Discover the area around Gatwick

Welcome to Gatwick - discover what's on our doorstep

Welcome to Gatwick Airport, conveniently located to the South of London and the gateway to a host of attractions across the South East of England. While the train can whisk visitors away to London and Brighton in less than 30 minutes, if you're looking to get away from the crowds, you can also explore the vibrant and historical corner of the UK right on our doorstep. From manor houses and castles to vineyards and villages, there's something for everyone to explore across our neighbouring counties of Kent, Surrey, East and West Sussex. Read on to discover more..
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Get out and explore the area around Gatwick

We have curated some itineraries designed to help you get the most out of your time, however brief. Click through these tabs for a summary of each timed itinerary, then click the link to download the full, printable version. If time is less of a concern, click through the themed itineraries on the grid below.

Happy explorations!

Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens

With just three hours to spare, stretch your legs in charming Leonardslee, one of the finest Victorian woodland gardens in the country. Filled with rare and endangered species, the 95-hectare (240-acre) estate is especially magnificent in spring.

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Bolney Wine Estate

With four hours to spare, visit the pioneering Bolney Wine Estate, set between the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the South Downs National Park. Among their guided tour and tasting packages is the Drop-On Tour, a 45-min guided tour of the estate with three tastings.

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Arundel Castle and Winnie the Pooh's Ashdown Forest

Discover Arundel Castle, with its battlements and towers high on a hill overlooking the rolling South Downs hills. Today, the castle is filled with 16th century furniture, tapestries and historic artworks. 

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Once used by the Normans for deer hunting, Ashdown Forest is now synonymous with A.A. Milne’s charming childhood tales about Christopher Robin and his charismatic animal friends. 

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Guildford, Surrey

With a good six hours to spare ,there are plenty of reasons to visit Guildford, on the edge of the Surrey Hills AONB. This market town is drenched in history and heritage, as well as plenty of independent shops and restaurants.

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Royal Tunbridge Wells

Thanks to the discovery of a natural spring in 1606, the Pantiles in Royal Tunbridge
Wells became a popular destination for gentry and royalty, attracted by the health-giving qualities of the mineral-rich waters. Today, the Pantiles is still stylish, with independent shops and cafes in 18th- and 19th-century buildings.

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The counties around Gatwick Airport

West Sussex

Explore historic market towns, stately homes, castles and a cathedral city. Discover the delights of the coast, from water sports and beach days, to artist trails, galleries and events. 

East Sussex

Come to beautiful East Sussex for green hills, white cliffs, vibrant seaside resorts, historic castles and iconic galleries and theatres. Visit our enchanting gardens, rich with history.

Surrey

Explore Surrey’s steep wooded hills, rolling chalk downlands and river valleys. Visit the vibrant market towns and idyllic villages and enjoy the award-winning vineyards and historic houses.

West Kent

With historic towns and villages, set in a magnificent Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, West Kent is the best of town and country. There's so much to explore; from ornate gardens to boutique shopping.