The gorgeous metropolis, simply 1.5 hours from London, was as soon as known as essentially the most enjoyable place in Europe

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If you’re planning a short weekend break or a relaxing road trip before Easter, this pretty West Sussex town might be the ideal spot. Arundel is only 1.5 hours from London and it’s no surprise that this location has received high praise.

It was once described as one of the most relaxing places in Europe, according to holiday price comparison website TravelSupermarket. There’s no denying that Arundel offers some stunning views of the South Downs, but also offers some quiet activities.

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The city is primarily picture perfect for history and architecture lovers. One of the most popular attractions is Arundel Castle, which dates back to the Norman Conquest and was first founded in 1067. It is now the current home of the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk.

The Arundel Castle Gardens are among the best in the world

One of the castle’s main attractions, however, is its magnificent gardens, which have been described as “one of the best in the world”. They also recently joined Great Gardens of the World, and it’s not hard to see why.

In an interview with Sussex World, head gardener Martin Duncan takes full responsibility for the well-being of the gardens. He said: “The current Duke and Duchess of Norfolk are forward-thinking and great exponents of the gardens, which makes working at Arundel Castle fantastic.

“Arundel Castle Gardens are delightful gardens to explore, with surprises around every corner, a beautiful, award-winning water garden recently restored from the historic Stew Ponds, tropical and English gardens, the quirky Stumpery Garden and the lush Organic Kitchen Garden with its original 1852 wine and peach house, one of only three left, and new Messenger replica tropical greenhouse.”

Arundel is an ancient market town built on a bridge point over the River Arun

The reviews on TripAdvisor for the Castle Gardens are absolutely glowing. One person wrote: “Truly one of the loveliest spots in the UK especially the gardens. I felt like in a fairy tale! The castle is interesting and time flies.”

A second wrote: “I’m not a fan of visiting castles, museums etc but Arundel Castle is absolutely gorgeous! Beautiful building, many rooms to visit and the gardens are just exceptionally beautiful!”

A third commented: “I felt like I was in a fairy tale. I’m particularly impressed with the garden, it’s so well maintained and amazing. The castle offered a glimpse into aristocratic family life. I have to mention the helpful and friendly staff they are great!”

Whether you are looking for a romantic setting or a casual pub, Arundel also has plenty of places for you to eat and drink. If luxury British food is your thing then head to The Parsons Table and secure a reservation. This is no ordinary eatery, having been awarded a Michelin plate for fine dining.

The restaurant serves regional and seasonal fare, focusing on classic cuisine and offering impressive dishes such as roast cod, Muscovy duck breast, and beef cheek. Not to mention that they also have an excellent wine and dessert menu.

The great thing about Arundel is that there is no shortage of things to do; whether it’s exploring the beautiful palace gardens or indulging in a fine meal; It is the ideal destination for a weekend getaway.

how to get there

– There is a direct train from London Victoria to Arundel. (1 hr 20 mins)
– Once you reach Arundel you can either walk to the castle (takes 15 minutes) or take a taxi.

Note: the castle is only open from April 2nd to November 3rd

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