Situated between London and Brighton, the large town of Crawley has actually been inhabited since the Stone Age. As an important destination on the route between London and Brighton, Crawley evolved into a market town and a crucial point of rest for travellers on their journey.

Despite being often overlooked in favour of its more famous neighbours, like Brighton and Lewes, Crawley has some interesting attractions and plenty of parks. So it's an ideal place for a short break and is a convenient destination for business, especially as Gatwick Airport is only a few miles away.

Old Coaching Inn, Crawley
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The Travelodge Crawley is right in the heart of the town centre, and is well connected to both London and Brighton. Travelodge Horsham Central is another convenient option, being broadly equidistant between Crawley and Horsham town centre - great for business trips.

If golf's your thing, then head down to Horsham Golf Club for its short but challenging course, complete with water features. For more outdoor pursuits, Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens is an ideal spot for a picnic. If you're looking for a room for the night before jet-setting off on holiday, then Travelodge Gatwick Central offers comfortable accommodation in close proximity to both airport terminals.

Things to do in Crawley

Lose yourself in the Nymans National Trust House and Gardens; this is a gorgeous historic property with plenty of family activities, including creative and photography workshops for both children and adults, and guided garden walks.

Nearby Hawth Theatre is just right for a night out, offering a range of cultural performances including classical music and opera, as well as sway dance and comedy nights. There is also a cinema, and dining options to make the most of your evening's entertainment. If you're into theme park rides, then don't miss Chessington World of Adventures, an ideal day out for the family, and just the place to enjoy thrills and spills galore.