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Arundel Castle...Warwick Castle (London)

I apologize if this has been asked, but how far is Arundel Castle from London? I looked on their website, but it didn't give a specific time. I was considering visiting Warwick Castle, but then hubby mentioned Arundel. Which would you choose if you could only do one? If one takes longer to reach, we'll choose the shorter trip so we have more time to enjoy the visit. Thanks in advance!

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Thanks again everyone! We'll be going on Friday, September 10th, so Arundel should be open for business. You didn't make my job more difficult at all! I enjoy hearing differing opinions on places to visit. I feel like we will get more bang for our buck in Arundel, so all the info helped. Happy Travels!

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Hi Alyse, Difficult choice. I prefer Arundel castle. I took the train from London South to Brighton then West to Arundel. Maybe 75 miles and one hour thirty by train. Be aware that the town/castle is about a half a mile from the train station. No Taxies. You just follow the old path into town. Arundel castle is wonderful. Have Fun!

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I would choose Arundel, it is still a private home and therefore has a very different atmosphere to Warwick Castle which is run by the Madame Tussauds organisation. Warwick is good for kids,lots of things for them to do. Both are worth a visit but Arundel is my favourite. There are direct trains (ie no need to change) from London Victoria Station, takes about 1 1/2 hours. Use this rail journey planner to compare your journey times to both. http://ojp.nationalrail.co.uk/en/s/planjourney/query

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Thank you both! It seems Arundel is the heavy favorite everywhere I look, so it looks like we will be going for a visit! Thank you for the link - I'll use it now.... :-)

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From London Marylebone to Warwick station is either 1:28 or 1:38 via Chiltern Railways, generally calling at Bicester North, Banbury, and Royal Leamington Spa. ^ ^ ^ Warwick Castle is close to the station, via a walk through a nice area of old houses, and they claim to be the best castle show in the country. Very little of the castle is restored, almost all original. Run by the same gang who do Madame Tussauds Wax Works they do put on a show, in lots of depth, but it is a bit more expensive than some. There is a 2 for 1 offer on if you travel by train. See this link, within the asterisks * http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/warwick-castle *. ^ ^ ^ Alyse, it looks like we are making your job harder, not easier. Oh well....sorry.

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Note: Arundel isn't open year round. So don't forgetto check your travel dates. M

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Whwn we were there a while ago, Arundel seemed a quiet little town with nothing much going on; Warwick has a lot more to see. We had a car and were meandering around the area, so we enjoyed Arundel area.

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Alyse If you are going to Arundel via Brighton you would also have time to fit in the Royal Pavilion in Brighton. I think it can fairly claim to be the weirdest of the historic royal palaces. Details here http://www.brighton-hove-rpml.org.uk/RoyalPavilion/Pages/home.aspx Arundel is easily done in an afternoon so it is quite easy to do the pavilion in the morning, have lunch either in Arundel or Brighton, and then Arundel Castle after lunch. Alan