Cowdray Heritage

The magnificent Cowdray Heritage Ruins are set in the stunning landscape of Cowdray Park.

The Cowdray Heritage Ruins are one of England’s most important early Tudor houses and Cowdray is known to have been visited by both King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I. In September 1793, whilst undergoing repairs and refurbishments for the impending marriage of the 8th Viscount Montague, a devastating fire took hold and most of the property was destroyed. The Kitchen Tower is the only part of the mansion to remain intact.

Cowdray Ruins is currently closed for general visits however, we look forward to welcoming you to one of our Heritage Events or guided tours, please check here for the latest information. 

These events allow an unexpected peek into life as a Tudor on the Cowdray Estate and provide entertainment for the whole family.

Family Fun

Halloween at Cowdray Ruins

Enjoy a fun experience for the whole family at the historic Cowdray Ruins this Halloween. Step back in time with our Knights in Armour, visit the birds of prey, listen to some spooky stories and follow the Jackdaw Trail around the mysterious Walled Garden.

The History of the Ruins

Since 1793 it largely remained untouched however the 1st Viscount Cowdray commissioned a restoration project between 1909-1914 when St John Hope was asked to report on Cowdray, Easebourne Priory and St Anne’s Hill.

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Cowdray Heritage Ruins

Photoshoots & Filming

Cowdray Heritage welcomes film crews to the Tudor Kitchen. The main area of the site is not currently unavailable for filming.

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Whistle Stop tour of Cowdray Ruins


Please note that drones, UAVs, model planes and helicopters are not permitted into, or allowed to be used in or over the Heritage site and environs.

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The Tower Room

Viscountess 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. Viscountess Cowdray is keen for others to share her passion for art

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