Horley is often referred to as the gateway to Gatwick airport, but despite its convenience for international travel it still retains the charm of a real community. With easy access for travel, it’s a highly sought-after spot to live with both Brighton and London within reach too.
Lying within the county of Surrey and just north of Gatwick Airport, aviation plays a big part in the town. For visitors, the nearby Gatwick Aviation Museum is worth a trip with its collection of classic aircraft. A great place to browse through UK aviation history, there’s a number of aircraft from World War II up to the 1970s which were considered to be pioneering designs at the time.
Just a short distance outside Horley is Lingfield Race Course, one of the few all-weather racing courses in the UK. With races on all year round, including on turf during the summer, it’s a popular spot for horse racing fans.
The high street runs through the middle of Horley, and it’s a very typical British town centre. With a collection of shops, bars, restaurants and pubs, there’s plenty to while away a few pleasant hours, day or night. One of the pubs is particularly worth a visit: The Olde Six Bells. The name is a bit of a giveaway as it is indeed old; the second oldest pub in the UK. Dating back to the 9th century, it takes its name from the original bells of St Bartholomew’s Church, located next door.
If you enjoy a tipple and are looking for a day out, Denby’s Wine Estate is just a short coach ride away. With vineyard and winery tours, plus experience days, it’s a wonderful chance to see the wine-making process up close.