Arundel Castle at tulip time and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
Set high on a hill in West Sussex, this great castle commands the landscape with magnificent views across the South Downs and the River Arun. Founded at the end of the 11th century, it has been the family home of the Dukes of Norfolk and their ancestors for nearly 1,000 years.
Until early May Arundel Castle is the place for tulip enthusiasts. We shall be treated to the sight of 100,000 tulips blooming in the castle’s stunning gardens, providing us with one of the most impressive displays in the country. A wide range of varieties, 120 of which are named, will be in flower, creating an explosion of colour throughout the extensive gardens.
Our ticket includes entry to the castle where you will also find a coffee shop and a restaurant where a light lunch may be obtained. You may, however, decide to bring a packed lunch.
We aim to be back on the coach by 2pm to make our way to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Centre. This 65-acre haven for wildlife teems with biodiversity, providing homes for many endangered species, and is part of our natural infrastructure. Because of avian flu everyone has to walk over a disinfectant mat before entering and some areas may be cordoned off.
We can take advantage of a guided half-hour boat safari (£3) or just wander through the level tarmac paths and lovely boardwalks where you will find several hides. There is a riverside café overlooking the beautiful River Arun where refreshments can be obtained. We plan to leave for home at about 4.30pm.
|Coach departure places and times|
|9.15am||Brockham Middle Street near junction with Oakdene Road|
|9.25am||Dorking outside Dorking Halls|
|9.30am||Dorking opposite Waitrose|
|9.35am||Dorking Knoll Road bus stop (on Horsham Road between Harrow Road East and Tower Hill Road)|
Bookings are no longer available for this event.