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Gatwick Airport Rundown

London Gatwick Airport is the second biggest international airport in the UK and in 2010 a staggering 30 million passengers passed through its terminals. With hotel competition for the airport passenger dollar fierce, there are always good deals on for visitors who choose to stay close to the airport. And, although staying at a Gatwick airport hotel may not seem an obvious choice of base, it actually makes sense on many levels. As well as being just 28 miles from the exhaustive attractions of London, Gatwick is also within easy driving distance of Brighton as well as a number of top UK attractions.

Chartwell House, home to Blighty’s most famous statesman Winston Churchill, is just a stone’s throw away from Gatwick Airport. There are plenty of green spaces nearby - including St Leonard’s Forest, Weir Wood Reservoir, Denne Park and fabulous Box Hill – surprising for such a big urban conurbation and none of which are generally completely jam packed with people.

Gatwick Airport’s Top 10

10. High Beeches Gardens Lose yourself in the winding pathways, rippling streams and waterfalls – just four miles from Gatwick.

5. Saint Hill has a Monkey Room which was painted by John Spencer Churchill, Winston’s nephew.

9. Tilgate Forest Offers top quality golfing facilities – a welcome break from sightseeing.

4. Gatwick Aviation Museum If you know your Avro from your de Havilland, you will enjoy.

8. The County Mall Shopping Centre in nearby Crawley has over 90 high street stores, as well as restaurants of a fast food variety.

3. Bocketts Farm Park on the edge of the North Downs has spring lambs cute enough to melt the hardest of hearts.

7. The Old Mill is located in Redhill, just a few miles from Gatwick, and has enough historical significance to give it Grade I status.

2. The Bluebell Railway is a well established family attraction. ‘Bluebell Specials’ include Thomas the Tank, who often makes an appearance.

6. Hever Castle was Anne Boleyn’s home before she married Henry VIII. Tapestries, furniture, and an Italian garden, in this Tudor mansion.

1 .Lingfield Park Racecourse has a backdrop of 450 acres of rolling Surrey countryside and horses running round a racetrack.

Gatwick History

  • 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey & Battlefield – Visit the site of England’s most famous battle, the 1066 Battle of Hastings, for a great historical experience
  • 1066 Country – This place echoes England’s extraordinary past with a plethora of art, music, festivals, gardens and walks.
  • Arundel Castle – This ancient castle in Gatwick was the family residence of the Duke of Norfolk for more than nine centuries.
  • Bodiam Castle – Edward Dallingride built this castle in 1385 to impress friends and frighten enemies.
  • Chichester Cathedral – Located in the heart of Chichester, this 900-year-old cathedral attracts visitors for its unique architecture spanning centuries.

Gatwick Art & Culture

  • Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre – Set in the South Downs National Park, the museum showcases heritage of the South East.
  • Farley Farm House Tours – Home to surrealists Lee Miller and Pensrose in 1949, this farm house is a contemporary art treasure.
  • Fishbourne Roman Palace – Visitors can see Roman mosaic floors and the other Roman objects dating back to the 1st century AD.
  • How We Lived Then Museum – Home to more than 100,000 exhibits with a fascinating gift shop at the entrance.
  • Look and Sea – For a fascinating heritage exhibition, this can be an unforgettable experience in Gatwick.

Gatwick Shopping

  • Crowley – This main shopping area has a range of shops with more than 90 high-street shops in the County Mall.
  • Primark – About a 15-minute train ride from Gatwick, Primark in Croydon is the best place for cheap clothes rather than luxury.
  • Dixons Travel – Discover the latest technology and entertainment-related gadgets for any purpose.
  • Boots – Sells health and beauty products, and most stores have a pharmacy.
  • Hamleys – Visit this shop for quality, innovative toys for children.

Gay & Lesbian Gatwick

  • Bar 429 – Located in Harley, this bar has a wide space to dance and hobnob.
  • Bedford Tavern – This quiet, gay-friendly mixed pub in Hove also offers a Brighton Seafront tour with Sunday lunch.
  • Candy bar – This lesbian bar in Brighton offers good fun with a high-energy vibe.
  • Brighton Tavern – Located in Brighton’s North Laine area, this is a lively pub with a welcoming atmosphere.
  • Envy – Frequent cabaret and special nights are the added features of this small but smart club in Gatwick.

