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Find exciting things to do near Gatwick Airport. Some of the UK's most popular attractions are nearby whether it's for a day-trip or just a few hours.

Gatwick is most famous for its airport, the second busiest in the UK, but it’s also handily placed for making it the base camp for your South East adventure.

There are numerous places to go including top family attractions, shopping and parks and gardens or find what's on with our extensive events calendar. For some of the best things to do near Gatwick Airport, our top ten attractions guide is your inspiration for days out, all within a one hour drive.

There are dozens of hotels near Gatwick Airport, so you can hop off the plane, unpack and get out and about. See our accommodation in Sussex or Surrey pages for details of hotels, B&Bs and self catering options. Read more on getting to and from Gatwick Airport and the towns and villages nearby to help plan your trip as well as more places to go.

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  1. Tilgate Park and Nature Centre

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    Animal Collection / Zoo

    Crawley

    Tilgate Park has so much to offer from stunning lakes, lawns and gardens to miles of woodland and bridleways for long leisurely walks. As well as all this Tilgate Park also boasts some excellent facilities:

  2. Mariners Hill

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    Natural Feature

    Edenbridge

    Far from the sea, but still a great view


    Mariners Hill is much enjoyed by local people and dog walkers, who value its tranquil walks and excellent panoramic views of the Weald.

    The wildlife in the area includes many native birds and...

  3. Petworth Cottage Museum

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    Museum

    Petworth

    Welcome to this Leconfield estate-worker's cottage once the home of Mrs Cummings, a seamstress at Petworth House. Furnished as in 1910 it has a ground floor scullery and sitting room, with a kettle boiling on the coal-fired range.

  4. Ashdown Forest

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    Country / Royal Park

    East Grinstead

    6,500 acres of beautiful countryside located between East Grinstead and Uckfield, West Hoathly and Tunbridge Wells. Ashdown Forest is so much more than a walk in the country. Visit our new website www.ashdownforest.com

  5. Old Soar Manor

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    Historic House / Palace

    Sevenoaks

    Solar block of late 13th century knights' dwellings with a rectangular hall with chapel, raised above ground level. Exhibition room. Possibly owned by the Culpepper family.

  6. Heaven Farm Museum

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    Museum

    Uckfield

    Historic farm on A275, 1 mile south of Danehill near the Bluebell Railway and Sheffield Park Garden. Fishing, museum, nature trail and tea rooms.

  7. Hever Castle and Gardens

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    Historic House / Palace

    Edenbridge

    Romantic 13th century moated castle, once Anne Boleyn's childhood home. Magnificently furnished interiors, spectacular award winning gardens.

  8. Box Hill

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    Historic Site

    Tadworth


    Box Hill - so much to explore

    Box Hill is the perfect place to discover a family walk and explore the beautiful Surrey Hills. Forming part of the North Downs, Box Hill has breathtaking views across the surrounding countryside. It's home to some...

  9. Plumpton Racecourse

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    Sports Ground

    Lewes

    Plumpton Racecourse is one of the most successful smaller jump racecourses in the country, staging sixteen National Hunt meetings from September to May.

  10. South Downs Heritage Centre

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    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Hassocks

    A unique visitor attraction in a stunning oak-framed barn. Independent British artists, designers and makers regularly showcase their work to the public.

  11. The Surrey Explorer

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    Road Cycling

    Guildford

    All inclusive guided bike tours of the Surrey Hills, only 35 minutes by train from central London. Bikes, helmets and tour guide are provided. You can see so much more by bike: hidden villages and woodlands; points of interest; incredible views; and...

  12. Tonbridge Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Tonbridge

    Open all year, Mon-Sat 9am-4pm, Sun/BH 10.30am-4pm. Closed Christmas & New Year. Last tour one hour before closing time. Grounds open daily, free of charge, 8am-dusk. Adults £5.00, concessions £3.00, Family £13.50.

  13. Edenbridge & Oxted Agricultural Show

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    Farm

    Lingfield

    Annual Bank Holiday weekend massive community 140 acre Show with animals, six competition rings, gardening advice, craft & horticultural marquees, activities, rides, livestock, historic vehicle & country sport sections, and so much more.

  14. Dapdune Wharf

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    Picnic Site

    Guildford


    Tranquil waterway running for nearly 20 miles through the heart of Surrey

    The Wey was one of the first British rivers to be made navigable, and opened to barge traffic in 1653.

    This 15-mile waterway linked Guildford to Weybridge on the Thames,...

  15. Bluebell Railway

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    Steam Railway

    Uckfield

    Step back in time to the Steam Age by climbing aboard one of the lovingly preserved trains on the Bluebell Railway.

  16. Denbies Hillside

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    Natural Feature

    Dorking

    Dramatic and stunning chalk escarpment with panoramic views

    With amazing views towards Leith Hill, the highest point in south east England, Denbies Hillside is a great spot for wildlife-watching.

    Named after John Denby, a 17th-century farmer,...

  17. Ide Hill

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    Natural Feature

    Sevenoaks


    A great place for a picnic. Enjoy impressive views of The Weald

    Ide Hill is 33.5 acres of semi-natural woodland that lies on the side of the Greensand Ridge. The area is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to its abundant...

  18. Christmas Ice Skating in Tunbridge Wells

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    Sports Activities

    Tunbridge Wells

    Experience the magic of ice skating outdoors in Tunbridge Wells this Christmas. Set within the beautiful splendour of the popular and historic park, Calverley Grounds, the real 35 x 20 metre ice rink is a perfect Christmas outing for friends and...

  19. Knole

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    Historic House / Palace

    Sevenoaks

    Set at the heart of the only remaining medieval deer park in Kent, Knole's fascinating links with royalty and literary connections with Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf, make this one of the most intriguing houses in England.

  20. Holmwood Common

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    Natural Feature

    Dorking


    Ancient common once owned by King Harold and William the Conqueror

    Holmwood Common is at the heart of the local community and is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered by all. It’s just off the A24 (south of Dorking), so why not break a car...

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