Arundel’s French-style Neo-Gothic Roman Catholic Cathedral looms high above the town. Completed in 1873, it is faced with pale gold Bath stone, and its architect was Joseph Hansom. It was built for the influential Henry Howard, 15th Duke of Norfolk, whose ancestral seat was Arundel Castle. Its dedication is to Our Lady and St Philip Howard, the 13th Earl of Arundel. He was imprisoned for his Catholic faith in 1585, and remained incarcerated in the Tower of London until his death some ten years later. A statue of the martyr on his tomb in the cathedral commemorates also his pet dog, whose comparative freedom of movement enabled Howard to communicate with other prisoners.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking nearby
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: Induction loop, wheelchair available
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year daily 9–6
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About the area
Discover West Sussex
Divided from East Sussex back in 1888, West Sussex is so typically English that to walk through its landscape will feel like a walk through the whole country. Within its boundaries lies a wide variety of landscape and coastal scenery, but it is the spacious and open South Downs with which the county is most closely associated.
In terms of walking, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Studying the map reveals a multitude of routes – many of them to be found within the boundaries of the South Downs National Park – and an assortment of scenic long-distance trails leading towards distant horizons; all of them offer a perfect way to get to the heart of ‘Sussex by the sea,’ as it has long been known. If you enjoy cycling with the salty tang of the sea for company, try the ride between Chichester and West Wittering. You can vary the return journey by taking the Itchenor ferry to Bosham.
West Sussex is renowned for its many pretty towns, of course. Notably, there is Arundel, littered with period buildings and dominated by the castle, the family home of the Duke of Norfolk, that dates back nearly 1,000 years.
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