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.
If you need to store luggage while out making your discoveries, click here for information on bag storage at Gatwick.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The counties around Gatwick Airport
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summer in Sussex
Voted No 2 in UK and No 11 in Inspiring Global Destinations for 2021 by CN Traveller Magazine and named top UK staycation destination 2020 by accommodation travel specialist Snaptrip, holidays to West Sussex are sure to be high on the list for those looking for a summer escape this year.
One of the sunniest counties in the UK, summer in West Sussex is hard to beat. Its glittering coastline gives way to quintessential English countryside dotted with historic ruins, glorious gardens, and characterful villages. The South Downs with its picturesque hills, hidden inns and numerous walking and cycling trails beckons.