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Where to stay:

• Am­ber­ley Cas­tle fur­ther in­land up the Arun and once also owned by the Nor­folks. It was once even the Duke of Nor­folk’s backup cas­tle when Arun­del was be­ing re­stored and is to­day a lux­ury ho­tel owned by the Andrew Brownsword group. Church St, Am­ber­ley, 01798 831992, am­ber­l­ey­cas­tle.co.uk

Bram­ber’s Cas­tle Ho­tel Inn is not just the home of good food and great Sus­sex beer, but also a place for those vis­it­ing Bram­ber Cas­tle to base them­selves in overnight. The Street, Bram­ber, Steyn­ing, 01903 812102, castleinnho­tel.co.uk

• Cas­tle Gor­ing the ru­ral Wor­thing home of I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here’s Lady ‘C’ Colin Camp­bell. This grade I listed build­ing is half cas­tle, with its Gothic cas­tle façade fac­ing north and its south pal­la­dian Gre­coRo­man façade fac­ing south, mak­ing it the first dual-façade house ever built. Should you be miss­ing Arun­del Cas­tle, then you’ll be glad that Cas­tle Gor­ing’s north fa­cade was said to be an at­tempt to re­pro­duce its grandeur. Arun­del Rd, Ang­mer­ing, Wor­thing, 01903 790254, castle­gor­ing.com

Where to eat and drink:

Arun­del Brew­ery, based nearby in Ford Air­field In­dus­trial Es­tate, can be vis­ited dur­ing evenings, or in­stead you can pop into the Arun­del Brew­ery shop which is at No.1 Quay House in River Road in the town it­self. arun­del­brew­ery.co.uk

The Ge­orge pub, which was bought by the vil­lage of Bur­pham, now has a range of mouth-wa­ter­ing meals, not to men­tion Sus­sex’ finest beer, brewed at nearby West Chilt­ing­ton’s Grey­hound Brew­ery. Their Am­ber Eyes ale is a nec­tar worth vis­it­ing Sus­sex for alone! Bur­pham is also the site of King Al­fred’s ear­lier burh (mil­i­tary strong­hold) across the Arun - a mil­i­tary site even older than Arun­del (although it is likely the Nor­mans used an ex­ist­ing mil­i­tary site in Arun­del as they did else­where). georgeat­bur­pham.co.uk

River­side Brew­ery in Up­per Beed­ing is based next to the Sus­sex river as you jour­ney east, the Adur. The Adur, pre­vi­ously known as Bram­ber Wa­ter and the less-at­trac­tively named Soare, once lapped up against the Nor­man Bram­ber Cas­tle, which is far more ru­ined than Arun­del but equally well-sited for enchanting views and free to en­ter. river­side­brew­eryltd.co.uk

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