Step aboard the iconic British Pullman train at London Victoria Station. Your livered steward is on hand to escort you to your plush seat. Take time to admire your carriage’s art deco details as you sip a sparkling Bellini. A three-course brunch is served at your elegant table, set with crisp white linen and bespoke glassware. Through your window you can admire the changing scenery as the train makes its stately way to Chichester. Alight at Chichester Station where your guide accompanies you on the short transfer to Fishbourne. Enjoy an hour or so exploring the lavish Roman residence and its splendid gardens. Marvel at more than 20 exquisite mosaics and discover excavated objects, such as a sculpted marble head believed to be that of a young Emperor Nero. Return to the coach for the trip to Arundel Castle, which sits high on a hill overlooking the South Downs. Explore the medieval fortress at your own pace. Admire rich tapestries, heraldic stained glass, rare paintings by Van Dyck, Gainsborough and Canaletto, and one of the finest Regency libraries in the world. Wander around the breathtaking grounds, offering everything from the contemporary rose garden to Italianate terraces. You can also step into the picturesque town to explore the antique shops and vibrant art galleries. Transfer back to Chichester Station and rejoin the gleaming carriages of Belmond British Pullman. Settle back into your seat and savour a refreshing glass of chilled champagne. Before long you’ll be indulging in a three-course dinner with fine wines on your journey back to London. Trade stories with your travel companions, and reflect on your unforgettable day.
Dating back to the 11th century, Arundel Castle has a fascinating history. It was originally built by William the Conqueror in anticipation of a French invasion and to guard the mouth of the river Arun.
In the years that followed, it has been occupied by Henry I, Henry II and Richard I before becoming the home to the Dukes of Norfolk for more than 800 years. Today the castle is a spellbinding setting for all sorts of social events, from classic car shows and living history displays to pivotal cricket fixtures.
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