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An area for both the sedate and the active person to enjoy with a variety of things to do or go and see.


Borde Hill Gardens – 200 acres (80ha) of gardens, woodland and park
Beech Hurst Gardens – Miniature railway, pitch & putt, picnic site and croquet. Wakehurst Place – Managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew it houses the “Millenium Seed Bank Project”.
South of England Show Ground – Exhibition and show site.
Bluebell Railway – At the southern end of the railway the station is at nearby Sheffield Park.


Road – The town is on the A272 road which runs east to west from the A267 just north west of Heathfield to Winchester in Hampshire.
Rail – Haywards Heath has 1 railway station and is served by trains on the Brighton Line.

Brief History

Haywards Heath is a relatively modern development as a settlement. There have been dwellings scattered around the area since Medieval times, including Borde Hill House. It was not until the arrival of the railway to Sussex in the mid 19th century did the town start to grow. The Sussex County Lunatic Asylum was opened here in 1859, it’s name was later changed to St Francis’s Hospital.

Famous People

Robert Kazinsky – Played Sean Slater in EastEnders, was born in the town.
Daley Thompson – Olympic Decathlon Champion in 1980 & 1984
Brett Anderson – Former lead singer with “Suede”, a Britpop band.

Approximate Population

The town had a population of 22,800 at the 2001 census.

Nearest Tourist Information Centre

187 High Street , Lewes , BN7 2DE
Tel: +44 (0) 1273 483448

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