What to See in Arundel in West Sussex England - Lucy Williams Global

 

Arundel is a beautiful old town just outside Chichester in West Sussex. It is famous for Arundel Castle and Arundel Cathedral.

These are both very statuses buildings and give a lovely view coming into Arundel or driving past.

Arundel is a quaint little town beside the River Arun with beautiful scenery, independent shops and lovely cafes and restaurants.

What is there to see in Arundel?

Arundel Castle

Arundel Castle is the main feature of Arundel. The original castle dates back to 1067 and belonged to Earl of Arundel. It was built to protect the mouth of the River Arun and to protect Sussex from attack.

Between 1870 and 1890 the castle was almost completely rebuilt. Apart from the gatehouse, barbican and the lower part of the Bevis Tower.

What to See in Arundel West Sussex England

This is how it can be seen today, all the features from when it was rebuilt. It has a grand Victorian gothic style. Today the castle belongs to the Duke of Norfolk.

The castle can be viewed from the end of March through to the end of October. It is closed to the public between November to the end of March.

There are car parks in Arundel, but they are not huge, so bear that in mind if driving and arrive early to get a parking place. Especially at weekends and school holidays.

What to See in Arundel in West Sussex England - Lucy Williams Global

There are different tickets to see different rooms in the castle. If you have not been there before I recommend buying a ticket to see all the rooms that are viewable by the pubic as the castle is very grand inside and is fascinating to see.

The manicured gardens that surround the castle are beautiful to walk around, as there are different themes. There are special events that take place at the castle so always check online before you plan your trip there to see if there is a special event when you go.

What to See in Arundel in West Sussex England - Lucy Williams Global

Arundel Cathedral

Arundel Cathedral is a Roman Catholic Cathedral and has dramatic gothic architecture. It is on top on the hill and towers over the town along with the castle.

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Arundel Museum

The Arundel Museum is by the carpark and has lots of history about Arundel. Their friendly staff are on hand to give you a wealth of local knowledge about Arundel and the surrounding areas.

Arun River

The Arun River runs through the town and is nice to walk along on or take boat trip down. There are pubs and restaurants on the water to have a relaxing drink or meal.

What to See in Arundel in West Sussex England - Lucy Williams Global

Arundel Town Centre

The town centre of Arundel is a pretty area to walk around. Look at all the old buildings, have a stroll around the shops and stop for coffee or lunch.

What to See in Arundel in West Sussex England - Lucy Williams Global

Where to Eat in Arundel

There are lots of great cafes and restaurants. My favourite café/restaurant is Pappardelle. It is an Italian café/restaurant; downstairs is a café perfect for coffee or light lunch and upstairs is the restaurant with amazing Italian food perfect for lunch or dinner.

What to See in Arundel in West Sussex England - Lucy Williams Global

Where to Shop in Arundel

All the shops are lovely in Arundel as they are all independents. It is a great place to find something different.

My favourite shop in Arundel is Gray’s of Tarrant Street. It is a shoe and accessories shop with a beautiful selection of seasonal shoes and accessories and it is very different from anything you would find on the high street.

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How to Get to Arundel

To get to Arundel from London you can take the train from London Victoria to Arundel. From the train station it is a ten minute walk into the town centre. If you are driving, it is on the A27 between Portsmouth and Brighton.

You may also enjoy reading about Chichester and Singleton.

Essential Info

  • Weather: Winter: 3 – 11*C Spring: 6 – 10*C  Summer: 16* – 21*C
  • Wear comfortable shoes as it is mainly walking up hill.
  • Arrive early if driving to get a parking space.
  • Public toilets cost 20p to use by the carpark
  • Language: English
  • Currency: Pound Sterling

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Here’s How You Can Have the Time of Your Life when On Vacation

 

If you want to go travelling but you don’t know if it is the right time to do so then you need to understand one thing- it’s never a good time for you to travel.

There is never a perfect time, and you’ll never be fully sure if you’re making the right decision when you book a holiday.

That being said, it is more than possible for you to have the holiday of a lifetime whether you go to a cheaper destination or even a more expensive one, and the whole thing is what you make it.

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Go Somewhere You Never Thought You Would

You may be thinking, “when is the best time for Umrah?” or “when should I take a gap year to travel?” and this is completely normal.

The problem is that if you are constantly basing your decisions on the opinions of other people then this can cause you to miss out.

You need to go somewhere you never thought you would and you also need to take your life into your own hands.

Instead of going to the biggest countries in the world, try and go somewhere a little more underground and don’t let other people tell you where to go.

This is where the best experiences happen. If you’re stuck for ideas, why not try Budapest?

