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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. 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...

  2. Leith Hill & Tower

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    Viewpoint

    Dorking


    Step out and discover our network of footpaths. There are so many to choose, from shorter routes to the Greensand Way, which follows the Greensand Ridge along the Surrey Hills and crosses Leith Hill. Most of our paths are clearly marked, but an...

  3. Parham House & Gardens

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    Historic House / Palace

    Pulborough

    Set in the heart of an ancient deer park, Parham House and Gardens is situated below the South Downs. The house and gardens have been lovingly restored by the Pearson family who bought Parham in 1922.

  4. 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,...

  5. 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.

  6. High Beeches Woodland and Water Garden

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    Garden

    Haywards Heath

    High Beeches Woodland and Water Garden is a beautiful, tranquil and historic garden of some 27 acres. It was begun more than 100 years ago and is full of rare and important plants and trees.

  7. 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 feet ice rink is a perfect Christmas outing for friends and...

  8. Chiddingstone Castle

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    Historic House / Palace

    Edenbridge

    Chiddingstone Castle, whose history can be traced back to the early 16th Century, is a unique country house located in the historic village of Chiddingstone in Kent. 

  9. Albourne Estate Vineyard

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    Vineyard

    Albourne, Hassocks

    Situated just 8 miles from Brighton, this boutique single estate vineyard produces world-class still and sparkling English wines in a truly exceptional setting overlooking the South Downs National Park.

  10. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

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    Theatre

    Tunbridge Wells

    The Assembly Hall Theatre is a 1,000 seat receiving theatre offering an eclectic programme with everything from family shows to classical music, including West End touring musicals and drama, dance, comedy, opera and classical, ballet and more.

  11. Guildford Museum

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    Museum

    Guildford

    Guildford Museum is a beautiful 17C building, adjacent to the castle grounds, housing archaeology, local history and needlework displays.

  12. Winkworth Arboretum

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    Garden

    Godalming


    An unfinished masterpiece

    Established in the 20th century, this hillside arboretum has now been maintained by the National Trust for 60 years and has built up a collection of more than 1,000 different shrubs and trees, many of them rare.

    Visit...

  13. Guildford Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Guildford

    Guildford Castle features 2 model displays, and a viewing platform offering panoramic views of Guildford.

  14. 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.

  15. Harewoods and Sandhills

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    Natural Feature

    Redhill

    Hidden woodlands, lush green meadows, tranquil ponds and an ancient common

  16. Quebec House

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    Historic House / Palace

    Westerham

    A gabled house with 16th Century origins and features of architectural and historical interest. The childhood home of General James Wolfe displaying family and military memorabilia and an exhibition about the battle of Quebec in the stable

  17. One Tree Hill

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    Natural Feature

    Sevenoaks


    Protected for over 100 years, a beautiful slice of Kent countryside

    Dr and Mrs Jamieson Hurry purchased One Tree Hill in 1911, in order to protect the area under the 1907 National Trust Act. It was purchased in memory of Mrs Jamieson Hurry's...

  18. Chesworth Farm

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    Farm

    Horsham

    This 90 acre (36 ha) farm is managed as a livestock farm, with numerous footpaths around the site, incorporating grassland, the River Arun, wet meadow, ancient hedgerows, and access to the greater countryside.

  19. Polesden Lacey

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    Historic House / Palace

    Dorking

    This country retreat, with glorious views across the rolling Surrey Hills and acres of countryside waiting to be explored, was home to famous Edwardian hostess Mrs Greville, who entertained royalty and the celebrities of her time.

  20. Church of The Holy Sepulchre

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    Church / Chapel

    Ashington

    A country gem from a gentler era.....

    The setting of this 13th-century sandstone church – with splendid views across to the Iron Age fort of Chanctonbury Ring on the South Downs – is lovely, but the building itself surpasses all expectations.

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