A view of shops in Midhurst, West Sussex
At the very heart of the South Downs National Park, the historic market town of Midhurst is a vibrant community with a profusion of independent boutiques, cafes and restaurants, housed in a mixture of Edwardian, Victorian and Georgian architecture.

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.

Discover more about Midhurst at the Visit Midhurst website by clicking here

Main photograph: Christopher Ison


Things to do in Midhurst

An image of a sculpture - part of the heathlands sculpture trail in South Downs National Park

The new Heathland Sculpture Trail in South Downs National Park is the perfect opportunity to get into the great outdoors and appreciate the changing of the seasons. Seven intricate sculptures are located across different heathland sites within the park, with…

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

Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the South Downs National Park with a choice of routes around Midhurst, Easebourne, and Woolbeding. Choose to explore the River Rother Walk (2.8 miles), the Cowdray Ruins and St Ann’s Hill (1.1 miles) or Woolbeding…


Events in Midhurst


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…

Our Favourite

Midhurst Eateries


Fitzcane’s Cafe sits in the heart of beautiful Midhurst, nestled in the centre of the South Downs National Park. We are ideally located next to North Street car park where you can enjoy the first hour of parking free of…

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…


Midhurst Gallery