A view of shops in Midhurst, West Sussex

Voted as one of the best places to live in the UK by the Sunday Times, the quintessentially English market town of Midhurst, West Sussex, has heaps to offer locals and visitors alike.

Where is Midhurst?

Nestled in the heart of the South Downs National Park, just 12 miles from Chichester, Midhurst is steeped in history from all eras. Coupled with an abundance of independent shops, cafes and restaurants – more, in fact, than any other Sussex town – it’s easy to see why this magnificent market town draws such a rating.

With a medieval Market Square, stunning Tudor buildings and delightful mix of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture, Midhurst is quite predictably, postcard perfect. But the best kept secrets go far beyond that of any typical market town. With links to Queen Elizabeth I, Henry VIII and Guy Fawkes, as well as being the home of horology (the craft of making clocks and watches) and literary legend H.G. Wells, there’s plenty to be uncovered.

Cowdray Park

The iconic Cowdray Heritage – the ruins of one of England’s most important early Tudor houses – sits at the top of Midhurst and has played a significant role in British history until now. Nuzzled between a secret walled garden and the famous ‘lawns’ of Cowdray Park, where polo players gather for the British Open Polo Championships Gold Cup every summer, it’s no surprise that this area – known locally as Cowdray Park – is one of the town’s biggest draws.

Things to do

Midhurst also has a booming scene of local talent waiting to welcome visitors. From local wine and ale producers to chocolate and soap makers, Midhurst is as relevant today as it was in times gone by. Visitors in August can even immerse themselves in the revelry of MADhurst (the Midhurst Music, Arts and Drama Festival), a month of entertainment covering everything from classical music, swing, folk and rock to dance shows, comedy acts, markets and carnival processions, while regular markets and community events take place year-round.

South Downs National Park

For those who are, rightly so, using the town as a base to explore the delights of the National Park, the range of outdoor activities on offer is endless. From golf, clay pigeon shooting, fly fishing and horse riding to polo, walking, trekking and cycling, Midhurst really does have it all.

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Main photograph: Christopher Ison

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Things to do in Midhurst

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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…

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

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Events in Midhurst

PEDAL, PIZZA & A PINT August 27th 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Langham Brewery and their friends at off-road adventure company Pedal & Pace, are offering a two hour guided mountain bike ride around the wonderful local area, along the best quiet trails which offer stunning views, followed by delicious pizza and…

An image showing a bike and van PEDAL, PIZZA & A PINT August 28th 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Langham Brewery and their friends at off-road adventure company Pedal & Pace, are offering a two hour guided mountain bike ride around the wonderful local area, along the best quiet trails which offer stunning views, followed by delicious pizza and…

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Places to Stay in Midhurst

Exterior of The Elsted Inn

We’ve had such a fun and interesting time developing the foundations of our growing business. Now entering our third year, we’re really excited to start making a real impact – providing a community hub, a relaxed holiday venue, and an…

Dining area at Cowdry Cottages

Nestled behind Benbow Pond are four luxury holiday cottages with an extensive range of outdoor pursuits and leisure activities on the doorstep, along with a myriad of footpaths. Perfect for couples and families, the Cottages lend themselves to a long…

Single room at Lavender Row

Lavender Row Cottage offers self-catering accommodation to up to 5 guests in Stedham, near Midhurst. A quirky cottage, full of character, Lavender Row is tucked down a quiet lane in the picturesque village of Stedham. Only 5 minutes away is…

Double room at Moonlight Cottage

Relax and re-couperate at Moonlight Cottage. Whether you are touring the area, journeying along the South Downs Way or visiting friends and relatives, we have the ideal accommodation to suit your needs. Moonlight Cottage is a charming flint and brick…

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Midhurst Eateries

Fresh bread at Cowdry Farm Shop

Located at the heart of The Estate is the award-winning Cowdray Farm Shop. With a passion for locally sourced produce, we pride ourselves on our varied selection of the freshest seasonal fruit and vegetables and the extensive range of meats…

Dining area at The Welldiggers Arms

We’re a true country pub, serving local real ales, spirits and cider as well as fresh, locally-sourced British cuisine. Our spacious dining area features large picture windows overlooking a beautiful coppice and the rolling South Downs, and an open kitchen…

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