City Escape: Arundel | Sussex

Arundel landscape

Nestled along the A27, you can’t help but notice the Game of Thrones-esque Town of Arundel.  With its Castle and Cathedral nestled high above the town at opposite sides, the view hits you instantly.

Arundel is a market town and civil parish in a steep vale of the South Downs, West Sussex, England.  If you want a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the City and consume yourself in fantastic stunning beauty or people watch from one of the many coffee houses and bars, then Arundel is an ideal weekend away.

Arundel is 90 mins (approx) by train from London Victoria Station or London Bridge, with the town just being a short walk from the station.

The market town has many boutique shops, views of the river from many cafes and bars and historical points of interest, you will find your weekend away to be packed full. Find out more here

What to do

Arundel Castle

Arundel CastleAncient Castle & Stately Home of the Duke & Duchess of Norfolk. Open from April to October Tuesdays to Sundays inclusive as well as Bank Holiday Mondays. The Castle gardens, grounds are open from 10am.

With nearly a 1,000 years of history at this great castle, situated in magnificent grounds overlooking the River Arun in West Sussex and built at the end of the 11th century by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel. The oldest feature is the motte, an artificial mound, over 100 feet high from the dry moat, and constructed in 1068: followed by the gatehouse in 1070. Under his will, King Henry I (1068-1135) settled the Castle and lands in dower on his second wife, Adeliza of Louvain.  King Henry II (1133-89), who built much of the oldest part of the stone Castle, in 1155 confirmed William d’Albini II as Earl of Arundel, with the Honour and Castle of Arundel.

There are numerous events throughout the year where you can see and be taken back to the age of the Knights – Check here for details.

Arundel Cathedral

Open Daily: 9am-6pm

Arundel CathedralSituated in a prominent position in Arundel the cathedral overlooks the ancient town of Arundel on the west bank of the river Arun, built in a French Gothic style, it is easy to not be consumed into the wonderous rose window and architecture.

The Cathedral was founded by Henry 15th Duke of Norfolk, whose old established family and the building was completed in 1873.

Where to stay

Norfolk Arms Hotel
norfolk-arms-hotel-cream tea

There are some great hotels and B & B’s in Arundel.  We recommend the Norfolk Arms Hotel, the Norfolk Arms Hotel is a charming Georgian Coaching Inn full of character and history. Offering free WIFI throughout, free parking and 33 bedrooms.

This is directly in the town centre and has a wealth of rooms and space for you.  This easy to get to location has rooms starting from £71 per night and offers a fantastic afternoon tea that will guarantee you will not even leave the hotel.

Where to eat

Lunch at Butlers

Butlers has been apart of Arundel since 1995. A family run restaurant and bar, they focus on serving delicious homemade food, along with warm friendly service and value for money.

Soak up the atmosphere of Butlers, whether it be for a glass of wine, a continental beer, cappuccino, a relaxed lunch or the buzz of the restaurant at night for a dinner, we are sure you’ll enjoy your time spent here.

For good weather they have a terrace garden to dine or drink in.

Lunch offers 2 courses for £12.95 per head and has a wealth of hearty meals to give you the energy to walk to the castle.

Dinner at The Bay Tree

The Bay Tree restaurant, in Arundel. The Bay Tree is intimate and cosy, but full of life.  With friendly staff and a warm welcome, they have an extensive wine list and menu, catering for all dietary requirements, we recommend the Pan Roasted Herb Crusted 4 bone Rack of Lamb from their evening menu.  Price per person (on average) £35 per head.


So if you want a weekend away or a quick break to get out of the city and immerse yourself in a hidden English gem, then visit Arundel and step into a time of Knights and history as ‘Winter is coming.’


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