After a rather soggy bottom adventure to Alfriston in East Sussex, my next stop was my old home town of Arundel in West Sussex…if you love proper castles and tea shops then Arundel is for you!

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

There is no bad way to arrive in Arundel; the journey via train provides sweeping views over the castle and town and they’re just as good arriving by car…the views are just breathtaking.  I will be honest, Arundel Castle is one of my favourites and even though we used to live here, the town never gets old…I love it here.

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

I can’t remember the last time I entered Arundel Castle so to escape the dreaded rain, I popped inside to explore and have a little trip down memory lane…the Norfolk family are big party poopers and won’t allow photography inside the castle so I can’t give you a guided tour however if you are in two minds on visiting…this is how cool the exterior is! (side note: they do like a good party especially for charity…they threw a few when we lived down in Arundel)

Don’t let the blue skies fool you…blue one minute…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…and dark grey the next….

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…it was raining big fat cats and dogs…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…even my shoes were soggy AGAIN…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…my favourite thing about Arundel Castle is that it actually looks like a fairy tale princess castle…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…you could imagine Prince Charming ride through the South Downs to rescue his damsel in distress from the castle…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…or maybe it’s Princess Charming doing the rescuing….I’m not sure of these metrosexual princes these days….

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…metrosexual is our new favourite office word….

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…don’t you think Arundel Castle suits autumn?!?

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

Thinking that I managed to escape most of the rain by doing a tour of the interior of the castle, I popped back outside only for it to start raining again…so I went in search of another spot for my shoes and I to escape the rain…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…through some pretty gardens…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…which were truly lovely even in the autumn…dahlias daddy…dahlias…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…then had a quick look back at the castle and scowled at the grey sky…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…stopping quickly so I didn’t melt in the rain to take a photo of a door…I can’t pass up a good door…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…and inside the chapel…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…which is currently getting restored…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

….I had a quick wander around…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…and then felt that I needed a cake stop.

I walked pass a number of tea shops that were overflowing with patrons and steamy windows  (I like to think they were having hot raunchy chats over a cup of tea but in all honesty, they were english so they were probably discussing the weather)

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…I continued through town which lets be honest, is gorgeous and I felt a bit sad not to be living here any more…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…walked across the river, our house was on the left hand river bank to the end of this photo…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…and then I found gluten free heaven…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…and I do mean gluten free cake heaven…almost every cake was gluten free…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…come to mama!

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

All in all a pretty good day exploring…I managed to tick Alfriston off my England bucket list and had a successful castle and gluten free cake hunting day in Arundel.  England is full of hidden surprises, many of which are still to be discovered by the instagram crew!

This is my favourite door photo from Arundel…the light looks like a crown!

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

Have you visited Arundel before…did you enjoy the town?  What’s your all time favourite castle?

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

Travel Tips for Arundel, West Sussex

  • Arundel is extremely easy to reach via train from London (it’s a quick walk into the town centre) or you can drive to the town and there is sufficient parking around which you will need to pay for.
  • Arundel Castle is not open all year round so make sure you check opening times; it will reopen in April through to October in 2017 and entry fees start at £11 through to £20 to access different areas of the castle
  • I stopped for a piece of gluten free cake at Gaskyns in Arundel, they had an amazing selection of gluten free cakes on offer when I visited.
  • I’m slightly gutted that I no longer live in Arundel on the gluten free front alone as there seems to be a number of options looking at this gluten free trip advisor thread of the ten places to eat in the town.
  • If you want to get a photo of the castle like my top photo then you need to walk up the hill past the train station to look down on Arundel, it’s a stunning view.
  • Arundel has a number of independent shops that are always looking for support plus if you love antiques then you will love Arundel as there are a number of little antique shops in the town.

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

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