By William Mills
On a hot Saturday July morning we visited Arundel Castle with Michaela Anderson, Miss Sparkling Beauty UK 2013 to see how it measured up.
From Brighton take A27 westbound and Arundel is the next town after Worthing. We allowed an hour each way. Arundel station is on the Barnham-Horsham line and Stagecoach run a regular bus service from Brighton’s Pool Valley.
We parked in the Mill Road car park with the castle entrance a short walk away. We bought the silver entrance tickets which gave access to the Keep and grounds. This turned out to be more than adequate for a first visit.
The medieval keep is the oldest part of the castle. It dates from 11th century Norman times. We were warned there were many steps to climb, but found the walking OK.
There was plenty to see and life like exhibits. Below are monks in the castle keep chapel.
There were lots of places to sit down and rest weary legs.
The spiral staircase steps were steep but we managed them.
The view from the top of the castle looked out over the nearby cathedral and to the sea in the distance.
With all its ramparts and battlements we felt we were part of the castle’s history.
In the grounds we walked along the paths and found various historical enactments. Below a visitor is holding a hawk.
The life of an 18th century pirate was hard with an uncertain future.
Arundel Castle was a wonderful visit with its history dating from William the Conqueror to modern times.