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An Englishman’s Castle is his Home

An Englishman’s Castle is his Home

Castles are true icons of English history. The location of the South Downs on the South Coast has made it an important defence for thousands of years.

Arundel Castle has seen its fair share of conflict since it was first built at the end of the 11th century. Since 1644 things have been fairly quiet for the castle. It has been the seat of the Dukes of Norfolk for over 850 years and was extensively restored at the end of the 19th century. It was one of the first houses to install electric lighting and central heating – a great example of the National Park moving with the times.

The castle and its grounds are open to visit between April and October and host atmospheric events from re-enacted medieval battles to unforgettable Shakespeare on a summer’s evening.

Lewes Castle stands at the Eastern end of the National Park. You can climb to the top of this 1000 year-old Norman castle for views over the historic market town and iconic chalk slopes. Built shortly after the battle of Hastings in 1066 by a close friend of William the Conqueror, the castle stands on an artificial mound of chalk blocks. The Barbican tower is still standing and is perfect for living out your medieval fantasies before retiring to one of the many watering holes for a jug of ale of two…


"The Downs...too much for one pair of eyes, enough to float a whole population in happiness."