can also take a leisurely stroll through the stunning grounds and gardens, and they are truly beautiful.
If there is one disappointment of Arundel Castle, it’s only that it’s not open all year round. If your heart is set on a visit to the castle when you visit Arundel, make sure you come between April and October. If not, there’s plenty else to do…
Check out the Arundel Castle website for more information.
Just a short stroll from the town centre is another historic and glorious sight in Arundel Cathedral.
Similar to the castle, the cathedral is an imposing figure from the town. Without claiming to have a feast of activities to keep you occupied for hours, it would be a shame not to visit and admire the architectural beauty.
Find out more on their website.
Arundel Wetland Centre
If you’re visiting with the kids, then the Arundel Westland Centre is a must. If you’re not with kids, it’s still a must.
Less than a five-minute drive from the centre of Arundel and you could be relaxing on a boat safari enjoying the most beautiful of wildlife. Not a fan of boats? Not a problem, walk along the reed bed boardwalk and view the wildlife beneath Arundel’s crystal-clear waters.
Visit the Arundel Wetland Centre website for so much more information, along with prices and opening times.
Outdoor swimming? In England? Yes, you read that right…
Arundel Lido, located just over the River Arun, is actually more than just an outdoor swimming pool. The word ‘Lido’ is Italian for beach and the Arundel Lido has a relaxing lounge area, refreshments and plenty of activities taking place throughout the year.
Unsurprisingly, they are only open from May to September. Check out their website to find out more and keep your eye on our offers page for our Lido package that offers an overnight stay at the Norfolk Arms Hotel and admission to Arundel Lido.
Very much like the town, the museum is ‘small and quaint’, but certainly not short of things to do and see.
This is the place the learn more about this wonderful town; from the history of the famous castle, right back to millions of years ago when Arundel was covered by a warm Cretaceous sea. Discover artefacts from Roman times and how the Castle Stables provided horses during World War I.
It’s only £3.50 for adult entry and we’d recommend spending about an hour here.
Unlike many modern towns and cities, Arundel hasn’t been turned into a high street of brands.
The town centre is still full of quaint, boutique shops, where one could easily lose themselves for hours just rambling the streets and window shopping.
There’s plenty of places to eat and drink too, which leads us onto our next recommendation…
Dine in Style
After exploring everything Arundel has to offer, there’s nothing quite like a tasty meal in a nice relaxing setting.
Let us introduce you to The Castle Room Restaurant at the Norfolk Arms Hotel. (It should be of no surprise that we’d recommend the Norfolk Arms over the other dineries in the area!)
A delicious selection of food is just what is required to recharge and refresh.
Find out more about our Castle Room Restaurant.