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Set high on a hill, magnificent Arundel Castle commands stunning views across the River Arun and out to sea.

Located in the South Downs National Park in the county of West Sussex, this massive castle was restored and is still occupied by the Dukes of Norfolk, whose ancestors have owned it since 1138.

This castle was on our list of must see when we visited the South Downs.

Like always, we decided to go for a walk first and to visit the castle on our way back.

According to plan we parked the car near Amberley Working Museum and headed off towards Arundel. It was a great moderate 13-mile circular walk but unfortunately, we lost track of time. When we eventually arrived in Arundel, the castle was already closed.

This post will remind us to visit Arundel Castle next time around.

We want to see the beautiful award winning Tropical & English Gardens, the quirky Stumpery, and the abundant Kitchen Garden. And off course the Rose Garden, the White Garden, and de Glasshouses.


Arundel is a great starting point for many walks over the South Downs.

You can follow the Monarch’s Way through Arundel Park and follow the River Arun back towards Arundel.

Or you can start at Amberley like we did and follow sections of the South Downs Way towards Arundel.

South Downs National Park

The South Downs National Park has it all – rolling hills, glorious heathland, river valleys, ancient woodland, thriving villages and market towns.

It includes the Sussex Heritage Coast which stretches from Eastbourne, along the iconic chalk cliffs of Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters, past Cuckmere Haven and on to Splash Point at Seaford.