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Get in Touch with Nature

When you arrive at your destination, you may feel a little out of place. You may also feel tired from your journey as well.

Instead of going to your hotel room, try and get out there and see the sights. Find somewhere that makes you feel as comfortable as your hotel room, whether that is an open serene lake or whether it is endless fields.

This can really help you to connect with the location you’re in and it is a great way for you to really take in what is around you.

 

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There’s No Such Thing as a Diet When You Go On Vacation

When you go on vacation, it’s important to know that there’s no such thing as a diet.

You need to make sure that you don’t limit your treats, and you also need to try whatever you want when you are out and on the move.

After all, each country has such a great food culture and it would be a shame for you to miss out on this just because you don’t want to add an inch to your waistline.

Go Out At Night

One mistake is to do all of your travelling during the day and then spend the night in your hotel room.

Your best experience could happen at night and this is when people usually go out to have fun.

If you want to really have a spectacular travel experience then don’t limit yourself to certain times of the day and always make sure that you do everything you can to see the world in the way that it was meant to be seen.

For example, if the Eiffel Tower looks better at night then this is the way that you should see it for the first time.

 

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Step Back in Time at the Weald & Downland Museum in West Sussex England - Lucy Williams Global

 

Ever wondered what it was like over the last 1000 years in West Sussex in England? Step back in time at the Weald and Downland Living Museum.

The open-air museum is in the beautiful South Downs in Singleton in West Sussex on the South Coast of England.

You can get there by car or bus. If you are coming from London take the train to Chichester and then the bus from Chichester to Singleton.

What to See

On the 40-acre site discover rescued rural buildings from the past and how people lived and worked in them.

There are more than 50 buildings to explore and see demonstrations from cooking in Tudor times to wheat being ground to make flour at the watermill.

This museum is perfect for all ages and you can even bring the dog! I have been visiting this museum since I was a child and have seen the museum grow and get more interesting over the years.

I went on Mothering Sunday in March with my mum and we had a great day walking around each beautiful rescued building from the past. It is fascinating how Sussex was over the years and how buildings have modernised.

The buildings date as far back as 950 AD to the 19th Century and they are from areas in Sussex and have been rescued from being destroyed.

The buildings are carefully dismantled and then rebuilt on site at the Weald and Downland Museum.

There are live demonstrations of how people dressed and worked, that make you feel like you are really back in that era.

The Buildings

There are so many buildings to visit on site some are clustered together around the ‘town centre’ and others are spread over the grounds.

There are barns, farmhouses, a carpenter’s shop, a joinery shop, a plumber’s workshop, a school, a church, stables, a kitchen, shops, sheds, cattle sheds, houses and a watermill.

All from different eras and you can go inside and see how the furniture was at that time. In some of the older homes, the mattresses of the beds were made of straw and the ceilings were very low.

A some of my favourite buildings are; the Granary this building is from 1731 and inside there is a fire pit inside.

In the town centre are the medieval shops from the 15th century and the upper hall that would have been where meetings would have taken place.

The watermill is from the early 17th century and was in use until 1935. It is very interesting to see how wheat was ground and milled to make flour. It is still working today and they sell the flour in the gift shop.

Popular Cottage is a beautiful thatched roof cottage and inside they are normally cooking demonstrations and you can walk around the house and the garden.

The school is a tiny building with small desks, individual chalkboards on each desk. It shows how far schools have come along!

All of the buildings are very interesting to see from the outside and to explore inside. How the architecture has come along over the centuries and how objects have modernised.

Dining

At the museum, there is a café to have refreshments, a snack or lunch. The café opens before the museum opens so you can have your morning coffee beforehand. We had cappuccinos and cake and they were very nice.

The Café sits beside the mill pond that gives a lovely view if you are sitting by the window or outside. Also, there are picnic benches around the site, so you can bring own lunch or snacks.

Year round there are seasonal events going on so always check on the Weald and Downland website before you go to see what’s on.

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Best Cocktail Bars in Budapest

 

Famous for its picturesque architecture and fairytale setting – Budapest’s bustling nightlife can seem a bit overwhelming, which is why I have teamed up with Last Night of Freedom, to put together a roundup of Budapest’s best cocktail bars guaranteed to make your next trip one to remember!

Blue Fox In the Bar

If you’re looking for something a bit unusual, then this cocktail bar is for you! Full to the rim of mesmerising cocktails, Blue Fox is the ultimate mecca for all Instagram worthy cocktails. Presented in the most elegant and imaginative way, this bar is the perfect backdrop for a girl’s day out. This place is known for mixing the classics right, and the innovative new drinks with flair and precision -making you forget everything you thought you knew about cocktails, after an afternoon here.

