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Last updated: 01 December, 2022

Staying at Amberley Castle is rather like appearing in your very own version of Shakespeare in Love.

The castle dates back over 900 years and the beamed bedrooms, suits of armour in the dining room, gleaming wood panelling and ornate tapestries all create a feeling of stepping back in time.

Happily, beneath the historic decor lies a smoothly-run 21st-century hotel, with Michelin-esque dining and staff who achieve that tricky mix of informality and absolute professionalism.

It’s a wonderfully romantic retreat – surrounded by the tranquil landscapes of the Sussex South Downs – although worth bearing in mind there is no spa or pool.

Surrounding area

The Castle is in the charming small village of Amberley; little more than a cluster of houses and a tea room on the banks of the river Arun.

Tranquil and unspoilt, the Downs offer fantastic walking potential, and the beautiful town of Arundel – with its spectacular Norman Castle – is a short drive away.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Arundel Castle

Arundel, West Sussex , United Kingdom (UK)[5.9 miles]

Home to 1,000 years of history, Arundel Castle is one of the most picturesque in England. Home to the Dukes of Norfolk for over 850 years, the castle houses a fine collection of art.

Best for ages: 10+ | £20

Goodwood Revival

Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom (UK)[15.8 miles]

The only historic motorsport celebration in the world entirely in vintage dress, the Revival is a three-day dip into racing’s glamorous past.

Best for ages: 6+ | £45 | 3 days

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