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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. 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

  3. Nymans

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    Garden

    Haywards Heath

    One of the great Gardens of the Sussex Weald with a collection of rare and beautiful plants from all over the world, including breathtaking spring colour in the walled garden, an old fashioned rose garden, summer borders and much more.

  4. 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.

  5. Godalming Museum

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    Museum

    GODALMING

    Godalming Museum tells the story of Godalming and the surrounding area and includes a few surprising connections.

  6. Wakehurst

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    Garden

    HAYWARDS HEATH

    Stunning photos of magnificent botanic gardens owned by Kew & all you may wish to know prior to a visit including the world's largest wild plant seed bank

  7. Silent Pool Distillers

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    Distillery

    GUILDFORD

    Silent Pool Distillers is nestled in the heart of the beautiful rural landscape of the Surrey Hills. Using water from the spring-fed Silent Pool, and the finest botanicals, the distillers at Silent Pool hand-craft their award-winning Silent Pool…

  8. Guildford Cathedral

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    Cathedral / Minister

    Guildford

    Guildford Cathedral is a modern Cathedral with a beautiful interior and an amazing story.

  9. Mannings Heath Wine Estate

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    Vineyard

    Horsham

    With the collaboration of wine and golf, we are aiming to attract visitors for wine visiting, fine food experiences, with a challenging experience for golfers.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. St. Thomas a Becket Church

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    Capel Le Ferne

    Basically a Norman church from the 14th Century with significant wall paintings of 13th Century on the north wall.

  13. Leechpool Woods

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    Parkland / Woodland Garden

    Horsham

    Leechpool is an ancient woodland covering 53 acres and includes Oak, Ash, Hazel, Hawthorn, Holly, Blackthorn, Sweet Chestnut and Scots Pine.

  14. Farncombe Boat House

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    Boat Trip

    Godalming

    Narrow boat hire plus rowing boats, punts and canoes. Riverside bistro.

  15. Wessex Distillery

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    Distillery

    GODALMING

    Located half way between Haslemere and Godalming in the heart of the Surrey Hills, Wessex Distillery has been crafting gin since 2017.  A family run business, this craft distillery strives to create the best English gin. 

  16. 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…

  17. Ridgeview Wine Estate

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    Vineyard

    Ditchling, Hassocks

    Ridgeview was established in 1995 and is renowned as a pioneer in emerging English sparkling wine industry. We offer tours, tastings and corporate hire at our state of the art winery, which overlooks the South Downs National Park.

  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. Tilgate Park Watersports

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    Tilgate Drive, CRAWLEY

    If you’re looking for a fun activity that you and your family or friends can enjoy, we have a fun activity that’s perfect for you. From 1 hour to full day hire there’s a wide choice available most days.

  20. Sussex Prairie Garden

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    Garden

    Henfield

    Exciting prairie garden of 8 acres planted in the naturalistic style using 30,000 plants and over 600 different varieties

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