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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. Downderry Nursery

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    Garden

    Tonbridge

    Set in the peaceful beauty of a walled garden Downderry is the home of National Plant Collections of lavender and rosemary. Feast your eyes on a rainbow of colours, fill your head with fragrance. A sensual experience always worth visiting

  2. British Wildlife Centre

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    Animal Collection / Zoo

    Lingfield

    The British Wildlife Centre is the best place to see and learn about Britain’s own wonderful wildlife, with over forty different species including deer, foxes, otters, badgers, pine martens and red squirrels.

  3. Sussex Horse Rescue Trust

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    Animal Collection / Zoo

    UCKFIELD

    Equine welfare organisation offering education, hands on activities, light refreshments, and small shop

  4. 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…

  5. Denbies Wine Estate

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    Vineyard

    Dorking

    Established in 1986, Denbies Wine Estate is England’s largest single estate vineyard with 265 acres of vines.

  6. 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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  7. Standen

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    Historic House / Palace

    East Grinstead

    Designed by Philip Webb in the 1890s for wealthy solicitor, James Beale, and his family, Standen is a family home with nationally important Arts & Crafts interiors, most famous for its Morris & Co. designs.

  8. 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…

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Spa Valley Railway

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    Steam Railway

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    3½ miles through the picturesque Kentish Weald countryside.

  14. Toys Hill

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    Natural Feature

    Westerham


    Discover the place that inspired Octavia Hill to found the National Trust

    Toy's Hill is more than 200 acres (81 hectares) of woodland owned by us. The area is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to its abundant wildlife, and…

  15. Warnham Nature Reserve

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    Nature Reserve

    Horsham

    A haven of peace and beauty within a mile of Horsham, this 92 acre site offers a 17 acre millpond, reedbeds and woodlands which are rich in flora, dragonflies and birdlife. Includes a visitor centre, cafe, two bird hides and free parking.

  16. Guildford Cathedral

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    Cathedral / Minister

    Guildford

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

  17. Polesden Lacey

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    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.

  18. Abinger Roughs and Netley Park

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    Nature Trail / Watching

    Dorking

    Hidden woods with ancient trees and flower-sprinkled grasslands, just off the North Downs and Pilgrims Ways

    Abinger Roughs, above the village of Abinger Hammer, is an area of grassland and mixed woodland - some of the mighty oak trees are over…

  19. The Undercroft

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    Historic Site

    Guildford

    The medieval Undercroft on Guildford High Street is one of the finest examples in the country.

  20. 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,…

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