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Cowdray Castle

River Ground Stables Cowdray Ruins | Cowdray Park, Easebourne GU29 9AL, England
+44 1730 810781
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Walk after breakfast

After an amazing breakfast in the Cafe, we walked to the Castle ruins. They were absolutely... read more

Reviewed 16 April 2018
Deoxlade
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Ferndown, United Kingdom
Beautiful ruins and town

We popped here as a family visit over Easter. Didn't realise the castle wouldn't be open till... read more

Reviewed 4 April 2018
Tammytms
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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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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.
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  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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River Ground Stables Cowdray Ruins | Cowdray Park, Easebourne GU29 9AL, England
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Reviewed 16 April 2018

After an amazing breakfast in the Cafe, we walked to the Castle ruins. They were absolutely amazing. Really large, and grand, one can imagine Henry VIII wandering around there! The gardens were beautifully laid out, and they provide a venue for weddings.

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Cowdray_Marketing, Public Relations Manager at Cowdray Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2018

Thanks for taking the time to review your recent visit. The Ruins are indeed a stunning backdrop. Watch out for them on the forthcoming feature film 'Mary Queen of Scots' which comes out in the autumn! Kind regards, the Cowdray Marketing team.

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

We popped here as a family visit over Easter. Didn't realise the castle wouldn't be open till warmer season but still we walked around the outside and its just beautiful! Will definitely visit again in open season.

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Cowdray_Marketing, Public Relations Manager at Cowdray Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2018

Thanks for reviewing us back in April. Dates for this years open season are still to be confirmed so keep an eye on our website and come again. Kind regards, the Cowdray Marketing team.

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Reviewed 10 November 2017

The castle ruins are beautiful and I would say worth a visit if you are passing by. I wouldn't make a trip for it especially. Parking is very close by and there are some walks around. I didn't end up staying very longMore

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Cowdray_Marketing, Public Relations Manager at Cowdray Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2017

Thanks for taking the time to review the Ruins. Come and visit again in the Spring when we are open to find out more about the ruined Tudor mansion and its historical significance. We hope you managed to visit our award winning farm shop &...More

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Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Picturesque ruins from Henry V111 time. You can walk around or visit this castle. Good for photographs of historic ruins

Thank 257margaretann
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Reviewed 18 May 2017

In 1793, before the tragic fire, Cowdray House was just like Hampton Court, though smaller, but amazingly richly endowed. Sir Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown had only completed his landscaping ín 1774; and beyond the ha ha enclosing the pleasure gardens was a broad expanse of grassland...More

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Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

I love exploring and this is now one of my favourite places! Stunning place and was able to shoot some beautiful pictures! Also makes a lovely ideal picnic area or photo shoot. Unfortunately i wouldn't have a clue if you when you can enter. I...More

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Reviewed 10 April 2017

This is effectively a picnic site attraction but without any tables. The ruins provide an amazing backdrop and there are plenty of places to explore with a bit of persistence, including a number of walks looping back to the town, through woodland, etc. as well...More

Thank Paul B
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Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

Lovely views, walks and plenty of history. Ideal photo venue and when open well worth a look around.

Thank Anne C
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Reviewed 20 January 2017

No entry can be gained to the castle or it's grounds during winter but there is a courtyard adjoining the grounds which includes a lovely cafe and access to a walled garden. Entry to the garden is free and dogs are welcome.

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Reviewed 1 October 2016

My daughter got married earlier this year in the gardens behind the ruins. Lots of the photos were taken in the ruins . Steeped in history and worth a visit. Events are held throughout the year where you can the get access to the ruins,...More

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