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Cowdray Castle

River Ground Stables Cowdray Ruins | Cowdray Park, Easebourne GU29 9AL, England
+44 1730 810781
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A lovely sight but a tad boring

The castle ruins are beautiful and I would say worth a visit if you are passing by. I wouldn't make... read more

Reviewed 10 November 2017
Guildford, United Kingdom
Historic ruins

Picturesque ruins from Henry V111 time. You can walk around or visit this castle. Good for... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2017
Fremantle, Australia
via mobile
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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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  • Very good36%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
River Ground Stables Cowdray Ruins | Cowdray Park, Easebourne GU29 9AL, England
+44 1730 810781
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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

Thank foodiesurreylady
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

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
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

2  Thank John T
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

Thank Bethany S
Reviewed 9 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
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
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.

Thank Mi-MiMurrell
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

1  Thank Anne C
Reviewed 1 October 2016

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...More

Thank Gothnak
Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

We came here and were disappointed to hear that the castle was closed and only open at the weekend. However we got talking to one of the lovely ladies (both really nice) and because we were only there for the day they allowed us to...More

Thank Lesley N
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