A few hours
Even if you only have a few hours to spare, you can still take in some of the sights around Gatwick.
Explore Nymans, just a short drive from Gatwick. These magnificent 20th century gardens are a delight at any time of the year with wonderful views across the Sussex countryside, surrounding the ruins of a Gothic mansion.
For something a little different, the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden located just 13 miles (16 km) from Gatwick Airport, is an intimate water garden designed by the award winning landscape designer Anthony Paul. The gardens provide a beautiful and tranquil backdrop for a changing exhibition of contemporary sculpture and ceramics.
A visit to the country’s largest vineyard, Denbies Wine Estate just outside Dorking, offers a unique and fascinating insight into all aspects of the wine producing process. Two restaurants on site and a well-stocked gift and wine shop mean visitors can sample some of the wines and take some home too.
Polesden Lacey, once the home of the Hon Mrs Ronald Greville, a well known Edwardian hostess was the setting for weekend parties where royalty, politicians and the best of Edwardian society were entertained.
Bocketts Farm promises a great day out for all the family, whatever the weather! With a large variety of friendly farm animals to feed, and plenty of indoor and outdoor enjoyment for all the family, including pony rides, goat milking, tractor rides and even pig racing, children will love getting out and experiencing a real working farm.
Fans of the Arts & Crafts Movement will find much to admire at Standen, one of the country's best examples of Arts & Crafts architecture and design, featuring interiors designed by William Morris and ceramics by William De Morgan, as well as beautiful gardens and woodlands with wonderful views over the surrounding High Weald countryside.
Crawley is the closest town to Gatwick Airport and offers a variety of excellent shopping and leisure facilities. Shoppers should head for the County Mall – one of the biggest shopping centres in the region with over 90 shops.
The market town of Horsham offers a mixture of specialist shops selling fashion and furnishings, collectors' items and unusual gifts, combined with a modern and busy shopping centre with many well known high street stores.