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Brighton and Sussex

Arundel – Just half an hour away!

I particularly recommend visiting the small town of Arundel –  a half an hour drive from Steyning

This picturesque West Sussex market town is best known for its 11th century Castle and its Victorian cathedral.

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Do visit Arundel Castle and it’s attractive gardens. It overlooks the River Arun and was built at the end of the 11th century, by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel.

The oldest feature is the motte (an artificial mound) which dates from 1068. You can see it in the photo below.

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The castle and grounds are usually open from April until November on Tuesday to Sunday each week. They are also open on some Mondays.


You can visit the cathedral at any time of year and admission is free.

Explore more of the area’s history and heritage at Arundel Museum or look at the town from a different perspective at the Arundel Jailhouse and Ghost Experience!

If you enjoy art you will be happy at one of the superb galleries. Interested in antiques? You’ll find plenty of shops with collectables.

If shopping is your ‘bag’ then you’ll enjoy the wide range of contemporary and traditional independent shops.

I particularly recommend a visit to the Wildfowl and Wetland Centre. This reserve is managed to help fight the decline of wildlife and the natural landscape.
Water enthusiasts can hire a rowing boat on Swanbourne Lake or take a boat trip on the River Arun. 
Perhaps you will just want to relax in one of the many cafes, bars and restaurants or in a traditional English pub!
Read more about places to visit locally in the  South Downs National Park

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