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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. Petworth House & Park

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    Historic House / Palace

    Petworth

    The beauty and drama of this 17th century palace inspired the artist JMW Turner time and time again. Petworth became Turner’s favourite retreat and he was a regular guest of the 3rd Earl of Egremont. Today a world famous art collection fills the…

  2. 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.

  3. The Loxwood Joust

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    Adventure Park / Playground

    Loxwood

    THE LOXWOOD JOUST – is the UK’s premiere MEDIAEVAL FESTIVAL FUN DAY OUT taking place at the enchanted LOXWOOD MEADOW, LOXWOOD RH14 0AL

  4. Leonardslee Gardens

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    Countryside, Parks & Gardens

    Horsham

    One of the finest gardens in Britain, Leonardslee will reopen to the public in March 2018. The Grade 2 listed Italianate style ropery will house dining facilities and become a local attraction for wedding groups and events.

  5. Guildford Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Guildford

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

  6. Borde Hill Garden

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    Garden

    Haywards Heath

    A historical formal Garden, woodlands, lakes, parkland and adventure playground.

    Event days. Café & restaurant, art gallery, gift shop. Dogs permitted

  7. Fishers Adventure Farm Park

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    Farm

    Billingshurst

    See the pictures behind why this family attraction has won so many awards and is a massive hit with the kids, from cute animals to exciting rides.

  8. Guildford Guildhall

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    Historic Site

    Guildford

    A restored mainly Tudor/Stuart construction. There is a Court Room with 17thC panelling and stained glass windows. Items of historical interest, oil paintings, famous Guildhall clock.

  9. Spa Valley Railway

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    Steam Railway

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    3½ miles through the picturesque Kentish Weald countryside.

  10. Chilworth Gunpower Mills

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    Industrial Archaeology

    Guildford

    Located in the village of Chilworth, this Gunpower Mill is one of the earliest examples of its kind in the country.

  11. Wey and Arun Canal Trust

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    Boat Trip

    Loxwood

    In 1970 a few enthusiastic individuals formed the Wey & Arun Canal Society; more supporters were quickly gained, and in 1973 the Society was re-formed as a charitable Trust Company, the Wey & Arun Canal Trust Limited.

  12. 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.

  13. Bolney Wine Estate

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    Vineyard

    Bolney, Haywards Heath

    Find out why Sussex sparkling wine has been beating champagne in blind taste tests. Bolney Wine Estate carries a tradition brought to Britain nearly 2,000 years ago.

  14. Southwater Watersports

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    Activity Organiser

    Horsham

    Southwater Watersports are based in the beautiful surrounding of Southwater Country Park and have something for everyone. Whether you’re a family looking for something fun to do, a club who wants an exciting sport for your members or want to become…

  15. Pooh Corner

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    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Hartfield

    Pooh Corner is a gift shop specialising in Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends. The timber frame building is some 300 years old and has low ceilings - so you may have to duck your head to cross the threshold.

  16. Bookham Common

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    Natural Feature

    Leatherhead

    Ancient commons, mentioned in the Domesday Book, with grassland plains, mighty oak woods and serene ponds

  17. SKATE Tunbridge Wells

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    Sports Activities

    Tunbridge Wells

    From 15 November, Calverley Grounds will be transformed into the ultimate winter destination, signalling the start of the festive season. SKATE Tunbridge Wells returns for 2019 with stylish skating, festive food and drink, music and Christmas spirit…

  18. The Electric Theatre

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    Theatre

    Guildford

    The Electric Theatre is Guildford's local community theatre and is well known for its eclectic programme of drama, musicals, dance, music, poetry, film, lectures and book-signings. It aims to offer 'something for everyone'.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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