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48 hours in Arundel

Things to do, see, and visit

Arundel is a picturesque town in the vale of South Downs in West Sussex.

Steeped in history and quirks, this charming place has much to offer its residents and visitors alike.

With so many things to do in Arundel, it may be difficult to pick when planning your two-day trip. To get you started, we’ve collated our top things to do, see, and visit when in Arundel, so you don’t have to.

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Arundel Castle

Arundel Castle is the most widely recognised and historical Arundel visitor attraction. Dating back to 1067, this millennium-old fort is noted for its long-term inhabitants, the d’Albinis to the Howards, as the seat of the Dukedom of Norfolk for over 500 years.

As the highlight of Arundel’s visitor attractions, the castle’s old servants’ hall has been transformed into a restaurant and the pantry is now a coffee shop. So, once you have taken in the stunning sights, you can stop for lunch with some scrumptious scones and refreshments.

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South Downs

Take a deep breath and absorb the beauty that is South Downs. As the UK’s newest national park and only a couple of miles away from the market town, South Downs offers the people of Arundel a beautiful place to walk, relax, and embrace the classic British countryside.

Walking through South Downs has become one of the most popular things to do near Arundel, for both locals and visitors alike. With routes starting from the centre of town, you should set aside an afternoon for this fresh air fix which is only a short walk away.

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Arundel Wetland Centre

For beautiful start to the next day, The Wetland Centre is an Arundel visitor attraction loved by kids and adults alike, located in elevated woodland just a stone's throw away from the town centre.

The reserve boasts an array of stunning wildlife, including endangered bird species. What’s more, you can view the wetland creatures on a boat safari and absorb the beauty of this marvellous wildlife amongst the reed beds – no need to book in advance.

Be sure to also go to the newly built Coastal Creek aviary to watch water-loving birds glide and dive beneath the water.

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Aldingbourne Country Centre

Our list of things to do near Arundel would be incomplete without mentioning the inspiring work of the Aldingbourne Country Centre, just a few miles out of town.

A farm owned by the Aldingbourne Trust, this is a charity that helps adults with learning disabilities and autism. The centre is staffed by people of all backgrounds and aims to create an inclusive, happy environment for volunteers and visitors alike.

As well as featuring an open farm with animals like alpacas, chickens, and goats, the centre also has entertainment for your little ones. Take them on a tractor ride, challenge them to a game of mini-golf or relax in the centre’s café for some afternoon snacks.

However you spend your time, it’s sure to be filled with wholesome family fun.

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