Arundel's History

"Arundel Castle is one of West Sussex’s greatest attractions with a history spanning nearly a thousand years"

Dan Snow -

Arundel’s history begins in Roman and Saxon times as an inland port and important market town. The skyline is now dominate by the gothic Arundel Cathedral and majestic Arundel Castle, which is the seat of the Dukes of Norfolk, set in 40 acres of sweeping grounds and gardens.

Arundel has had a Town Crier since 369 AD

Our Historic Town

Explore and read about Arundel's past

Arundel Castle

Arundel Cathedral

Arundel Museum

Old Port

Hiorne Tower

Castle Cricket Ground


The Maison Dieu

Churches of Arundel

Swanbourne Lake

A Thousand Years of History and More

A flourishing market town and port

Arundel’s history begins in Roman and Saxon times as an inland port and important market town. The skyline is now dominated by the gothic Arundel Cathedral and majestic Arundel Castle, which is the seat of The Dukes of Norfolk, set in 40 acres of sweeping grounds and gardens. Arundel Castle, parts of which date back to 1068, is open to visitors seasonally and is one of the great treasure houses of England, home to priceless works of art and The Collector Earl’s Garden. For more information about Arundel Castle visit

Next to Arundel Castle lies the Parish Church of St. Nicholas, built
in 1380. It is unusual because the western portion came under the jurisdiction of the Church of England at the time of the Reformation but the Eastern portion – The Fitzalan Chapel – remained the  property of the Duke of Norfolk and is Roman Catholic. The Fitzalan Chapel is only accessible to the public from the Castle Gardens.
Since 369 AD, Arundel’s colourful Town Crier has announced news
in the town most Saturdays and during special events. For more information on Arundel’s past history visit

Arundel Now and Then

Book available for £6.99 from The Book Ferret, High Street

Discover the historic town of Arundel with Danny and Chlöe as they delve into the past with their Granny and her old photo album. Walk with them as they follow a photographic trail around the centre of Arundel exploring the buildings, the stories and the people who lived there.

Find the clues to unlock the past with this factual and interactive fun guide. Adults too will be fascinated by the history of the town and its inhabitants and the ability to compare an intriguing selection of vintage and Victorian photographs with the contemporary town.

Book contains a map and clear walking route.


This page is kindly supported by one of Arundel’s top historians. Mark Philips was born and raised in Arundel and has written many articles and a book on Arundel.

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