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Haslett Ave East,
Crawley, RH10 1UA
England, UK

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Top 4 Reasons To Visit Crawley At Least Once

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Think Crawley is boring? Think again! Despite what people may think, the town of Crawley has a lot to offer. From incredible parks and historic buildings to escape rooms and outdoor activities, there really is something for everyone. In this blog, our Crawley hotel explores 5 top reasons to visit at least once. Read on for some inspiration! 


It’s got some incredible parks

Crawley is full of stunning parks and green spaces, which are filled with wildlife. Escape the hustle and bustle and surround yourself with nature at one of the many parks that the town has to offer. Some of the best include Tilgate Park, Buchan Country Park and Worth Park Gardens. Thrill-seekers can head to GO APE and the new water-themed park at Tilgate Park. 


Tilgate Park

It has a fascinating history

Every town has a story to tell, and Crawley is no different. There are a number of incredible castles just a short drive from our hotel in Crawley. Hever Castle dates back to 1270 and was once the childhood home to Anne Boleyn; second wife of Henry VIII. Discover fine furniture, antiques and important collection of Tudor paintings, as well as two prayer books signed by Anne Boleyn. Or explore the remains of Bramber Castle, built soon after the Norman conquest to help William protect his territories.


Hever Castle[photo credit: Hever Castle]

It offers fantastic outdoor activities

Crawley is the ultimate destination for thrill-seekers! Situated conveniently between London and Brighton, Southern Pursuits offers a range of adrenaline-filled activities, from quad biking and off-road karting to clay pigeon shooting and archery. The attraction also offers a number of packages for corporate events, as well as stag and hen parties! 


Southern Pursuits[photo credit: Southern Pursuits]

It has some of the best escape rooms

Ranked #2 in the world for escape rooms on TripAdvisor, Tulleys Escape Rooms & Games offer an unforgettable experience and guess’s based right here in Crawley. With a number of themed escape rooms, ranging from easy to hard, there is something for every ability. Try your hand at Uncle Tick-Tock’s Circus or immerse yourself in the pirate-themed room, Mutiny – all hands on deck!


Escape Rooms

There are many reasons to stay at the Holiday Inn Express Gatwick – Crawley. As well as its close proximity to Gatwick Airport, the hotel also provides a stay-and-fly offer and kids get to stay for free! 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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