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What Is Life Like In Arundel?
Arundel is a classic picture postcard town combing country traditions with urban modernity – all under the watchful eye of Arundel Castle. With a thousand years of history, Arundel has something for everyone, from independent shops, galleries, bars, restaurants and a host of attractions.
Arundel’s population of 4,298 is small enough to retain a warm community spirit, but popular enough to attract new comers and tourists alike. With delightful Georgian and Victorian houses, Arundel is a great place to live, as well as visit – and all just a stone’s throw away from London.
History Of Arundel
By the time this Saxon town was referred to in the Domesday Book in 1086, it was already a thriving market town and port. Towards the end of the 11th century, the magnificent Arundel castle was built by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel. In the mid-13th century, the Dominican friars located to Arundel and by 1380 the church of St Nicholas in Arundel was built.
By the end of English Civil War, Arundel Castle was severely damaged and left in ruins, it wasn’t until the end of the 19th century that it was properly restored. In 2001, following in the same spirit of restoration, Arundel held its first Farmers Market for over 80 years, and is now a regular monthly event.
Days Out In Arundel
There is an abundance of attractions and leisure activities that individuals, couples and families can enjoy in Arundel. There are daily cruises on the River Arun, canoes and kayaks for hire, the beautiful Denmans Garden; with over 1500 varieties of rare and unusual plants, and the state-of-the-art Arundel Museum.
Two of Arundel’s most popular attractions are Arundel Cathedral and Arundel Castle. Founded by Henry 15th Duke of Norfolk and completed on 1st July 1873, the cathedral is located on London Road overlooking the town. The residents of Arundel also have Henry, 15th Duke of Norfolk to thank for their castle. The Duke’s restoration project completed in 1900 largely restored Arundel Cathedral to the condition it is in today.
Things To Do In Arundel
Arundel is passionate about its local community and the residents work very hard to maintain the ties that bind it together. One of the most important ties is the area’s local shops and businesses and Arundel’s ‘Shop Local - supporting local businesses and community’ movement was created to ensure those independent businesses flourish.
As part of Arundel’s ‘Shop Local’ scheme you will find a huge variety of independent retailers; selling hand-made walking sticks, home-made rock cakes, antique radios and miniature dolls house furniture to local businesses such as, Web-developers, Opticians and Photocopying and printing.
Schools In Arundel
Arundel has numerous local schools and educational facilities.
- Twinkle Tots
- Tiny Tots
- Old School Nursery
- St Nicholas' Church Parents
- Babies and Toddlers
- The Learning Tree Preschool
- Chuckleberries Pre-School
- Slindon College
- The Learning Tree Preschool Ltd
- Christ's Hospital
- Arundel C of E School
- St Philips - Catholic School
Then there’s the Arundel Library, which is open six days a week.
Transport In Arundel
Arundel has a wide range of excellent transport links.
Arundel’s train station is located near the Town Centre and its direct mainline rail link is approximately 90 minute to London Bridge and London Victoria train stations, and approximately 60 minutes to Gatwick Airport train station.
Bus And Coaches
Brighton and Chichester can be easily reached by coaches provided by Stagecoach on route 700 and by local buses by Compass Travel on routes 71, 84, 85/85a and 69.
Arundel has number of cycle routes ranging from "fastest, quietest or most balanced". To find the best route for you please consult West Sussex County Council’s Cycle Journey Planner.