Gatwick Outdoors

  • Farmyard Family Fun – It offers a great outing for children and families.
  • Holmbush Farm – Children will love the indoor and outdoor activities, animal handling and daily goat racing.
  • Brighton – Located 28 miles from Gatwick, this city is an excellent excursion with beaches, heritage buildings and eclectic boutique shops.
  • Hever Castle – This place about half an hour from Gatwick is famous as the spot where Anne Boleyn, Henry the VIII’s wife, spent her childhood.
  • Nymans – A fantastic destination for an experience with nature located about 24km from Gatwick Airport.

Gatwick Sport

  • Head to Brighton’s on the Sea for surfing, swimming and boating.
  • A walk around the Royal Pavilion in Gatwick is bound to raise your spirit.
  • Go to Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest for cycling, walking or riding.
  • For a fantastic Christmas outdoors, try skating at Somerset House.
  • Go for serious sporting activity, from horseback riding to fishing to power kiting, at the Royal Park.

Gatwick Airport Events

Gatwick Fashion Week takes place at the airport concourse during August. If you think you’ve got what it takes, why not enter yourself in Gatwick Airport Runway Models competition?

South London is only a hop, skip and a jump away from Gatwick. Cheer on the British players at Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship held in June each year.

The Richmond Literary Festival is also easily accessible from Gatwick Airport. A great place for the literary minded to see and be seen.

The Richmond Business Expo is not far from Gatwick, and one for those who just can’t leave work behind them. Also in June.

Get your beer goggles on and head off from Gatwick Airport to the Sussex Beer Festival in Hove, which takes place in March and is run by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ales.

Fans of all things equestrian will enjoy the Carpetright British Jumping Derby held not far from Gatwick Airport at the Hickstead All England Jumping Course during the month of June.

The Crawley MELA is one of the biggest multi faith events in the South East of the UK. Family fun in bucket loads during the month of July and just a couple of miles from Gatwick Airport.

So long as you don’t have a phobia of clowns (more common than you think) then you will probably enjoy the Crawley Circus Festival during August, within easy access of Gatwick.

The Pride Parade & Park Event is one of the biggest and best in the UK – well worth the short trip to Brighton from Gatwick during August.

The West Sussex Food and Countryside Festival is an idea for a day out, should your visit to Gatwick be during October. Guided walks will allow you to get to know the area better.

Hollycombe Steam Rally is easily accessible from Gatwick airport and takes place in September.

When To Go

Outer London has a moderate but changeable climate – pretty much like the rest of the UK in fact, with June, July and August seeing the most sunshine.

Average summer temperatures of around 25 °C are to be expected, while during the winter, temperatures are generally above freezing, with snow not generally expected.

Rainfall can be expected at any time of year with the winter months being the wettest.

Getting There

Southern Railway run a service from Gatwick into London Victoria, with a journey time of around 35 minutes. The Gatwick Express offers an even quicker service into London Victoria Station at just 30 minutes. Travelling off peak will reap you the cheapest ticket prices – current price for a one way trip on the Gatwick Express is £16.90.

Gatwick is surrounded by some of the UK’s busiest motorways with the M23 and infamous M25 adjacent (or Road to Hell as it has been termed).

National Express travel into London and to all major cities in the UK – and at ticket prices starting at £2 you are wasting your time trying to find anything cheaper.

Gatwick Airport Rundown

Gatwick Airport is the UK’s second busiest international airport and only London’s other main airport – Heathrow - is capable of carrying more passengers. Gatwick is just 37 km from the centre of London, meaning you can be trundling round all the capital’s main attractions within minutes of landing, but there’s also a lot to see and do in the local area.

For a start there is bright and bubbly Brighton, with nightlife to rival London’s, only a short drive away. Then there are historical attractions such as Chartwell House – one of the UK’s most visited and former home to England’s favorite statesman, Sir Winston Churchill. The Bluebell Railway is a popular day out for big and little kids alike, and close to Gatwick Airport, and Lingfifeld Park Racecourse is one of the most scenic racecourses in the UK with its stunning hilly backdrop.

