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Top things to do near Gatwick Airport

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There is nothing worse than your flight being delayed, especially if it’s for several hours or EVEN days! Although it may be frustrating, when you’re flying from Gatwick Airport, there are a number of things to do in the surrounding area, which are sure to keep you entertained before your next flight.


In this blog, our Gatwick Airport hotel explores four things to do close to Gatwick Airport. Read on…


Gatwick Aviation Museum

Located just a mile from Gatwick Airport lays Gatwick Aviation Museum, perfect for plane fanatics and those interested in history. Housing a unique collection of British aircraft from the “golden age” of aircraft manufacture – from the end of WWII to cold war, there are a plethora of artefacts to discover. The museum also has a nature trail which is full of plants, greenery and woodland animals.

Gatwick Aviation Museum[photo credit: Gatwick Aviation Museum]

TeamSport Crawley

Grab your helmet and get your game face on at TeamSport Crawley Go Karting site! The perfect attraction for older children (and adults) who are up for a challenge and enjoy getting active, the site is just a mere mile from the airport. Custom-designed by professional racing engineers, both courses present those getting involved with the ultimate challenge – the average lap time stands at 26 seconds, so the question is, can you beat it?!

TeamSport Crawley Go Karting[photo credit: TeamSport Crawley]

Tulleys Farm

If you have several hours, or potentially a few days to kill, Tulleys Farm serves as the perfect family-friendly attraction. Around 5 miles away from the airport, located in the countryside, Tulleys Farm is the ideal place to keeping the little one entertained whilst waiting for the next connecting flight. As well as being home to farmyard animals, the farm also has a Maize Maze, Tearooms and one the countries best-rated Escape Rooms.

Farm with Animals


Buchan Country Park

Don’t stay stuck in the airport lounge, get out in the open, breathe in the fresh air and immerse yourself in nature at Buchan Country Park. A Green Flag Award winning site, every year since 2010, the Crawley park offers one of the green spaces in the UK. An excellent place for a walk, picnic or just grazing on the grass. What’s more, the park is home to dragonflies, Great Crested Grebes and grass snakes, making it perfect for wildlife spotting. Just 5 miles from Gatwick Airport.

Buchan Country Park
Holiday Inn Express Gatwick – Crawley is near to Gatwick Airport and offers a smart, affordable hotel in Crawley, sure to give you a great night’s sleep. Contact the hotel team now to check availability or call 01293 525 523.

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Holiday Inn Express Gatwick Crawley Reviews



Absolutely fantastic hotel... Booked it as a package, a very economical package with Purple Parking via Holiday Extras on our way to California via Gatwick Airport. One of the cleanest, hassle free hotels I have ever stayed in and I completely, 100% will recommend them to anyone travelling via Gatwick and will certainly use this hotel again myself. Breakfast was awesome, just what we needed to set us up for our 10 hour flight.



Very comfortable stay. Breakfast very good and staff very attentive. Easy to find and great value for money. Very welcoming and nice quiet hotel. Staff great could not fault anything. Nice and handy for Gatwick.



We stayed here before our flight to Crete and got a Hotel & Parking package. It was easy to find, the staff were very efficient & friendly and we had a ground floor room, which was lovely & clean. Overall a nice relaxing stay before our trip, we would definitely stay again.



This hotel was lovely and had a lovely vibe as lots of the holiday customers were excited . The hotel staff were very chatty and friendly. We arrived at the hotel too late for food but were told we could get sandwiches made up. However, we were shattered so we didn't bother taking up this generous offer. Our room was lovely and had complementary free WiFi so the kids were happy. We left our car at the hotel for a week which was secure and looked after. When we returned at 2am the following week, the staff were just as lovely and helpful. We were very happy with the service and we look forward to doing it all again next year.



Just stayed in the Holiday Inn Express at Crawley before flying out of Gatwick Airport. We booked our stay via APH car parks. We had a really good stay and the hotel had nice, clean and modern rooms with a good comfy bed. We had the added bonus of a breakfast included & check in was nice and simple with overnight parking. Well worth it to be nice and fresh for the airport.


Buckie, Scotland

Stayed at Holiday Inn Express Crawley for 3 nights during an in-between London/Brighton break. The breakfast was good and had a variety of foods on offer. The hotel was very clean as were the bathroom/bedrooms!


Amsterdam, Netherlands

The hotel, the breakfast, the rooms, staff are great! Hotel is located near the centre of Crawley and offers various services! We were here with a large group and the service were great! Breakfast was fine and offered several things!



We stayed at Holiday Inn Express Crawley and paid for the Stay & Park package as we had an early flight the next day. I have stayed here on business before, however I forgot how good it was. Quick check in and everything was clean. We had dinner at the bar and the food was excellent, I could not fault a thing. Worth every penny!



We originally booked for one night but decided to extend our stay for another night. The staff were extremely helpful and only charged us the same rate for the second night as the first. The Hotel reception and lounge (where breakfast is) is lovely and modern. The rooms are clean and well designed and we couldn't hear any noise from the airport or roads. Breakfast was good and it wasn't too busy. Overall a nice hotel that's good value for money.


Cardiff, Wales

We picked this hotel again to park the car during our holiday and stay overnight when we got back as our flight did not arrive until early morning. 1st class service, excellent value and very helpful staff. Would highly recommend this hotel.

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