My sister is currently visiting from Australia so we decided to take a trip out of London and visit Arundel Castle in West Sussex.
You can easily make Arundel Castle a day trip from London. Trains to Arundel depart regularly from London Victoria Station and the journey takes about 90 minutes. The castle is only a short walk from Arundel Station.
The castle is still the home of The Duke and Duchess of Norfolk and their children but is open to the public seasonally. There are four types of entry tickets to choose from, each allowing you entrance to different areas of the castle and grounds for varying prices. Only Gold and Gold Plus tickets give you access to the castle interior, but since the castle bedrooms were closed on the day we went, we opted for the Gold ticket (£16 for adults).
Despite it being a sunny, warm Sunday afternoon the castle wasn’t overcrowded with visitors which was a pleasant surprise. Unfortunately they don’t allow you to take any photos inside the main castle rooms so I can’t show you what it looks like, but I definitely think its worth spending a few extra quid to see the inside. The library was my favourite.
I did take plenty of photos in the gardens though, which were lovely in the warm summer weather.
Arundel Castle is well worth a visit but make sure you allow yourself enough time to see everything - 2-3 hours minimum. I’m disappointed I missed out on seeing the castle bedrooms but I guess this gives me an excuse to return again in the future.