Anyone who knows me knows that I love castles. I don’t consider myself a history buff by any means, but there’s something magical about these places that just draws me in – whether it’s the atmosphere, the beautiful gardens, or the architecture… I don’t know. All I know is that I’ve always been fascinated by medieval castles and palaces, and I love to be transported back into a particular era when I’m there. I can easily spend a whole day wandering around the castle grounds and gardens, trying to picture what life must have been like back in the day when people actually lived there.
Since I’ve been in England, I’ve visited more than half a dozen castles and palaces – mainly here in the South and South East- but I’m hoping to explore many, many more. One of my latest discoveries which I’m going to talk about today is West Sussex’s (not so) hidden gem, the gorgeous Arundel Castle.
Arundel Castle is a relatively short train journey away from London (about 1.5 hours from London Victoria) and is perfect for a day out, with or without kids. I went with a friend of mine and we had a fantastic time – but there were just as many families and kids around as there were adults.
Even though the town itself isn’t massive and most tourists go there solely because of the castle, it’s well worth a visit. You can easily spend a day walking around the old town, visiting Arundel’s beautiful churches or one of its traditional tearooms, taking a stroll along the river, or just exploring what the castle has to offer.