Midhurst is only 8 miles drive from Petworth. It’s a thriving country market town, a role it has filled for many centuries. You’ll find evidence of that all around you in a delightful mix of medieval, Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture.
HISTORY AND HERITAGE
Midhurst also has great historical social and political significance – Cowdray played host to both Queen Elizabeth I and King Henry VIII. Guy Fawkes once worked at Cowdray House. Partially destroyed by fire in 1793, the magnificent ruins now tower over the town’s water meadows and visitors can explore where Kings and Queens of England once stood.
WHAT’S ON - PLACES TO GO, THINGS TO DO
Discover events from around the area… everything from days out at the races and music festivals through to world-class polo championships, glorious gardens and French and Italian markets!
HEART OF THE SOUTH DOWNS NATIONAL PARK
Midhurst is proud to have the wonderful new South Downs National Park Visitor Centre and also makes the perfect base to get out and explore this beautiful landscape, by bicycle, foot or hoof unique heathland with wide horizons, rare birds, open chalkland and wild flowers galore. For some gentle outdoor activity, golf, clay pigeon shooting and fly fishing are all available within 5 minutes of the historic town centre.
SHOPPING & ACCOMMODATION
Midhurst is blessed with many individual shops and places to eat. From clothing and gifts to locally sourced produce and beauty treatments. A delightful range of welcoming places to stay are available both in and out of town, from luxury B&Bs and historic hotels to quaint country cottages.
NATIONAL TRUST WOOLBEDING GARDENS
Head out of Midhurst along the Rother Valley and through the parkland into the Woolbeding countryside where you can experience the wild commons and a myriad of wildlife, from Dartford warblers to dragonflies. At the heart of the estate lies a little-known horticultural jewel, Woolbeding Gardens, packed with floral borders and follies.
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