Make your way to Midhurst
Voted one of the best places to live by The Sunday Times, Midhurst is a thriving country market town in West Sussex, a short drive north from Chichester. Steeped in history, Midhurst has great historical social and political significance – Cowdray played host to both Queen Elizabeth I and King Henry VIII. Guy Fawkes once worked at the house, which later caused the Montague Family to be implicated in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
Today Midhurst attracts holiday makers and day-trippers for its beautiful architecture, thriving community and great location within the South Downs. There’s lots to see and do. The Town Trail is a great way to see some highlights. Discover an even older side to the town – starting on St Ann’s Hill. First an Iron Age fort, then a centre of pagan worship, a Norman castle and finally a 12th century fortified house, this was the core around which modern Midhurst developed.
Thanks to HG Wells, Anya Seton and Ruth Rendell, the walk around town can also lead you into different worlds – just imagine yourself as The Invisible Man, a Tudor heroine or even the great Inspector Wexford!
A beautiful estate to walk around and see the ruins of the old manor house. The estate offers lots of activities from golf, to clay Pidgeon shooting. Not forgetting of course polo! Cowdray Park Polo Club is recognised worldwide as the home of British polo. The season lasts from late April until September and the highlight is the Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship, held through June-July.
Get into the South Downs
The town is ideally located for access to the South Downs. Walk, cycle or ride through the beautiful landscape and return to Midhurst for an excellent nights’ sleep in one of its hotels or B&Bs.
Shop and stop for lunch
Midhurst has some wonderful shops, including a lovely range of independent retailers. The high street offers everything from women’s fashion to antiques, as well as a traditional village market on some weekend.
For more information visit the Visit Midhurst website, full of ideas of what to see as well as event listings.