Cowdray Park


Cowdray is a Historic Tudor House in Midhurst, West Sussex and one of England’s most important early Tudor houses.

This visitor attraction, visited by Queen Elizabeth I and King Henry VIII, was partially destroyed by fire in 1793. Its magnificent ruins are set in the stunning landscape of Cowdray Park, in the heart of the South Downs National Park.

Cowdray plays host to special events throughout the season, including outdoor theatre and period re-enactments. The Cowdray audio tour is recommended for visitors and we also have a popular special children’s version of the audio tour.


With a long and illustrious history, Cowdray Park is recognised as the Home of British Polo.

Viscount Cowdray’s 16,500 acre estate is situated in the South Downs National Park of West Sussex and the game of polo has been played on the estate for 100 years, with the first competitive tournaments being recorded in 1910. Today approximately 450 matches are played each season, with the highlight being the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup for the British Open Championships and we welcome spectators throughout the season.


Golf has been played on the scenic Cowdray Park Golf Club course for well over a century. Its combination of sandy soil with the latest in irrigation and sprinkler systems, means superb conditions can be maintained even in wet weather. Cowdray Park Golf Club celebrated its 100th birthday in 2004. The club is a proprietory business, owned by the Viscount Cowdray, and its core aim is to combine excellent facilities with friendly service and a warm welcome to all.