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

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Top Family Attractions Near Crawley

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Visiting Crawley with the whole family? Here are some of the top family-friendly attractions from our Gatwick Airport hotel!


Waterlea Adventure Playground 


Let the kids blow off some steam at Waterlane Adventure Playground! If the weather is fine, our hotel in Crawley would suggest taking the little ones here. The adventure playground is mainly outdoors, however, has some indoor facilities and boasts a hectic programme of daily and seasonal events including inflatable fun, craft sessions and so much more!


Waterlea Adventure Playground[photo credit:]

British Wildlife Centre


Come and discover fascinating animals at the British Wildlife Centre. From foxes, badgers and cats to owls and tiny mice, get up close to over 40 different native species in the UK. This winter, they are giving all paying visitors FREE admission vouchers for a return entry – which are valid until the end of March 2020. 


British Wildlife Centre[photo credit: British Wildlife Centre]


Tulleys Farm and Escape Rooms


Tulleys Farm offers much more than your typical farm, as well as an animal patch, it boasts a tearoom, escape rooms and games and a busy calendar of events, including Europe’s largest Scream Park – Tulleys Shocktober Fest! It’s escape rooms are ranked #2 in the world on TripAdvisor – which takes you on a journey as you unlock secrets and attempt to break free.


Escape Rooms


Go Ape Crawley


Have an adrenaline-fuelled day and lots of family fun at Go Ape Crawley! With treetop adventure courses, challenges and forest segway rides, this attraction is perfect for families with older kids who aren’t afraid of a little adventure. Located in Tilgate Park, you really can spend the whole day here, afterwards explore the beautiful lawns, walled garden cafe and nature centre.


Go Ape Crawley[photo credit: Day out with the kids]

Thorpe Park


Fancy venturing a little further afield? Then not why head to Thorpe Park, just an hour’s drive from our hotel in Crawley. The ultimate destination for thrill-seekers, the theme park is home to 30 rides and attractions such as the fastest roller coaster in the UK, Stealth which launches riders to 205ft at 80mph!  


Thorpe Park[photo credit: Thorpe Park]

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 & 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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