The Town Hall
An historical venue perfect for your event
Arundel is a beautiful medieval market town known for its magical castle which stands majestically on its hill top. The Town Hall itself was built in 1836 by the 12th Duke of Norfolk and designed by Robert Abraham. Originally the site was south of Market Square, at the end of Market Street, now Maltravers Street, and close to where the old court house stood.
The building has an attractive flint and sandstone façade with arches and flanking towers in Norman style. The Atherley Chamber is a large upstairs room that was used as a ballroom, for concerts and other similar events. The basement had three cells, which from 1844 were used by the county police force,
it also housed the town fire engines.
The Holmes Chamber was added in 1957 to commemorate the Holmes family who served as Mayors and Town Clerks for 200 years. This is where the current Arundel Town Council meet.
A stunning and dramatic entrance to Hall
Featuring gothic archways, a flagstone floor and stone pillars; the lofty Norman style vaulted ceilings make for a dramatic entrance. It is a wonderful arrival point where guests can gather prior to your civil ceremony or it can be glamorous bar area for your reception.
If the weather is unsuitable for photographs to be taken on the terrace, the Foyer also makes impressive backdrop for your photographs.
The Atherley Chamber
Magnificent, romantic and historic
The sweeping stone staircase creates a dramatic entrance to this Georgian chamber.
Highlights include gold painted cornices, with imposing hand crafted gothic doorways, this elegant room also has large south facing windows providing a wonderful light airy feel and panoramic views over the terrace to water meadows and the sea beyond.
On the walls are a fine collection of portraits of past Mayors of Arundel and early Victorian landscapes.
In the centre of the room is a large Gas Chandelier, presented in 1861 by Lord Edward Howard, MP for the Borough of Arundel to Mr Robert Garwood, the serving Mayor at the time. It is believed to be one of the last working Gas Chandeliers in Europe.
If you choose to have Full Exclusive use of the Town Hall for your Wedding; whilst you and your guests have celebratory drinks on the Terrace or Foyer, the
Atherley Chamber will be transformed by your caterers into an impressive and striking Banqueting Hall for your Wedding Breakfast.
Spectacular vistas for drinks
Leading from the Atherley Chamber, this large terrace provides stunning views the historic Town centre, the Castle and beyond.
It is ideal for reception drinks and photographs with your guests.
Canapés can be served as your guests mingle and greet the newly wed couple.
Perfect for dancing the night away
The room was built and presented to the people of Arundel in 1957 by Lillian May Holmes, in memory of her husband Arthur Holmes, and to commerate over 200 years of civic service to Arundel by his family.
The Chamber has a raised dais, which lends itself perfectly to either civil ceremonies or for musical entertainment.
The Borough Crest is mounted on the South wall featuring a carved oval plaque with swallow, knights helmut and leaf scrolls together with the motto “antiqua constans virtue” which means “Constance in Virtue since Ancient Times”.
This room is air-conditioned.