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Historic Cowdray

Cowdray is one of England’s most important early Tudor houses.

This visitor attraction, visited by Queen Elizabeth I and King Henry VIII, was partially destroyed by fire in 1793. Its magnificent ruins are set in the stunning landscape of Cowdray Park, in the heart of the South Downs National Park.

It is open to visitors during the Summer months and will re-open again next Spring.  Group visits are welcomed throughout the year and if you are interested in setting up a visit please email

Renaissance Art Studio in the Tower Room at Cowdray Heritage

In recent months Lady Cowdray, an artist and sculptress herself, has overseen the refurbishment of the Tower Room into a magnificent Renaissance Art Studio. It is an amazing ancient hexagonal space, secreted away near the top of a romantic tower. Lady Cowdray is keen for others to share her passion for art.



Artist in Residence – David Cranswick

An Autumn programme of five-day workshops – themed around the Renaissance and led by Cowdray’s artist in-residence, David Cranswick, will be heavily inspired by the reborn art studio with its amazing views out across the 16,500 acre of the historic West Sussex Estate.

The Autumn Courses:

Renaissance Painting Workshop – the Flemish Technique of Painting in Egg Tempera and Oil: 16th-20th November.

Traditional Oil Painting Workshop – Classical Painting Techniques of the 16th & 17th Centuries: 30th November – 4th December.

The Alchemy of Colour – The Transformation of Earth, Rocks, Roots and Berries into Pigments: 7th-11th December.

Find out more

To book or for more information please contact David at: or call 07801 430194.

Alternatively call the Estate Office 01730 812423.

The Cowdray Heritage Trust is Heritage Lottery Funded

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