Brighton & Arundel Castle | 10 hrs
Prince Regent, later George IV, changed Brighton for ever – from a small fishing village to a fashionable seaside resort with his onion domed Pavilion, sumptuously furnished in Chinoiserie and Indian styles. Browse among ‘the Lanes’, once the haunt of thieves, now a maze of antique shops, cafes and restaurants.
A few miles away is Arundel Castle, home of the Dukes of Norfolk. Reassuringly solid, its medieval, turreted walls protect a lavishly refurbished interior. Souvenirs of Mary Queen of Scots are side by side with Van Dycks and other Old Master paintings. Arundel town has excellent antique shops.