What to do and see in Midhurst, United Kingdom (UK): The Best Places and Tips

December 25, 2017 Roger Rusk

Midhurst (pronounced /ˈmɪd.hɜːrst/, or in the Sussex dialect: Medhas /ˈmɛd.həs/) is a market town and civil parish in West Sussex, England. It lies on the River Rother 20 miles inland from the English Channel, and 12 miles north of the county town of Chichester.
Restaurants in Midhurst

1. Woolbeding Gardens

National Trust . | Grange Community Centre Car Park, Woolbeding, Midhurst GU29 9RR, England +44 344 249 1895
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4.5 based on 80 reviews

Woolbeding Gardens

A beautiful 20th-century masterpiece featuring colourful borders, a landscape garden and a collection of follies Woolbeding is a modern garden of two halves, with the colour-themed garden rooms surrounding the house, plus a landscape garden. A gentle stroll over the open pasture land provides views of the River Rother and leads to the ruined abbey and on to the Chinese-style bridge and waterfall. Please note that all visits to the Gardens must be pre-booked and can be pre-booked online or by telephone.

Reviewed By hampshiresparrowhawk - Overton, United Kingdom

Woolbeding is an absolute gem and well worth seeking out on one of its limited open days. We walked here from Stedham, along the river, although I believe most people catch the NT minibus from Midhurst. The Gardens are stunning, full of interesting plants, beautifully put together in a number of 'rooms' and full of ideas for your own garden. There is also an extensive 'pleasure garden', set around a lake, complete with follies and statues - really lovely. The cafe is very good for a light, Sandwich lunch. We also enjoyed the introductory talk by an NT volunteer.
The only downside is that for some reason the NT allow people to picnic right in the middle of the lawn - and also allow ball games. I find this extraordinary in such an intimate and quiet garden - after all, there are plenty of other places where children can play ball - why allow it here ? This shouldn't stop you visiting this wonderful place - I just wish the Trust would do something about it .

2. Cowdray Castle

River Ground Stables Cowdray Ruins | Cowdray Park, Easebourne GU29 9AL, England +44 1730 810781
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4 based on 44 reviews

Cowdray Castle

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. Open during the summer months.

Reviewed By Gothnak - Guildford

The ruins do look genuinely impressive, but when we arrived on a Saturday afternoon in May, nothing was open, and there was nothing to do at the location apart from take a few pictures and head back to the car.
I've seen more leaflets and display boards in a Foresty Commission car park than at the ruins of a great house, so all in all not really worth a visit when it isn't the right time of year.

3. Weald & Downland Living Museum

Town Lane, Singleton, Chichester PO18 0EU, England +44 1243 811363
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4.5 based on 999 reviews

Weald & Downland Living Museum

Come and discover rescued rural buildings set in a beautiful landscape, which tell the stories of the people who lived and worked in them over 1,000 years. Explore our 40-acre site and visit our collection – we have more than 50 historic buildings, from a replica Anglo-Saxon hall house to an Edwardian tin church. Enjoy a regular programme of demonstrations, including milling in our 17th century watermill; cooking in our Tudor kitchen; blacksmithing in our Victorian smithy; plus seasonal demonstrations. Take a walk in the woods, bring the dog (we are dog friendly), visit our waterside cafe or enjoy your own picnic. We currently have three new exhibit buildings under construction: a dairy and bakehouse, near the watermill, plus a late 18th century barn and early 19th century stable known as May Day Farm. Need a new hobby or a new skill? Try our day courses in traditional rural trades and crafts or historic building conservation.

Reviewed By Sarah D - Southampton, United Kingdom

My children (4 and 6) loved visiting here yesterday. Lots of great houses to explore and during half term there were lots of free crafty activities to keep them entertained.

4. Petworth House and Park

Petworth House Church Street, Petworth GU28 0AE, England +44 1798 342207
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4 based on 1 reviews

Petworth House and Park

Step inside the imposing 17th-century mansion and discover a treasure house filled with an internationally important art and sculpture collection.

Reviewed By Rektikano - London

Yikes - they extract every last penny from the unsuspecting visitor. Pay handsomely for the parking, pay through the nose for a family ticket - we were down over £75 before we had cleared the main gate. We saw members with National Trust cards waiting for ages to have their cards scanned. Once in, it’s stupendous, but we left our good will at the door. Café is a horror show - limited, unappetising menu (hot food limited to soup, jacket spuds or ... onion baji), people trying to grab spare tables. Forget about membership (you still have to queue and there are hardly any other NT houses in the area) and just enjoy the fabulous parkland. Bring a picnic!

