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Arundel Castle – The South Downs

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Continuing my 2 day exploration of Arundel, nestled snugly in the heart of the south downs, I continued my tour to the it’s highlight, Arundel castle.

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I first saw Arundel from my train window, looming in it’s extravagance above leafy tree tops surrounded by lush marshland and the hazy river Arun.

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It reminded me of Harry Potters Hogwarts! The castle itself is over a 1000 years old and now resides under the care of the Duke of Norfolk, who still resides in its quarters.

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There are 3 different guest passes available, but seeing as I was on a backpackers budget, I picked the middle option which included the castles keep and gardens, also castle access to a few rooms for £11.00.

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If you wish to take the grand tour of the elaborate castle chambers, with incredible views overlooking the south downs, I would advise upgrading to the £18.00 ticket that gives you full access.

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The highlight for me was actually it’s famous landscaped gardens and water features.  The collectors earl garden was the highlight of my trip to Arundel.

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It’s based on a Jacobean style, flanked with oak obelisks and shell encrusted walls, framed by large terracotta plant pots and metallic dragonfly’s skimming perilously close to the waters edge. 14117850 10154035197264671 2286893968505983696 N 14141593 10154035174189671 6873060572437810577 N

I spent the rest of the afternoon under the shade of large oaks, reading my kindle on thick, lush, finely manicured lawns.

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Would you like to visit? Arundel is only 1.20 minutes from central London!