Something For Everyone: 10 Best Things To Do In Crawley, UK

best things to do in crawley uk
Roselle
Roselle
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A wonderful English countryside with a deep past. There are a number of gardens and parks scattered around to enjoy the nature in Crawley, UK! Apart from nature, there are also other interesting, exciting and unexpected things to find in this beautiful area. So here is a list of the best things to do in Crawley based on a few themes: nature, places, adventure, and good eats! Select your favorite and start your adventure in Crawley.

1. Tilgate Park

Tilgate Park, Nature Centre
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The largest, most beautiful and popular park in the area, Tilgate Park has three lakes, one of which is the dreamy Tilgate Lake. Abundant with nature, one can find a golf course, the Walled Cafe, and Go Ape, an obstacle course playground for kids here. A family friendly park with lots of animals and fresh air, certainly not to be missed!

Tilgate Park

Address: Titmus Drive, Tilgate, Crawley RH10 5PQ, UK

Website: Tilgate Park

2. Buchan Country Park

Doggy Dip Buchan Country Park, Crawley, West Sussex - geograph.org.uk - 1386068
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A very dog-friendly park with a dog dip! Locals usually come here in the morning walking their dogs. There’s also a huge lake with people fishing and a couple of areas designated for an afternoon picnic. You might even be able to spot some dragonflies, adders, night jars, grass snakes and great-crested grebes! A peaceful, clean, and wonderful place to enjoy watching the English countryside.

Buchan Country Park

Address: Buchan Country Park Horsham Road, Crawley RH11 9HQ, UK

Website: Buchan Country Park

3. The Hawth

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The Hawth is a wonderful place for music lovers. This theatre features local talent in a comfortable setting with accessible facilities. Tickets are priced reasonably and one can even buy their favorite drink inside while enjoying one of the gigs! Enjoy a great night out and have a bite at their onsite cafe when you’re experiencing the munchies.

The Hawth

Address: Hawth Ave, Crawley RH10 6YZ, UK

Website: The Hawth

4. The George Hotel (from USD 53)

The George Hotel, Crawley2
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Formally the George Inn, now known as the Ramada Crawley-Gatwick, this hotel has a deep and fascinating history. It is based on a 16th-century building called “the George”. It has been featured in novels and paintings, the most prominent being, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s mystery novel, Rodney Stone. It’s no surprise that the George has such a mysterious past. There has even been reports of a haunting of a nightwatchman known as Mark Hurston, and other types of hauntings which make The George an attractive spot.


Ramada Crawley-Gatwick

Address: High Street Crawley, Near Gatwick Airport
Price: from 53 USD

Private parking Meeting/banquet facilities Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas Shared stationery such as printed menus, magazines, pens, and paper removed On-site parking Fax/photocopying First aid kit available WiFi

5. County Mall Shopping Centre

Crawley - County Mall (Friary Way Entrance)
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Crawley is not just an English countryside, there’s also the major shopping mall with a great variety of shops. From chocolatiers, shoes shops, clothes, coffee shops, a ball pit for kids, and more, families, couples, kids, teens, and everyone else can find something to do here. Fashionistas will find Primark; quality but reasonably priced clothing and accessories. County Mall easily gives you an excuse for splurging.

County Mall Shopping Centre

Address: Crawley Sussex, RH10 1FP, UK

Website: County Mall Shopping Centre

6. Southern Pursuits


It’s adventure time with Southern Pursuits! Located in Tulley’s Farm, there is a variety of adrenaline based, heart-pumping activities and events for adults here. From archery, hover crafting, and shooting, to quad biking and throwing axes like a Viking. The group organize and host a number of events from team building, to parties, to make it more fun and memorable. It is recommended not wear shorts for quad biking due to the warm engine.

Southern Pursuits

Address: Tulley’s Farm, Turners Hill Road, Turners Hill, Crawley RH10 4PD, UK

Website: Southern Pursuits

7. High Sports Crawley Climbing Centre

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High Sports Crawley Climbing Centre is located in K2 Leisure Centre. For kids and adults, beginners won’t be put off by the exciting heights of these walls. There is a more challenging climb for experienced climbers, who would like a higher level of difficulty. Staff is friendly and you can be assured the equipment is very safe. For climbing, there is a variety of boulders, steep wall, slabs, self-belaying, and routes for different grades.

High Sports Crawley Climbing Centre

Address: K2 Leisure Centre, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley RH11 9BQ, UK

Website: Crawley Climbing Centre

8. Sports Sim [PERMANENTLY CLOSED]

A fun and exciting place to play simulation sports game without the bad weather getting in the way. They have a variety of sports related games from a racing simulator and shooting, to tennis, golf, and more. The simulation is realistic and interactive, which makes you feel emerged when playing a game. The staff is friendly and welcoming and the environment is family friendly. Anyone can find a game to enjoy in Sports Sim!

Sports Sim

Address: 99 Finlay Court, Commonwealth Drive, Crawley RH10 1AJ, UK

Website: Sports Sim

9. Octopvs

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Time for some nightlife in Crawley - unexpectedly located at The George Hotel! Octopvs gives an interesting twist while enjoying your drinks in this pretty wine bar with an amazing wood interior. The bar has a Roman theme, fun theme nights and a fun history behind how the bar was found. The bartenders are entertaining and accommodating with their many cocktails and drink mixings. Something fun is happening every night at Octopvs!

Octopvs

Address: 56-58 High Street, Crawley RH10 1BS, UK

Website: Octopvs

10. The Parsons Pig

Parsons Pig Inn, Balcombe Road, Tinsley Green, Crawley
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A highly recommended restaurant and pub serving delicious fusion style Indian food with an English atmosphere. The manager, Raj, is very friendly, personally talking to guests and asking them how he could help them further. The rest of the staff are equally attentive and friendly. Some dishes you can find are biryani, curry, chana, vegetable samosas and more. A great place to have reasonably priced Indian food in the English countryside.

The Parsons Pig

Address: Balcombe Road, Pound Hill, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 3NL, UK

Website: The Parsons Pig

Beyond the parks

Not just a simple countryside, Crawley has an exciting and interesting edge to it as well. Crawley’s nature is indeed beautiful and the parks are fascinating. Its past is felt through the atmosphere, its architecture and the little parts of town. Whatever mood you are in, you will be able to find, do, see or eat something interesting in Crawley!

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Roselle is a 3D Artist originally from Singapore. She is currently living as a Digital Nomad in Bali with her Husband. She plans to continue her journeys to Thailand, Vietnam and more. She has been...Read more

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