A weekday trip to Arundel

Last Thursday Henry and I took a day trip to Arundel castle, and grounds. The journey was really straight forward from Brighton and only took around an hour; the castle is another 10 minutes from the station on foot but we saw a few people get a taxi as well. 

When we got there, there were quite a few options you could go with, depending on how much you wanted to see. We opted for the Gold ticket which came to just under £20 with a couple of pounds being gift aided and then given back to us (double) in voucher form- we used this to have cake and coffee in the castle. The only thing we didn't get to see was the bedrooms but the castle we did see was amazing.

When you walk in to the grounds the first thing that you see is the stunning castle, followed by the beautiful rose garden. Filled with mazes of roses and arches with sweet scented white and pink roses. 

After the rose garden we went into the castle itself. There is a no photo rule inside the castle so I didn't get any pictures but the views from the keep and other rooms in the castle are stunning. Warning; the stairs are originals and therefore very steep and very small- not great access for all. 

Next we went onto the grounds; including the flower garden and Duke's garden. The photographs cannot give this stunning garden justice; it was filled with beautiful flowers and stunning archetecture. Including an amazing water scultpure which gave the illusion (or really was, I couldn't tell) of a crown floating on the top of the contstantly streaming water. 

I would really recommend taking a day trip out to Arundel. Not only to see the beautiful grounds and historic castle but to wander round the town itself; we will definitely be going back to head into the town for afternoon tea and have a browse through their shops. I am pretty sure I saw a fudge shop, and a tea shop that smelt amazing!

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