Visiting Crawley – A Guide
For many visitors, Crawley's big selling point is its location, minutes from Gatwick Airport (LGW) and less than an hour from London. It's home to thriving businesses, modern shopping and leisure centres, and natural beauty nearby in the rolling South Downs and the Surrey Hills.
Whether you’re visiting on business or stopping over, there’s plenty to keep you amused.
Crawley: town layout
Crawley's town centre is bounded by Crawley Avenue (A2011) and the M23 motorway. The main shopping area is between Station Way and The Boulevard.
To the east, Three Bridges and Worth are residential districts close to the M23. Manor Royal Business District, between the town and Gatwick Airport, is home to more than 300 businesses, including Virgin Atlantic.
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Hotels in Crawley
Most hotels in Crawley are close to the two main highways that loop round the town centre, the A2011 and the M23 motorway. Travellers seeking easy access to Gatwick Airport and the Manor Royal Business District often stay here, on the outskirts of town.
Three Bridges and Worth are peaceful residential districts. Close to the M23, they also have fast links to Gatwick, via Three Bridges train station.
If catching that early flight is paramount, you can stay right beside the airport. You’ll still have easy access to the restaurants and entertainment in the town centre.
Eating Out in Crawley
International eateries and cosy pubs dominate Crawley's dining scene. You'll find Italian, Mexican, Indian, Chinese and Thai restaurants in the town centre. Takeaway joints offer kebabs, pizza and fish and chips.
At The Hawth theatre, you can enjoy a pre-show dinner at Café Viva and an interval drink at one of two bars.
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Shopping in Crawley
Crawley's main shopping area is close to the station, between Station Way and The Boulevard. You'll find more than 90 shops, including Debenhams, Boots, Primark, Body Shop and Monsoon, at County Mall Shopping Centre on Station Way. You can pick up fresh local produce at the open-air market in Queens Square, held every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Antique hunters can rummage for bargains in the traffic-free Lanes in buzzy Brighton, only 30 minutes away by train.
Antique Shopping in Brighton
Culture & Nightlife in Crawley
Crawley's cultural scene has plenty to please visitors. In the city centre, The Hawth hosts ballet, opera, musicals and live rock and jazz. Its Studio theatre shows arthouse films, as well as drama and opera transmitted live from London's National Theatre and Royal Opera House.
For a bigger choice, hop on a train to buzzing Brighton, half an hour away.
Clubbing in Crawley
Visiting Crawley with a Family
There’s more family fun at Goff’s Park, where you can ride miniature trains on the 700-metre Goff's Park Light Railway.
If it Rains: Indoor Family Fun in Crawley