Tuk Tuk Bar

Take a journey back in time and celebrate the enchanting era of the 1920s, with a stop at the colourful Tuk Tuk bar. Modelled and designed on the period, when women were first allowed to walk accompanied and look glamorous while doing so. This bar offers nothing but a celebration of culture and colourful cocktails. Savour the fresh ingredient, homemade syrups while you watch in awe as the skilled bartenders pour up your favourite cocktails – keeping you entrained all night.

 

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Kiosk

One of the most famous cocktail bars in Budapest, this metropolitan is the perfect place for your holiday celebrations. Situated in a grand former university theatre, this bar makes the geometric centre of Budapest. Boasting unique style and flavours, the cocktail menu offers everything from Chai KIOSK, with its Chai tea, infused Absolut vodka, fig jam, Strongbow, gold cider and chocolate bitter – to the equally lethal Margarita Reloaded, made from Corralejo blanco tequila, Grand Marnier, pineapple juice, cardamon syrup and smoked with absinthe.

Warm up

Like the name suggest this bar is the perfect place to start your night out. Changing perceptions of cocktail bars since its opening in 2014, this bar is committed to shake, mix and twist each guest drink in a unique way. To get your very own bespoke cocktail, all you have to do is tell the bartender what kind of flavours, scents and historical eras you enjoy. Warming up has never been more fun!

Bar Pharma

If you’re looking for something a bit different then Bar Pharma is the place for you. Daring to be different, you can enjoy the science of all things alcohol. Designed in vintage pharmacy interiors paired with dim lighting and periodic tables lining the walls, you can enjoy shots of in medicine bottles. When you’re there why not try their signature Millionaire cocktail? Which evokes an ethos of Prohibition-era with cola reduction, vanilla, egg yolk and shaken egg whites.

 

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Boutiq’Bar

Listed in drink International magazine’s 50 best cocktail bars in the world, the neo-speakeasy Boutiq’Bar, is favoured by ladies looking for a sophisticated hen night.

Thanks to its outstanding reputation, the bartenders are committed to mixing your perfect cocktail.

Get lost in the plethora of ingredients, including Mexican chilli and African vanilla, to Caribbean rose peppercorn and Thai lemongrass to create mouth-watering concoctions. Hanky Panky, Vesper Martini and Flying Dutchman are all Boutiq’Bar classics, but, if you want to truly embrace Hungarian culture on your hen weekend, grab yourselves a round of pálinka – a super strength fruit brandy.

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The Historic District of Savannah Georgia USA

 

Cheers travellers! This post comes to you while enjoying my Sippin Gypsy Sparkling Lemonade as I revisit my travels to the charming historic district of Savannah Georgia.   I love Savannah for her lush shaded squares and beautiful architecture of an age gone by.  Of the many flavour pallets indigenous to America, the southern cuisine is one of my favourites and Savannah delivers every time with creative twists on classic comfort food dishes.

Savannah is also a town to indulge yourself with luxurious accommodations, eclectic shops and boutiques and a people passionate about their hometown. Altogether, these charms combine to help you enjoy the epitome of southern hospitality.

My preference is to visit in the spring or fall.  Savannah can be beastly humid in the summer and brisk in the winter, but she is always beautiful and welcoming. There is so much offered in a very walkable neighbourhood with a comfortable balance of indoor and outdoor options for exploring.  Give yourself at least two to three days to really enjoy Savannah GA and come hungry…you won’t be disappointed.

I’ve been to Savannah several times over the years for the simple pleasure of going and just enjoying walking around and exploring.  Each visit I can stroll up a new street and take in the stunning, well-manicured properties with beautiful courtyards and unique details. While in Savannah, I love that many of these beautiful historic homes have been converted into Bed and Breakfast Inns.  One of my favourite Inns is the Hamilton Turner Inn.

 

The Historic District of Savannah Georgia USA

 

The rooms are elegant with touches from the past but very modernized and comfortable with air conditioning and other luxurious details that leave you feeling pampered.  As a Bed and Breakfast, a delicious meal every morning is part of the package.  This is a great way to start the day, a warm home cooked dish with the southern flair.

Many of the Inns also offer a wine reception in the late afternoon. When planning a family getaway to Savannah it is important to note that most of the Bed and Breakfast’s do not allow children, so when the kids go with me to Savannah, we love staying at the Mansion on Forsyth or The Marshall House.

The Mansion of Forsyth is directly across from the beautiful Fortsyth Park with her majestic trees and iconic fountain.  The park includes a playground that the kids can run around on while my husband and I enjoy a cocktail from the lounge in the hotel.

