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Tourism

With Gatwick Airport right on its doorstep, Crawley has a lot to offer the tourist, families and visitors. There are ‘things to do’ for the historian, walkers/hikers, wildlife watchers and children.


Attractions

Goff’s Park -  Has lakes, boating ponds and a model railway.
Tilgate Park & Nature Reserve – Has has walled gardens, lakes, large areas of woodland with footpaths and bridleways.
Tulley’s Farm – Animal Patch & Play Area, Farm Shop, Mini Diggers & Tractors, Maize Maze Fun Park and much more seasonal activities.
Crawley Museum Centre – Artefacts from Prehistoric Times to the creation of the New Town.
Ifield Mill – A working watermill dating back to 1684.
Buchan Country Park – A place of peace and quiet just outside the town.


Transport

Road – Crawley is served by the A23 which runs through the town from Brighton on the coast to London. The A264 crosses the town starting in the east at Pembury, Kent and going to Horsham to the west.

Rail – The London to Brighton Line passes through Three Bridges Station in the east of the town. A branch line, the Arun Valley Line, goes through the town’s other stations, Crawley and Ifield, and on to Arundel via Horsham, Billingshurst and Pulborough.


Brief History

There is evidence of settlement here back to the Stone Age and there is also of evidence of Iron Age man in the Crawley area, including a camp at Goff’s Park. This settlement was expanded by the Romans who arrived at the start of the first century. Evidence of over 100 furnaces has been found in the area now covered by Broadfield. The first mention of Crawley comes from 1203, when a licence to hold a weekly market was granted. Crawley continued to grow steadily over the next 400 years, helped by the continuing success of the iron industry. The railway reached the town in 1846. In 1946, the New Towns Act was passed, and Crawley was one of eight towns selected to provide work and home away from the overcrowded capital. Much more recently it has thrived as the nearest urban centre to Gatwick Airport which was developed in 1958 from an existing small aerodrome.


Famous People

Alan Minter – WBC World Middleweight Boxing Champion in 1980, born in the town.
John George Haigh – The “Acid Bath Murderer”, used his workshop in the town to carry out some of his murders.
The Cure – Rock Band, formed in Crawley by Robert Smith, Lawrence Tolhurst and Michael Dempsey who all went to school and lived in the town.

Dan Walker - TV and radio sports presenter, took over presenting “Football Focus” on BBC TV in 2009, was born in Crawley


Approximate Population

The population has been estimated at 101,300 in 2009.


Nearest Tourist Information Centre

Horsham
9 The Causeway , Horsham , RH12 1HE
Tel: 01403 211661
Email: tourist.information@horsham.gov.uk


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