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Haslett Ave East,
Crawley, RH10 1UA
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Top Things To Do In Brighton This Winter

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Winter is in full swing, but it’s not all doom and gloom, there are plenty of things to do in Brighton this season. Many tourists flock to the seaside town in summer but what many people don’t know is that it’s also a fantastic place for a day trip in winter too. Here are some ideas of what to do in Brighton this winter from our Gatwick hotel!


Brave the cold on the seafront

There might be a chill in the air, but it doesn’t mean you need to stay indoors this winter. Wrap up warm, get yourself a hot drink in a travel mug and head out for a walk on the promenade. Why not stop off at Brighton Pier and play a couple of arcade games, or brave the rides before continuing your walk along the seafront?


Brighton Seafront


Shopping in The Lanes Brighton

Whether you need to pick up some last-minute Christmas presents, or just fancy treating yourself, The Lanes is the place to go. With a whole host of independent, boutique and vintage shops, you could easily spend hours here. Refuel at one of many cafes and restaurants, our Gatwick hotel would recommend The Breakfast Club!


The Lanes Brighton


Ice skating at the Royal Pavilion 

Get in the spirit of Christmas and go ice skating at the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink, with the spectacular Royal Pavilion palace forming the backdrop. Strap on your skates and get on the ice, or if you’d prefer, sit and watch in the Rinkside Bar & Kitchen with a hot choccy and some festive treats!


Royal Pavilion Ice Rink


Watch a film at Duke of York Picture House

We know, you can go to the cinema anywhere, but what makes Duke of York Picture House in Brighton so special is that it’s the UK’s oldest purpose-built cinema! Opening in 1910, the cinema has retained many of its original features and is a fantastic place to spend a rainy day in Brighton. 


Duke of York Picture House


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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