[Almost] Visiting Arundel Castle

I love castles. There’s something so magical about those majestic crenellations, the layers of history imbuing every stone and even the impractical draughty winding turrets (not to mention those gift schrubberies demanded by maraudering Knights*.) Sorry, I digress. Castles, yes, castles, this is a tale of how we spent an afternoon almost visiting Arundel Castle.

Visiting Arundel Castle

There’s an old adage about treasuring the journey as well as the destination, and it was so true when we shot out of Chichester spontaneously. Oh the joy of having wheels…

Between spending a couple of hours between the dunes of West Wittering beach and checking into the hotel, we made our way to Arundel for a later lunch and a genteel exploration of the castle grounds.

Visiting Arundel Castle

Arundel is charming, a market town and civil parish in a steep vale of the South Downs, West Sussex, England. The much-conserved town has a medieval castle and Roman Catholic cathedral – and a collection of pubs, cafes and fascinating shops that we probably could have spent hours in.

Visiting Arundel Castle

It’s easily wanderable on foot – and honestly, when we discovered that Arundel Castle was about to close (maybe the late afternoon sunshine should have tipped us off) I didn’t even actually mind. 

So, we wandered. And joyfully saw the moment that this horse peeped out of his stall, and the groom neighed at him. Just a lovely, lovely moment in the late afternoon sunshine.

Visiting Arundel Castle

Oh, and found this door knocker to beat all door knockers, to add to my collection.

Visiting Arundel Castle

Oh, and we discovered our ultimate business mottos:

Visiting Arundel Castle

Visiting Arundel Castle

Oh, Arundel Castle, next time we will check your opening hours…

Visiting Arundel Castle

Honestly though, it was so nice being out of the house, and simply meandering around the market town that hugs the castle walls. We simply dimbled, sunglasses on, chatting away. The streets are romantically twisting, skim around the castle walls away from the town centre, and there’s a boating lake with a cute cafe built into a folly.

Is this the most unhelpful blog post about visiting Arundel Castle ever? Probably yes. Was it a meandering afternoon where I caught up with a friend and just solved the worlds problems? Also yes.

Visiting Arundel Castle

I should really have woven a tale of black magic spells cast by hags (aka pre-set opening hours), and princesses arriving upon a four-wheeled steed whilst their canine companion snoozed… 

* Monty Python Reference – see the Knights of Ni. BYO coconuts…

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