Attractions & activities

Heritage and Gardens

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Tour magnificent historic buildings (and their surrounding grounds) including Petworth House, Arundel Castle, Chichester Cathedral, Goodwood House and Stansted House or be inspired by the amazing gardens at West Dean.

Travel through culture, time and space

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Discover the many specialist museums and galleries the South Downs has to offer, including Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Fishbourne Roman Palace, Pallant House Gallery of 20th Century Art, Cass Sculpture Foundation, Tangmere Military Aviation Museum and South Downs Planetarium.

Catch one of Chichester Festival Theatre’s world-class productions in their newly refurbished theatre.

Or to discover more local history via our fascinating Sussex folklore – see map.

Outstanding Coastline

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For a change in scenery, why not explore our magnificent coastline? Take to a boat to discover the delights of Chichester Harbour or investigate the RSPB nature reserves around Wittering, Selsey and Bracklesham Bay.

Horses and Horsepower

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Thrill at the thunder of hooves, the roar of engines and incredible aerial displays at one of Goodwood’s many internationally-renowned events. There’s the Festival of Speed, Goodwood Revival and Glorious Goodwood to name just a few.

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Towns

Petworth

Head to Petworth and delight in Petworth House’s outstanding collection of Old Masters, then wander around the glorious gardens and the Deer Park before discovering the many antique shops and independent retailers for which Petworth is so well-known. The property also hosts regular events and activities for adults and children alike.

The town is also home to many independent retailers, food businesses and cafés and there’s a lively cultural scene too. The Petworth Festival in mid-summer which offers a wealth of events and the Literary Festival in November is a must for book-lovers.

Chichester

The City of Chichester, shaped by its unique heritage, is made for exploring. Blending old and new, Chichester offers an enticing mix of designer label boutiques, high street shopping, renowned art galleries and stylish restaurants and contemporary cafes.

Arundel

Nearby Arundel, with its impressive medieval castle and delightful riverside pubs makes for another fascinating day-trip. Its mix of art galleries, restaurants, independent shops and country leisure pursuits, creates a chic, historic town set to please all ages.

Villages

Take a turning off the main roads and explore the road-less-travelled!

Cocking

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Home to an internationally recognised sawmill, The Bluebell Inn, a delightful village shop and a tempting tearoom.

Lodsworth

Awards abound in Lodsworth! You’ll find an award-winning independent brewery alongside a delicious authentic Italian bakery, as well as award-winning village stores.

Milland

Discover another award-winning pub and a great, community-run, village shop and café.

Graffham

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A gorgeous village, right at the foot of the downs. Make it your starting point for a day’s walking and reward yourself with a drink in the pub afterwards!

Stedham & Iping

Discover the tranquillity of the riverside walk and marvel at the hollow yew tree in the Stedham churchyard. Stedham is also home to a Thai restaurant and a garden centre with a delightful café. Both villages have beautiful stone bridges across the River Rother and Iping was the setting for the start of HG Wells’ ‘The Invisible Man’!

Walks, trails & cycle routes

South Downs Way

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The South Downs Way is one of 15 National Trails in England and Wales and was the first bridleway National Trail in England. It is also the only National Trail to lie entirely within a National Park. Click here for more information.

Serpent Trail

The name of the trail reflects the serpentine shape of the route which snakes for 64 miles (108km) through the beautiful heathland of West Sussex. Click here for more details about this route.

Woolbeding Walk

Woolbeding Estate is a hidden countryside gem, just outside Midhurst. The Woolbeding Walk starts in the heart of the town and takes in the beauty of Woolbeding Parkland. Follow the River Rother, edged with ancient trees, pass a plantation of whispering poplars and hear the sounds of the weir before returning to Midhurst’s main street.

Local cycle routes

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There’s a cycle route to suit everyone round Midhurst! Choose from gently cycling down countryside lanes through to challenging mountain bike routes. Find out about routes here.

Things to do and see

Heritage and Gardens
  • Arundel Castle
  • Chichester Cathedral
  • Petworth House
  • Stansted House
  • Uppark House
  • West Dean House & Gardens
Travels through culture, time and space
  • Cass Sculpture Foundation
  • Fishbourne Roman Palace
  • Pallant House Gallery of 20th Century Art
  • Weald & Downland Open Air Museum
Outstanding Coastline
  • Chichester Harbour
  • RSPB Nature Reserves – Wittering, Selsey and Bracklesham Bay
Horses and Horsepower
  • Cowdray Park Polo
  • Goodwood – Festival of Speed, Glorious Goodwood, Goodwood Revival

Upperton Vineyards

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Upperton Vineyards have some of the most spectacular views of the South Downs, so come and discover one of the world’s most exciting new wine regions, the South of England.

01798 343695 | info@uppertonvineyards.co.uk | Tillington, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0RD

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Weald & Downland Open Air Museum

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Come and discover traditional buildings in a rural landscape that tell the story of the men, women and children who lived and worked in them over a 600-year period.

01243 811348 | office@wealddown.co.uk | Singleton, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0EU

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Maps

Explore on foot, by bike or by car…

Midhurst town map
The wider area
Cycling routes
South downs
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