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Arundel Town Information

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A splendid old West Sussex town, Arundel lies on the River Arun in the picturesque South Downs.

It is overshadowed by the turreted Arundel Castle, family seat of the Dukes of Norfolk.

Although it looks medieval it was largely reconstructed during the 18th and 19th centuries. The keep, however, dates back to Norman times.

Arundel Castle - Photo © Darren Hill
Arundel Castle - Photo: Darren Hill CCL

The imposing Roman Catholic Arundel Cathedral was granted its high status in 1869. It was built a few years earlier in the French Gothic style for the 15th Duke of Norfolk and has medieval features such as gargoyles and flying buttresses. It contains fine examples of Victorian glass, mostly designed by Nathaniel Westlake.

At the foot of the Offham Hangar is a 60-acre nature reserve run by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. One of the species protected is the world’s rarest goose, the Nene, the state bird of Hawaii. There are only 500 in the wild.