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Arundel (England)

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Arundel [2] is a historical town in West Sussex in the South East of England.


Arundel Castle

Arundel sits at the midpoint of the South Downs, and is named after the River Arun, which passes through the western part of the town. The town is steeped in history, and was mentioned in the Norman Domesday Book.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Arundel is on the main coast road through West Sussex, the A27, which runs east to Worthing, Brighton and Hove, and west to Chichester, Portsmouth and Southampton. The A284 links Arundel to nearby Littlehampton to the south and London via the A29.

By train[edit]

Arundel is linked by train to Littlehampton Bognor Regis & Worthing to the south, plus Chichester, Portsmouth and Brighton. Regular daily services operate from London Victoria and Gatwick Airport. The town centre is 10 minutes walk along a very busy main road.

Get around[edit]

Arundel is very compact, and you can easily discover it's charms on foot, although the High Street is set on a very steep hill. Take your time and make the climb up the hill via St Nichola'Church to the Cathedral, well worth the climb.

By bus[edit]

The town is serviced by buses operated by Stagecoach and Compass Travel.

By taxi[edit]

There is taxi rank at Arundel Station and information can be found at Arundel Visitor Information Centre

See[edit][add listing]

The Cathedral Church of Our Lady and St Philip Howard, Arundel
  • Arundel Castle, tel: +44 1903 882173, e-mail: [email protected] Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10.00-17.00. 11th century castle and gardens, one of the most complete and impressive castles remaining in Britain. Admission £15-22 for adults. [3]
  • Arundel Cathedral, London Road, tel: +44 1903 882297, e-mail: [email protected] Founded by Henry, 15th Duke of Norfolk, the building was completed on 1st July 1873 to the designs of Joseph Hansom, inventor of the Hansom cab. [4]
  • Zimmer Stewart Gallery, Tarrant Street, tel: +44 1903 885867, e-mail: [email protected] Established in 2003 this contemporary art gallery shows new and established artists in a rolling programme of 8-10 exhibitions each year. [5]

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Swim in the outdoor swimming pools during the summer months.
  • Visit the Museum.
  • Visit the Wildlife and Wetlands Trust, Trout Farm and Swanborne Lake.
  • Buy art and antiques- Arundel is full of antique shops and galleries.
  • Have a Picnic near the ruins of the Blackfriars Priory, near the river.
  • Mill Road Putting Green & Tea Room.
  • Nineveh House, Tarrant Street. info : [email protected] .Formerly Trinity Chapel, early Victorian building - 1837 to 1981 - raised by the Congregational Dissenters under the Rev Orlando Thomas Dobbin to replace the Old Chapel two doors down( now Larkin's Supermarket)- open daily as an antiques store.  edit
  • Arundel Eccentrics & Nass Interiors Decorative Antiques, The Old Brewery Antiques Warehouses 2A Fitzalan Road, Arundel Bn18 9js (Behind Arundel Co-op), 07973968446, [1]. Hidden away behind the Co-op in Arundel are the last remaining buildings of the 19th century brewery, The Swallow Brewery. Three large warehouses that once held ale are now home to four decorative antiques businesses.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • White Hart, 12 Queen Street (If you're approaching Arundel from the train station, the pub is on your right hand side, just before you reach the river.), 01903 882374. Real ale and pub food
  • Pizza Express, 33 High Street. - The ubiquitous Pizza chain - (note that you can often find discount coupons on their website)
  • Prezzo, High Street. - Nice garden area in back; 'VIP pizzas are genuine stone-baked, thin-crust
  • China Palace, Chinese Restaurant, 67 High Street. Tel - (01903) 883702. Note, Known for high quality food.
  • La Campania, 51 High St., (01903) 88 45 00 - Italian food and wine bar, Pizza and Pasta starts from £7.50. They have a daily lunch special of pizza or pasta plus a glass of wine or beer for £7.95. According to info on their website, they use the freshest produce available, to "create italian dishes that 'Mama' would even be proud of"

Drink[edit][add listing]

Arundel has many pubs located around the town:

  • The Eagle, 41 Tarrant Street.
  • The Kings Arms, 36 Tarrant Street. - just outside the main tourist area, allows you to bring your own food.
  • The Norfolk Arms Hotel, 22 High Street.
  • The Red Lion, 45 High Street.
  • The St. Mary's Gate, London Road.
  • The Swan Hotel, 27-29 High Street.
  • The Black Rabbit, near the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There are a number of hotels and places to stay in and around Arundel.

  • Norfolk Arms Hotel, High Street,Arundel,West Sussex,BN18 9AB - Tel. 01903 882 101 [6]. From £45.
  • Comfort Inn, Junction A27/A284 - Tel 0808 144 9494.
  • Youth Hostel - nearest hostel is Littlehampton Hostel, 1 stop by train (11 min) or 18 min via bus 700. 61-63 Surrey St, Littlehampton, West Sussex BN17 5AW, (Easist way to book is through the YHA website) beds from £15

Bed and Breakfast

  • April Cottage Bed and breakfast not far from the town centre in Arundel.
  • Byass House B&B in a Georgian house on Maltravers Street.
  • Chain Locker Accommodation in a fisherman's cottage, facing the river, one minute's walk to the heart of Arundel
  • The Town House Large, elegant rooms above a good restaurant set in a late-Georgian building on the High Street.
  • Selden Blacks B & B, near Arundel, B & b and self catering studio apartment within the National Park.
  • Woodacre, near Arundel, Home-style bed and breakfast rooms at Fontwell, a few miles west of Arundel.
  • Warning Camp Youth Hostel - 'The hostel sadly closed on 1st November 2012. It's not known why the YHA organization decided to close this popular Georgian mansion hostel that had been receiving guests for the last three generations and brought in 7000 visitors per year. ' This page [7] has more info about this site.

Get out[edit]

Other places of interest in the Arundel area:

  • The South Downs
  • The village of Amberley (West Sussex)
  • Littlehampton seaside town, located only four miles away. Regular bus service to and from Littlehampton available.
  • Portsmouth the historic home of the Royal Navy, with 12 museums and 2 theatres is situated less than 30 miles from Arundel. Portsmouth has extensive opportunities for shopping and nightlife.
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