This weekend we had a guest from Bulgaria. He wanted to see more from the British history and if possible to see a real castle. The first thing which came on mind was the Arundel Castle – with all of its glory, calmness and beauty. So, on Saturday we headed to the town of Arundel.
Set high on a hill in the beautiful green country side of West Sussex, the castle shows the visitor magnificent views across the South Downs and the River Arun.
Built at the end of the 11th Century, it has been the family home of the Dukes of Norfolk and their ancestors for nearly 1000 years. Part of the castle is still a living home for the family, but the larger side of it is open as a museum.
The day was sunny and dry, so we had a great time exploring the fortress, the amazing gardens and the interior of the park. Be aware of the winds on the top of the fortress, though it’s totally worth the messy hair. I spent half of the time photo-bombing the pictures the guys were trying to make, but they couldn’t get really angry with me.
There is so much to see inside and around the castle that 3 hours are not even enough. The staff is very helpful and there is always someone just around the corner to whom you can ask for directions around the many corridors, or some curious questions about the family who lived in the beautiful castle. They would willingly tell you some secrets you couldn’t find in the books, will let you adore the collection of painting in the library and walk in the royal bedrooms.
It’s not allowed to take photos inside in the rooms, but you can find out more about the castle and their opening times from the website – Arundel Castle.
After you finish with your visit of the castle, go for a walk in the picturesque streets of Arundel. The magnificent building of the cathedral can’t be missed. You can also enjoy a walk through the small fashion boutiques hidden around the high street corners and their lovely welcoming pubs.