South Downs National Park

Known as the ‘gateway to England’, this landscape of rolling hills, ancient woodland and picture perfect villages holds the secrets of thousands of years of settlement from prehistory to Caesar’s conquering forces.

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The park

Clues to the people who have lived in and shaped the South Downs can be found everywhere  from Bronze Age burial mounds to Iron Age hill forts, Roman villas, historic stately homes and imposing Norman castles.

Arundel Castle has been home to the Duke of Norfolk, the most senior peer in the realm for over 850 years, while the 1,000-yearold Lewes Castle provides views over this historic market town and the chalk slopes that surround it.

The South Downs has captivated some of Britain’s greatest literary and artistic figures, from Jane Austen, to Rudyard Kipling to the Bloomsbury Group and Virginia Woolf, who said in her diaries “The Downs… too much for one pair of eyes, enough to float a whole population in happiness, if only they would look.”

Scientists have also been drawn to the area for its extraordinarily rich wildlife. The home of pioneering naturalist Gilbert White can still be visited in Selborne.

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160 kilometres

The length of the South Downs Way National Trail


ENPEC Experiences


ENPEC Accommodation

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The English National Parks Experience Collection Brochure 2019-20

This guide provides you with a source of information on the wide range of contractable experiences and accommodation available in nine of England’s National Parks.

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The South Downs National Park Overview

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Katherine Beer (Sustainable Tourism Lead)

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+44 (0)1730 814810


Park House Hotel & Spa

Park House Hotel & Spa

  • Address Bepton, Nr Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 OJB
  • 21 rooms
  • Open All year round. Closed 24-26 December except for exclusive booking of all rooms.
Langrish House Hotel

Langrish House Hotel

  • Address Langrish, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 1RN
  • 12 rooms
  • Open All year round. Closed December 27 - January 10.
Hydro Hotel

Hydro Hotel

  • Address Mount Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN20 7HZ
  • 82 rooms
  • Open All year round. Closed 24-26 & 31 December.

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Visit Britain Press Trip


In June, we welcomed an international press group of 8 journalists and influencers to the Lake District & Peak District to showcase the best of the two regions and to celebrate 70 years of National Parks in the UK. Media representatives came from Australia, USA, China, Russia, UAE, Italy, Korea


Battlesteads is a charming hotel that dates back to 1747 and is located in the heart of the Northumberland National Park Dark Skies region. Battlesteads is a pub, hotel and restaurant, with an on-site Observatory. The 4 parts of this venue work fantastically as stand-alone elements and together they complement