5. Hollycombe Steam Collection

Iron Hill Hollycombe, Liphook GU30 7LP, England +44 1428 724900
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4.5 based on 162 reviews

Hollycombe Steam Collection

Reviewed By epsomladies - Epsom

This little gem of a place completely run by volunteers is a 'one off' truly unique experience. We all had so much fun on the rides and you can go on them as many times as you like. Everything you see has been lovingly restored and kept in perfect running order for us and future generations to enjoy. All those hardworking volunteers deserve a huge thank you. You made it possible for us to make many happy memories with our grandchildren and we will certainly be back for more. Thank you!

6. Upperton Vineyards

Upperton Farm, Tillington GU28 0RD, England +44 1798 343695
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

Upperton Vineyards

Family run sparkling wine vineyard with shop. Free tasting in the shop where you can buy our wines. Tours run May to September on Saturdays at 2pm. Booking recommended. Enjoy a glass on the Terrace Saturday 12 - 5pm throughout tour season.

Reviewed By davidpR323HJ

It was a very interesting and informative tour, describing the processes of the Upperton wine. This was followed by tasting of 3 of their award winning wines. As there was only 6 people on this tour, there was a very personal approach. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would recommend it.

7. Uppark

South Harting, England +44 1730 825415
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4 based on 396 reviews

Uppark

Reviewed By Richard A - Christchurch, United Kingdom

We visited as autumn was approaching and were happily occupied for around 3 hours looking at all there was to see. The volunteers were, as in most NT properties, very helpful and keen to answer questions and tell you anything you wanted to know about the place. We had a pleasant lunch of their dishes of the day and left satisfied. You'll get to learn more from the guided tours but there are adequate information boards around if you want to just do your own thing.

8. The Rising Sun

Iping Road, Milland GU30 7NA, England +44 1428 741347
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4.5 based on 21 reviews

The Rising Sun

Reviewed By youngalistai - uk

This pub is set in lovely milland 3 miles outside liphook and looks promising from the outside but its a family type pub with lots of outdoor space for "little darlings" and three different spots to eat on reflection we chose a narrow path at the front overlooking the car park its better inside but it was hot. Lunch menu/prices were bizarrely written and couldn't find desserts at first as they were on a 2nd menu. We ended up with a children's meal goujons peas and chips as we didn't want any of their "plates" style sharing meals. It wasn't bad just small and it resembled a hospital meal. Dessert tasted like "value" strawberry cheesecake. Service was good and provided by lots of eye candy girlys that was a bonus!. I see this place gets lots of gushing reviews maybe evening menu is better. I couldn't get excited about it to me it was standard English frozen meal fare. I do think most people now have pretty low standards and are used to frozen microwavable food they eat in their own homes or takeaways.

9. Lurgashall Winery

Jobsons Ln Dial Green, Dial Green GU28 9HA, England +44 1428 707292
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

Lurgashall Winery

A luxurious collection of distinctive spirits are handcrafted in small batches in the oldest distillery in Sussex. The surrounding 40 acres of ancient woodland bursting with Silver Birch trees are the inspiration for the first ever Sussex Dry Gin, Silver Birch Vermouth and Silver Birch Vodka. With seasonal offerings of; Black Cherry Liqueur, Elderberry Liqueur, Christmas Pudding Vodka and Meads.

Reviewed By E11i3 - London, United Kingdom

Popped in here having spotted signs whilst out looking for a running trail. A cute little shop selling the small batch products from the distillery....mead, gin, whiskey and Champagne Cider! A range of preserves and mixes are also displayed.
Whilst this was not what we expected, the lady working there was very informative, allowed us to taste loads of products and offered ideas on what drinks to make. We ended up buying a few bottles so sampling does work!!
Not worth going miles out of your way for but if you are in the area, a worthy stop.
They have also set up an area to use for tastings and making your own later in the year which will make this shop all the more worthwhile!

10. Bignor Roman Villa

Pulborough RH20 1PH, England +44 1798 869259
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4.5 based on 166 reviews

Bignor Roman Villa

Visitors to the Roman villa at Bignor will tour the ancient site (circa AD190) that evolved over several centuries, and which houses some of the best preserved mosaics in England.

Reviewed By bettydog2016 - Ringwood, United Kingdom

Visited on a lovely sunny Sunday, wonderful location, amazing mosaics of great quality. Lots of information available. Loved the fact this is a family affair not a commercial attraction. Reminded me of days out with my family in the 1970's. Great little cafe serving home made cakes

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