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Arundel Boat Hire: How to see the town differently

The town of Arundel combines a rich history with an array of attractions, art and cultural events and a great selection of independent shops, cafes and bars.

And with the River Arun running through the quaint market town, what better way to experience a different view of all Arundel has to offer than by boat? If you’re keen to explore by water, we’ve put together a guide to Arundel boat hire and river trips to help you plan your visit.

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Arundel River boat hire 

Riverside South Downs is located just five miles north of the town centre and offers some ideal options for boat hire near Arundel. Choose from a six or ten-person boat and explore the River Arun at your leisure for up to three hours. You’ll receive a lifejacket and guidance on navigating the river so, even if you’re a boating beginner, you’ll be able to take to the water in no time. Take the family, and even the dog, for a tranquil River Arun boat trip to Arundel and see the area from a waterside perspective. Relax with a picnic or a spot of lunch at the Riverside restaurant to complete your experience.

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Swanbourne Lake 

Enjoy a peaceful stroll around Swanbourne Lake in the heart of Arundel and stop for refreshments at the tearooms. Why not take advantage of this Arundel boating lake and hire a rowing boat to truly immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the water? Open every day during the spring and summer months between approximately 10.30am and 4.30pm, Arundel boats can be taken on the water for 30 minutes per session.

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Arundel Wetland Centre 

There’s so much to see across these wetland meadows; featuring an abundance of nature, Pelican Cove is home to rare Dalmatian pelicans. Experience a safari boat trip from Arundel around the wetlands, where a guide will explain the wildlife and the habitat. The boat trips are wheelchair accessible run every day throughout the year from 11am, so you can discover the area in every season.

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How to reach Arundel 

Enjoy Arundel’s pretty location by the water with riverboat hire or a trip on a boating lake. To make your visit even more relaxing, travel to the town by train so you can experience the ultimate mindful getaway in truly calming style. 

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