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Address: River Ground Stables | Cowdray Park, Easebourne, England
Phone Number: +44 1730 810781

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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Lovely castle

Although closed in winter, it's still well worth a visit. Free to visit and you can still see virtually everything by walking around the outside. Best to park either In the pay... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed March 15, 2016
Derek E
Gosport, United Kingdom
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Midhurst, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016

My daughter got married earlier this year in the gardens behind the ruins. Lots of the photos were taken in the ruins . Steeped in history and worth a visit. Events are held throughout the year where you can the get access to the ruins, the kitchen us in good shape and worth a look around. You can walk around... More 

Thank Anne C
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016

The ruins do look genuinely impressive, but when we arrived on a Saturday afternoon in May, nothing was open, and there was nothing to do at the location apart from take a few pictures and head back to the car. I've seen more leaflets and display boards in a Foresty Commission car park than at the ruins of a great... More 

Thank Gothnak
Suffolk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016 via mobile

We came here and were disappointed to hear that the castle was closed and only open at the weekend. However we got talking to one of the lovely ladies (both really nice) and because we were only there for the day they allowed us to go and look. It is really well worth seeing the gist for this attraction is... More 

Thank Lesley N
United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

A must visit for anyone passing through West Sussex, along with a walk in the parks and then coffee or lunch at the Cowdrey Farm Shop Café!

Thank nomadwithpen
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63 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

I have lived in the area for over 30 years and am ashamed to say I have never visited this until today. Walked along from the farm shop to discover it was the last day it is open this season (very sad); the ladies were a delight and so enthusiastic, the audio guides were brilliant as we're all the highly... More 

Thank magwaqone
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107 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

We parked in a nearby car park in the town centre (40p for 2 hours) and walked a few minutes across the field. Entrance was £16 for 4 of us which included an audio guide. Despite being a ruin you really appreciate the scale of the place. There is a video presentation to watch and the Tudor kitchen is in... More 

Thank Stuart C
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

If you have time, go here but look up opening times as when we got there it was closed but we did manage to walk around it, dont think I would pay to go in to see it as not much to see inside.

Thank Vebs32
Gosport, United Kingdom
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380 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2016 via mobile

Although closed in winter, it's still well worth a visit. Free to visit and you can still see virtually everything by walking around the outside. Best to park either In the pay and display car park on the edge of the town, or for free on the high street than walk over.

Thank Derek E
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank Rui S
Durban, South Africa
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169 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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