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Address: River Ground Stables | Cowdray Park, Easebourne, England
Phone Number: 01730 810781
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Cowdray is one of England’s most important early Tudor houses. This visitor...

Cowdray is 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.

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Closed in winter

Although it is closed on winter, it is still worth a visit. There are two parking lots in Midhurst, the first two hours are free, and the recommended walk around the town, Cowdray... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 29, 2015
Rui S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015 via mobile

Although it is closed on winter, it is still worth a visit. There are two parking lots in Midhurst, the first two hours are free, and the recommended walk around the town, Cowdray and the Norman castle takes less than that.

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Thank Rui S
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015 via mobile

The castle is very nice ruins there are other ruins nearby too Cowdray estate both are very nice midhurst is s gorgeous place

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Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

We spotted the castle while driving through Midhurst so turned around and and went back to the parking in the town (which was free). The castle is visible and stand out imposing itself across the fields. We strolled across the field following the path. You can imagine that this shell was splendid in its time. A lot of the facade... More 

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Caterham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Cowdray Castle is no longer and now it is ruins because it was partially destroyed by fire in 1793. Then again it never was really a Castle but a Tudor Courtier's Estate where Elisabeth I stayed for a visit. Guy Fawkes used to work at the house as a footman before he ran off to London with the intention to... More 

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Thank Christie9
Hindhead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Cowdray is next in importance to Hampton Court as a Tudor House although sadly most of it is a ruin following a devastating fire in 1793. However much remains to be seen especially the kitchen and tower. The site goes back some 800 years but in its heyday was host to Henry VIII and Elizabeth 1. This house is of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The ruins of courtesy castle was a great place of historic importance and photograph well. The castle is not open until March but you can get a good view and a view from St Ann's hill. Only a few minutes walk from the town of midhurst

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Crawley, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Scenic ruins with good dog walks nearby and café. Also skirts the polo lawns so can be busy. Otherwise a great and free visit with our dogs enjoying the river.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Only open between April to Oct ?? for a walk around.. however a gorgeous backdrop for a winters walk around the grounds.

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Midhurst, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Not much to see inside the ruins than you. Can see outside and it costs money. A beautiful place to visit for the circular walk from midhurst. Stop at the cowdray coffee shop and farm shop to browse and refresh yourself. Great walk with a dog. Visit midhurst for a pretty town with interesting shops.

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CowdrayHeritage, General Manager at Cowdray Castle, responded to this review

I'm glad that you enjoyed your walk around the ruins. Although we aren't open very often there is plenty to see inside, including the vaulted wine cellar, the beautiful 18th century plasterwork in the chapel and one of the country's few remaining authentic Tudor kitchens preserved in anything like its original condition. You can also climb the spiral staircase to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

An Elizabethan house burnt down in 1796 it remains an impressive ruin with enough standing to show what it origionally looked like. Limited opening but worth visiting, it stand impressively by the edge of Midhurst, near the car park

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