There’s also a wealth of green spaces to welcome you back from a busy day sightseeing in London including glorious Box Hill and Denne Park. Add to this the fact that hotels close to Gatwick Airport always seem to have enticing deals on and staying in the area seems a smart move.

More Info on Gatwick Airport’s Top 10

10. Tilgate Park nature Center Where you can catch sight of an elusive British red squirrel.

5. High Beeches Gardens Close to Gatwick Airport with streams, paths and waterfalls.

9. British Wildlife Center Native cats and natural habitats, at Lingfield, a mere stone’s throw from Gatwick Airport.

4. Tilgate Forest Escape for a game of golf and a welcome change from sightseeing.

8. Saint Hill is a stately place. Its Monkey Room is a highlight, painted by Sir Winston’s nephew, John Spencer Churchill.

3. Bocketts Farm Park will make you forget you are only a stone’s throw from Gatwick Airport.

7. Weir Wood Reservoir Feel far from the madding crowd here even though you’re just a km or two away from Gatwick Airport.

2. Hever Castle Anne Boleyn’s family home highlights are the room Henry VIII stayed in and Anne’s prayer book, thought to have been with her at her execution.

6. The Old Mill in Redhill is merely a few km from Gatwick Airport. The Grade I Watermill is still in operation, the last of its kind.

1. Gatwick Aviation Museum Aviation enthusiasts will be in seventh heaven in this quirky yet memorabilia-packed attraction.

More Info on When to Go

Gatwick has a temperate climate similar to London itself, but tends not to get quite as hot in the summer as the inner city. The summer months see plenty of sunshine, and spring is a great time to come, when the flowers are blooming and the lambs are appearing.

You can expect summer temperatures to reach a high of 25°C and a low of 11°C – but recent years have seen temps get far higher. Winter temperatures will not generally get any lower than 4 or 5°C, but it makes sense to bring warm clothes at this time of year, since sub zero temps are not unheard of.

The appearance of rain is a common phenomenon in the UK; Gatwick is no exception so bring your umbrella.

More Info on Getting There

Gatwick Express speeds into London Victoria and takes just 30 minutes. There is also a service which makes various stops along the way run by Southern Railway – try to travel off-peak for the cheapest fares.

Gatwick couldn’t be better accommodated for road transport with the M23 and the infamous M25 London Orbital on the doorstep.

National Express the UK’s busiest coach service operates a service from Gatwick to just about everywhere – with extremely competitive fares.

General Information

North of Crawley in West Sussex and 45 km south of London, Gatwick Airport is a major international transportation hub. Second only to Heathrow Airport in the United Kingdom, Gatwick is set within a lovely area of south England, with wonderful points of interest and spectacular landscape nearby. West Sussex for one, is a beautiful county with tidy towns, castles and scenery to explore.

Start with Arundel Castle, a magnificent medieval castle that dates back to the 11th century and the reign of Edward the Confessor. Now the seat of the Duke of Norfolk, Arundel offers comprehensive tours of the grand interior and gardens to the public. Fishbourne Roman Palace is a vital archaeological site in West Sussex and indeed, England. Built in the 1st century, the massive excavation site features complex mosaics and decorative relics. Other attractions near Gatwick Airport include Bramber Castle, Petworth House, Sackville College and Weald and Downland Open Air Museum.

Attractions & Activities

  • Arundel Castle
  • Bramber Castle
  • Petworth House
  • Fishbourne Roman Palace
  • Sackville College
  • South Downs Way
  • Black Down
  • Selsey Bill
  • Wakehurst Place Garden
  • Crawley Festival
  • Restaurants & Nightlife

  • The Fish Factory
  • The Cider House
  • The Real Fish & Chips Company
  • Sen
  • West Stoke House
  • Club Code
  • Liquid Lounge
  • The Base
  • Martines
  • Billie Rox
  • Climate

    Crawley and Gatwick Airport have a temperate climate, with four mild seasons.

    • Winter (December to February) 2-9°C
    • Spring (March to May) 4-18°C
    • Summer (June to September) 11-23°C
    • Fall (October to November) 5-15°C

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