Cowdray Heritage

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

Saturday 16th December

Christmas Talk at Cowdray Ruins

Join Paul Ullson from Raven Tor Living History Group in the historic kitchen at Cowdray Ruins and find out how people of the past celebrated Christmas, from Medieval to Georgian times, including what their traditions were and what they ate on Christmas day.

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 film location

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 Cowdray Heritage Trust is a charity registered in England and Wales (1071069) and a Limited Company (03472093) Registered office address: Cowdray Estate Office, Cowdray Park, Midhurst, West Sussex GU29 0AQ

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