Opposite the doors of our georgian hq, the walls of arundel castle rise up above the town. Once inside, explore 1,000 years of history in one of England’s leading stately homes, renowned for its Medieval and Victorian Gothic architecture. Arundel is a gateway town for the South Downs National Park. This makes the home of Digby Fine English a perfect base for walking, cycling and enjoying breath-taking views of rolling landscapes from the South Downs Way. Digby isn’t the only fiercely independent brand in town. Arundel is also home to art galleries, antique dealers and family-run restaurants, bars and pubs.
There is so much to see and do in the Arundel area, it can be tough fitting it all into one day. With plenty of breathtaking hotels and cottages, there is a wealth of options to make the most of your visit with an overnight stay in the idyllic Sussex Countryside.
Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa, Climping
This timeless hotel and spa is a stone’s throw from the beach, perfect for a peaceful, relaxing and inspiring getaway. Just a short drive from Arundel and set in 30 acres of private parkland, this dog friendly hotel is the ultimate luxury country escape.
The Spread Eagle hotel, Midhurst
Set in the charming town of Midhurst, this is a modern hotel housed in one of England’s oldest coaching inns, opulent but refined, it is warm and full of contemporary comfort. Located in the heart of the South Downs National Park, the Spread Eagle provides convenient access to the many experiences West Sussex had to offer.
Laura Lye Cottages, Arundel
Living just outside the town, Laura Lye manages a range of delightful cottages in the Arundel area, perfect for those looking for some independent comfort. The range of beautiful holiday lets means there is something for every couple, family and troop of friends in the beautiful market town.
The choice of dining locations in Arundel and the surrounding area is outstanding, there is a huge range to suit all palates and much of them using local, seasonal ingredients to showcase true Sussex flavours.
The Parsons Table, Arundel
Run by Lee and Liz Parsons, this is an exquisite restaurant in Arundel dedicated to using local ingredients and providing a relaxed dining atmosphere but flawless service. The seasonal menu exhibits locally sourced produce of the highest quality, a very popular venue, booking is advised!
E.Street Bar & Grill, Petworth
Recently refurbished, E.Street is a polished bistro with a delightfully bucolic atmosphere. An excellent dining experience awaits patrons here with attention to the finest details from the tantalisingly food to the stylish interior.
There are so many things to see and explore in West Sussex to suit all tastes, from rural walks to roar of engines at the Goodwood Motor Circuit, everybody can find themselves entertained in West Sussex.
Dominating the town’s skyline is Arundel Castle, home to the Duke & Duchess of Norfolk. Close to 1000 years old, the castle is in remarkable condition and offers delights to children and adults alike. The Arundel Castle is open from April to November, be sure to check the calendar as there are fantastic events to attend such as the Tulip Festival in the Spring and jousting tournaments which are sure to keep you entertained.
Arundel has a range of antique shops, however Spencer Swaffer is unlike any other and contains an immense collection of historical curiosities, the perfect place to pick up a unique talking point from your travels. Like a museum unto itself, the shop is crammed full of amazing but quickly changing decorative antiques, if you fall in love, you must follow your heart here!
South Downs National Park
The South Downs are absolutely awash with gorgeous footpaths and walking routes for all abilities, a local favourite is the walk along the meandering River Arun to the quaint little village of Amberley for a spot of lunch. There are spectacular views, plenty of birdlife and the occasional seal in the river to keep walkers hooked.
The Arundel Festival is an exciting 10 day event in August every year, the highlights are the Bank Holiday weekend when the Dragon Boat Race takes place on the river and the town is full of live entertainment and an electrifying buzz. The gallery trail which operates during the same period is also a great way to view some exceptional works of art in a range of mediums in dozens of venues across the town.
Goodwood has plenty of enticing events throughout the year and Goodwood House itself is well worth a visit. The highlights of the Estate calendar however are the adrenaline fueled Festival of Speed in July and the nostalgic Goodwood Revival in September.
Chichester Festival Theatre
The Festival Theatre is renowned for the remarkably high standard of its productions and has cemented its reputation as one of the UK’s flagship theatres. With a constantly changing schedule of exceptional plays and musicals and comedians, it is well worth checking the Festival Theatre if visiting the West Sussex area for an unforgettable experience.