By Train to Arundel
Arundel train station is a little outside the town centre and it takes about 10 to 15 minutes to walk into town alongside a busy road. Train services are provided by Southern Railway and trains operate to London, Southampton, Portsmouth and Bognor Regis. Getting access to Arundel from Brighton and Central and East Sussex is a little more tricky as it will involve a number of changes to make your way along the coastway line to Ford station (very much in teh middle of nowhere!) before joining the train which will stop at Arundel there.
From the train station to the castle
As you are pulling into Arundel's station, you can see the castle out the window if you are on the right side of the train so it's very difficult to get lost. There are signs as you head into town pointing you in the direction of Arundel Castle, I would say it didn't take more than 15 minutes to walk between the two, maybe less. There was a cab there with a posted fare to the Castle, I think it was around £3.
Once we got to the Castle and paid our admission fee, we noticed some guys zipping around in golf carts, if you are physically limited, I believe they will give you a ride up to the entrance.
London to Arundel
Train travel from London can be very expensive and each train line seems to have different promotions so it is worthwhile to look not just at the National Rail website but also at the train line for the route you want to go on. Arundel is served by Southern Railway, we left from Victoria Station
I got a Day Save ticket for £20 that allowed both of us to travel all day on Southern Railways as long as it was after 10am during the week, no restrictions on the weekend. We could have had up to 4 people on that ticket plus additional accompanied children for only £1 each (maximum 4 children per paying adult or group ticket).
We caught the 1st train after 10am, there are a couple of trains every hour and the journey takes around 1 1/2 hours. 2nd class is fine for traveling around England, the seats are comfortable.
Car Parking in Arundel
There are several pay & display car parks in Arundel, charged from 8:00 to 18:00 each day:
Opposite of the castle entrance and close to the town centre is the Mill Road Car Park (3 hours 1,50 £; 4 hours 2,50 £; all day 5 £). In the centre there's the Crown Yard Car Park (1 hour 55p; 2 hours 1,10 £; 3 hours 1,65 £; 4 hourse 3,50 £; all day 6,50 £). However we took the Fitzalan Car Park (2 hours 1 £; 4 hours 2 £; all day 4 £) near the swimming pool as that was the first we reached. From there it was a really short walk to the centre and the castle.
(Charges as of Sep 2009)
When arriving at Arundel by car there a few places you can park but you will need to pay.
If you don't mind a short walk and a free park then follow signs to the wildfowl and wetlands centre and you will end up driving past the castle with trees lining both sides of the road. It is free to park down here for as long as you want.
It can be very busy here though!
Directions to Arundel Castle
Arundel Castle is in the south of England in West Sussex in the picturesque village of Arundel. It is 4 miles north of Littlehampton and the south coast, and midway between Chichester and Worthing on the A27.
The castle is also easily reached by train. The station is in walking distance from the station.
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