• A mother helps her children dressed in bright orange lifejackets row in a white boat against a countryside backdrop at Swanbourne Lake


    Hire a self-drive motor boat and sail along the River Arun or try boating at Swanbourne Lake.

  • A young girl concentrates as she pulls back on a bow and arrow while being taught archery at Arundel Castle Pirate Day

    Pirate and Smugglers Day

    Enjoy regular interactive, family events such as Pirate and Smugglers Day at Arundel Castle.

  • A close up of a man dressed in white using a fishing reel


    The River Arun is a popular site for fishing and angling in Arundel, with local fisheries nearby.

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    Enjoy a coffee or go shopping while browsing for things to do in Arundel using tourism touchscreens.

Things to do in Arundel

This famous West Sussex market town is most well-known for its 11th Century Arundel Castle and stunning Victorian gothic cathedral, but great days out in Arundel don’t have to stop at a visit to these historic attractions.

Explore more of the area's rich history and heritage at Arundel MuseumSt Nicholas Church and nearby Amberley Museum and discover Arundel from a different perspective at Arundel Jailhouse and Ghost Experience!

There's a great choice of guided walks with different options hosted by qualified Blue Badge Guides, Arundel Museum or Arundel Walking Tours - this is a great way to really understand the history of the whole town.

Foodies are spoilt for choice in Arundel, with cafes, bars, restaurants and some great traditional English pubs too - just a small remnant of the 30 or so that used to serve the population in this once busy riverside port. Art and antique lovers will be happy at one of Arundel’s superb galleries and the treasure troves of antiques and collectables, If shopping is your 'bag' then the wide range of contemporary and traditional independent shops is impressive for such a small town and is sure to include something perfect just for you. 

For water and nature lovers, the rowing boats at Swanbourne Lakeboat trips on the River Arun  and the Boat Safaris at Arundel Wetland Centre, are a great way to relax,admire the wildlife and while away a few hours in glorious surroundings.
There are other ways to get active and explore the local countryside. Discover how to walk, cycle and ride in the area, especially as Arundel is one of the gateways to the South Downs National Park. For golfers, there's the nearby Hilton Avisford Park Golf Course a putting green and tennis courts at Mill Road Leisure and Café and swimmers can enjoy a few laps in Arundel’s popular outdoor Lido. And, for those who enjoy a flutter on the races, Fontwell Park Racecourse is nearby.
Arundel's what's on calendar is also full of fantastic arts, theatre, music and cultural events including the world famous Arundel Festival and Arundel by Candlelight, and there are even more town events to be found at the town's own Events Diary.
To really get the most from your visit to Arundel, look for the "Add to My Itinerary" button and add your favourites to your personal Itinerary Planner. You may find our Accessibility, Getting hereGetting Around and Visitor Information pages helpful too.

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Rowing boats for hire (March - October) in a stunning setting overlooked by Arundel Castle. T: +44 (0)1903 884293

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