 

The Historic District of Savannah Georgia USA

 

The Mansion on Forsyth also has a sister property on the river, both hotels constantly run a complimentary shuttle between the two locations for guests to save on the distance walking just to get to River and Bay Street or back to Forsyth Park.  The Marshall House is much closer to the action of the historic district of Savannah.

Each room in The Marshall House has carefully preserved details from the past. The building served as a hospital during the civil war so of course there are rumours of ghosts and spirits, but I can assure you during both of my stays at The Marshall House, I had no visitors from other realms or any disrupted sleep.

Southern cuisine…  Rich and hearty with dishes that aren’t afraid of butter, cream and lots of seafood.  Shrimp and Grits, Crab Cakes and Fried Green Tomatoes in some form or another make their way to almost every menu across Savannah.  Olde Pink House and Pirate’s House are iconic Savannah restaurants for classic southern cuisine.

I’ve also enjoyed dining at sunset with a riverfront view at Vics on the River or live music and great cocktails at Jazz’d.  But Savannah isn’t all only southern cuisine, many restaurants pride themselves on unique dishes with fun flavour pairings.  For a more creative dining experience, we’ve had fun trying various plates at Treylor Park or their sister location, Hitch.

 

The Historic District of Savannah Georgia USA

 

Ever had Peanut Butter and Jelly Hot Wings??  I have, at Treylor Park…and they are oddly delicious!! For a special occasion and truly incredible cuisine, Alligator Soul has left a lasting impression on my own foodie soul for memorable flavours and eclectic pairings.  It’s become a tradition with my family to ensure our first morning starts at Mirabelle Café.

While they specialize in Liege Waffles and locally sourced Perc Coffee, all of the goodies on the menu are delicious.  As a break in the middle of hot afternoons, we indulge at another iconic location: Leopold’s Ice Cream… many of the flavours update seasonally….so even if it’s your second or third visit back to Savannah, check out the new flavours and take a moment to cool off.

One of the best things about Savannah: her historic district is an open container area.  Sippin Gypsy Travelers know this means they can grab a delicious cocktail to go and keep exploring!  This is one of my favourite ways to see a city.  I feel like I can see and try so much more.

 

The Historic District of Savannah Georgia USA

 

While in Savannah, I am still getting through the variety of Bloody Marys that are unique to each bar.  No one bar in Savannah makes this cocktail the same way!  Currently one of my favourite Bloody Marys is from the Pirate’s House at the edge of the Historic District.  I order mine extra spicy…  Please share if you have uncovered a favourite spot for great Bloody Marys in Savannah, I’ll add it to my list to try!

Savannah offers so much to explore and see during your visit.  I am a huge fan of tours as an overview when you visit any city.  I have done almost every tour offered in Savannah.  I love a good ghost story, so of course, the Ghosts and Gravestones Tour was right up my alley.

But I truly enjoyed getting into the details of the architecture and history of Savannah Old City Walks paired us with a passionate local that took us through the city and off the main streets to find unique details.  I also highly recommend a Savannah food tour,  I really enjoyed Savannah Taste Experience, this really took me to eclectic places that I may not have originally chosen to visit, but introduced me new spots to come back to and try more!

The Telfair Museums offer a package deal to tour all three of their locations including a tour of the well preserved Owens-Thomas House to see what life was like in early Savannah. Your ticket is good for a few days, so you can spread out the visits to the museums in between other activities. Broughton St. is your main destination for some truly fun shopping experiences.

 

The Historic District of Savannah Georgia USA

 

 

Please do yourself a favour and stop in for delicious chocolates in the most beautiful boutique at Chocolate by Adam TuroniThe Paris Market is a delightful way to take a break from the heat and shop, you will find chic, posh housewares as well as unique gifts.

As the sun sets, grab a cocktail at Rocks on the Roof of the Bohemian Hotel, this bar offers a stunning view of the river and bridge and is the perfect spot to catch a magical sunset before hitting the town for more sippin and strollin.  Jazz’d and City Market will both offer live music into the night.

But a local favourite is to grab that cocktail to go and pop in and out of different spots for music and fun with your friends.

Savannah really is a beautiful town with so much to offer.  The people are warm and hospitable and set the bar for what true southern hospitality is.  Her careful preservation of historic details and glimpses into the past coupled with her delicious cocktail and cuisine offerings makes Savannah a truly special and memorable getaway.

 

The Historic District of Savannah Georgia USA

 

Kristin started Sippin Gypsy as a way to catalogue her experiences and offer helpful tips from her travels as she explores the world sip by sip. See more Sippin Gypsy travel suggestions as well as cocktail recipes inspired by each location at www.sippingypsy.com.

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The Historic District of Savannah Georgia USA