Midhurst has been voted as one of the best places to live in the UK by the Sunday Times and it’s easy to see why. But if you can’t move here, you really must pay a visit...
Nestled in the heart of South Downs National Park, the vibrant historic market town of Midhurst is a haven for those looking to step away from the hustle and bustle of the City, while still being close to their creature comforts.
Located just 12 miles from Chichester, Midhurst is home to an abundance of independent shops, cafes and restaurants. More, in fact, than any other Sussex town. Combine this with its medieval Market Square, stunning Tudor buildings and delightful mix of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture, it’s easy to see why Midhurst draws such a rating.
The craft of horology (making clocks and watches) started here as early as the 1700’s and can still be seen today. But it’s not just this, nor the up and coming local wine, ale and chocolate that are the only hit with locals and visitors alike. Cowdray Ruins - one of England’s most important early Tudor houses - sits at the top of the town and has played a significant role in British history, with visits from Queen Elizabeth Iand King Henry VIII, and links to Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot.
The ruins lay between a secluded walled garden (one of the towns best kept secrets!) and the famous ‘lawns’ at Cowdray Park, home of the world-famous Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship since 1956. The polo draws in international crowds, along with a healthy dose of glamour, during the summer months.
Outdoor pursuits abound, with golf and clay pigeon shooting and for walkers and cyclists, routes such as the South Downs Way and Serpentine Trail provide a perfect vantage point from which to take in the breathtaking scenery of the South Downs. It’s true to say that Midhurst really is the heart of the South Downs National Park.