The story of Midhurst begins before the 12th Century, when St Ann’s Castle was built – the foundations of which can still be seen. The name Midhurst is thought to derive from the Old English for ‘middle of wooded hill’, which is still relevant today with the town’s role as the centre of the South Downs National Park. Explore the town’s lanes and marvel at the uneven roofs of the Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa, first constructed in 1430 and where various members of the nobility have stayed. Explore the Cowdray Estate, home of the ruins of the tudor Cowdray House where Henry VIII and Elizabeth I are known to have stayed, and which has links to the gunpowder plot.

Midhurst Museum

The Midhurst Museum, possibly the smallest museum in the world, opened its doors in Knockhundred Market, Midhurst in December 2011 at the Christmas Street Party. At 8’ 6’’ by 8’ 6’’ space is limited so we change the theme of…

Moonlight Cottage Cocking and West Dean Woods Trail

A 7.5 mile circular walk from Cocking, West Sussex in the heart of the South Downs. The walking route heads south, climbing steeply to reach the South Downs Way and then follows this ridge-top path west to perform a circuit…

Stoughton Down- Kingley Vale

A 4.5 mile circular walk in a really picturesque part of the South Downs National Park. The walk begins in Stoughton Down before climbing high into the Kingley Vale Nature Reserve where the climb is rewarded with spectacular views both…

An image of people and a dog walking toward the Cowdray Ruins in Midhurst West Sussex, part of the Cowdray Estate

The ruins at Cowdray Estate, often referred to as Cowdray Castle, are the remains of one of the country’s most important Tudor houses

sheep in fields along the South Downs Way

The 160km South Downs Way runs right across the Chichester District, offering great walking and cycling opportunities.

A view of the pond at Weald & Downland Living Museum

Come and explore a fascinating collection of rescued rural buildings set in a beautiful 40-acre site within the South Downs National Park. Discover the stories of the people who lived and worked in them over a 1,000-year period ­ from…