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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  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. 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.

  5. 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. 

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Headley Heath

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    Natural Feature

    Epsom

    A wonderful mix of open heathland, woodland and chalk downland

    Headley Heath has a wide network of tracks to explore, and stunning views to rival any of its neighbours - the perfect place to enjoy the countryside, whether walking, cycling or...

  10. Black Down

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    Natural Feature

    Haslemere


    The highest point in the South Downs National Park

    Black Down in West Sussex is a landscape of wavy hair grass, purple heather and pine trees, where you can still get a true sense of 'wild'.

    The views have inspired many for years and none so...

  11. Ivy Arts Centre in Guildford

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    Theatre

    388 Perimeter Road, GUILDFORD

    The Ivy Arts Centre is Guildford’s premium venue for world-class musical theatre, plays and productions. Every Season the Ivy features a series of internally produced and national touring productions. The Centre has three performance venues, the...

  12. 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

  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. Busbridge Lakes Ornamental Waterfowl and Gardens

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    Garden

    Godalming

    Visitors to Busbridge Lakes can see over 1000 birds, mainly ornamental waterfowl, pheasants and parkland birds. Within the 40 acres are 3 lakes, rare trees and nature trails.

  15. 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...

  16. 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

  17. Guildford Cathedral

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    Cathedral / Minister

    Guildford

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

  18. Petworth House & Park

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    Historic House / Palace

    Petworth

    The beauty and drama of this 17th century palace inspired the artist JMW Tuner 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...

  19. Emmetts Garden

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    Garden

    Sevenoaks

    This peaceful garden, at one of the highest spots in Kent, is noted for its rare trees and shrubs.  Emmetts offers beautiful colour throughout the seasons as well as spectacular views.  18 acres of grounds and woodland to visit.
    For the latest...

  20. 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.

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