The town is watched over by the Cowdray Ruins, one of England’s most important Tudor houses, which played host to Elizabeth I and Henry VIII and had links to the Gunpowder Plot. The ruins lie adjacent to the infamous lawns of Cowdray Park, where the British Open Polo Championship’s Gold Cup is played each summer, drawing a glamourous crowd of international guests and famous faces.
Midhurst’s location amidst the rolling downs makes it an excellent starting point for many walking and cycling trails such as the South Downs Way and the Serpent Trail, and to explore the heathland and open chalkland of the South Downs National Park. Visitors rave about the abundance of locally produced wines, ales, chocolate and more, which can be sourced in the town’s many specialist shops. Each August, the town’s Madhurst festival is a month-long celebration of art, music, drama and creativity.
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Main photograph: Christopher Ison