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The area is a haven for the naturalist and hiker alike with forest and garden there to explore. It is also ideal as a base for visitors to other areas in Sussex.


Horsham Museum – Housed in a Medieval timbered house.
Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens – Seven lakes set in 240 acres of land.
St Leonard’s Forest – A wooded area to the east of the town.
Huxley’s Bird of Prey Centre – Bird handling displays, garden with tropical plants.
Warnham Nature Reserve – Millpond, birdhides, boardwalks around wet areas.


Road – The A24 London to Worthing Trunk Road bypasses the town to the western side and the A283 passes through the town.
Rail – The town has two railway stations, Horsham and Littlehaven and are on the Crawley Branch Line which runs to Chichester.

Brief History

The Saxon King Eadred granted a charter in AD947 and so the town began. In the Middle Ages Horsham became a market town with its mainly agricultural inhabitants selling their produce and buying local made goods. Between 1500 and 1800 tanning and brewing industries grew in the town and in 1791 the first bank opened. There was flourishing ironmaking industry in the area of St Leonard’s Forest around the 16th century.  Brickmaking, using the local Wealden clay has been carried out in the town since the 19th century.

Famous People

Hammond Innes – Author, books include Campbell’s Kingdom, The Strode Venturer, The Wreck of the Mary Deare and many others. Born in Horsham.
Eric Thompson – Actor & narrator of “The Magic Roundabout.”
Junior Campbell – Lead guitarist and songwriter with pop rock band Marmalade.Percy Bysche Shelley – Poet, born & grew up in Horsham

Approximate Population

The population recorded in 2008 was 55,657.

Nearest Tourist Information Centre

9 The Causeway, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1HE
Tel: 01403 211661

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Visitor Information for other Sussex areas
> Arundel
> Battle
> Bexhill
> Billingshurst
> Bognor Regis
> Brighton
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> Chichester
> Crawley
> Crowborough
> East Grinstead
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> Hassocks
> Hastings
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> Lancing
> Lewes
> Littlehampton
> Mayfield
> Midhurst
> Newhaven
> Peacehaven
> Petworth
> Pevensey
> Polegate
> Pulborough

> Robertsbridge
> Rye
> Seaford

> Shoreham
> St Leonards
> Steyning
> Uckfield
> Wadhurst
> Winchelsea
> Worthing

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