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Arundel weekend break in West Sussex April 2006 - page 2

On the Sunday of our Arundel weekend break we visited the historic Arundel Castle, touring both the castle and gardens.  In the afternoon we moved on to the nearby Arundel Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre, handily just down the road from the castle.  Contrasting with the previous day, it rained all day - bummer!
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Arundel Castle entrance
At the entrance to Arundel Castle on the Sunday of our weekend break we paid a pricey £12 for entry.  And we discovered they don't permit photos to be taken in the castle.  Not a promising start then!

Arundel Castle grounds
First impressions then, and the grounds of Arundel Castle were disappointing, maybe they'll look better later in the year when more flowers are in bloom.  No matter, time to move on and find refreshment in...

Arundel Castle Tea Garden
...the Tea Garden, which was closed!  Oh well, the gardens in this area weren't looking too great either.  Arundel Castle is yet another attraction where photography isn't allowed inside; it really annoys us when you pay more than the norm at attractions and then find they don't allow photos.

On the way up to the Keep at Arundel Castle in Sussex
This is the final bit on the way up to the Keep at the castle, a total of - well, a lot of steps!

At the top of the Keep in Arundel Castle
Well, you always take a picture like this after all those steps, don't you!  Arundel Castle's website in our UK tourist resources.  From the...

View from the Keep over the Sussex downland
...Keep a good view could be had of approaching armies in the olden days, here looking over the Sussex downland towards the River Arun.

Arundel Castle courtyard
Here's the inner courtyard at Arundel Castle on the way down from the Keep.  This area hasn't public access, yet looked far better kept than the dire castle gardens!  Best leave Arundel Castle and move...

Arundel Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre info boards and cafe
...just down the road to the Arundel Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre.  Our first stop here after paying the £7 entrance was lunch in the airy café, then we read the informative notices to see where to head first.

Entrance to the Wetlands Centre at Arundel
Getting in to the Wetlands Centre proved rather tortuous, this aggressive Swan was having none of it, it kept hissing and wouldn't let Belinda in!  However...

Start of the Discovery Trail at the Arundel Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre
...she managed to sneak past it and then we followed the excellent Discovery Trail learning about all the wonderful wildfowl as we went along.  The Wetlands Centre consists of many lakes, reedbeds and wooded areas where the wildlife can thrive in its natural habitat; despite the rain we were engrossed!

Studying the wildfowl leaflet at Arundel's Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre
Armed with the handy wildfowl leaflet, we worked our way round and tried to spot some of the 115 different species at Arundel Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre.

In the Hide at the Wetlands Centre
From the various Hides we could watch the wildlife without bothering them.  Here we fed them some of the wildfowl feed we purchased earlier.

Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre in Arundel: view from Ramsar Hide
This is the view from Ramsar Hide out onto the wetlands.  This Hide enables the ducks and birds to be observed with minimal disturbance.  Next we...

Boarding the boat for a cruise round the wetlands
...took the short boat cruise round the wetlands with a gened-up guide telling us all about the species as we passed them, but unfortunately we didn't pass many.

Wetlands cruise at Arundel
On the wetlands cruise that Arundel Castle kept popping up in the distance.  The Arundel Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre was well worth the visit, their website is in our UK tourist resources.  Our advice to Arundel visitors: concentrate on the worthwhile Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre rather than the castle.

More wildlife at Arundel's Wetlands Centre
Mike just couldn't resist chasing the birds
at Arundel's Wetlands Centre!
Roll on our next weekend short break!

Our better castle visits include: Carisbrooke Castle on Isle of Wight, Warwick & Sudeley, Lewes, Ludlow & Stokesay.
We've also visited the cute puffins of Skomer Island in Pembrokeshire.