Arundel

County: West Sussex

The town is dominated by the castle whose history goes back nearly 1000 years.

Look at that castle! Isn't it a stunner! This is the reason for coming to Arundel, although the town itself is pretty enough. The outline of the castle does remind me of Windsor Castle, but given they were both built in the 1070 / 80s, that's probably hardly surprising. Much of the castle was re-modelled and restored in the 18th and 19th centuries, following destruction during the English civil war. However it has been, and continues to be the family home of the Dukes of Norfolk for over 800 years. Not only are there amazing rooms to wander through, but there are extensive flower gardens to admire. The whole place is on a hill, but if your mobility isn't so good, you can take one of their buggies to get you to the top and back down again. The first time I went here with some lovely ladies from New Zealand, we cadged a lift down from a rather surprised gentleman who nonetheless was very gracious and polite. It was only afterwards that we looked at each other and said, "You don't suppose?? Do you think... was that ... the Duke of Norfolk himself?" We'll never fully know for sure, but we think it was, and it makes for a good story. And I always look out for him now, just in case!