Horley is a good base to use to visit South East England. Gatwick Station has trains that go to over 100 destinations. Rosemead Guest House is within easy walking distance of Horley train station where you can go to many of the attractions listed below:
Horley itself is a small town with a few independent shops and a department store Collingwood Batchellor as well as a large Waitrose supermarket.
A short drive away Crawley has the County Mall Shopping Centre with all the shops under cover. www.countymall.co.uk
Redhill is a 15 minute drive away and has the Belfry Shopping Centre; www.belfrywebsite.co.uk
Brighton (a 20 minute drive) has Churchill Square Shopping Centre and the famous Lanes. www.churchillsquare.com
You can reach London by rail from Horley Railway Station or Gatwick Airport Station, and the journey takes approximately 35 minutes. The sites worth visiting are too many to list here, but you might like to try:
Buckingham Palace - www.royal.gov.uk
Chelsea Flower Show - www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/RHS-Chelsea-Flower-Show
Houses of Parliament - www.parliament.uk
Lond Dungeon - http://www.thedungeons.com/london
London Eye - www.londoneye.com
Madame Tussaud´s - www.madametussauds.com
St Paul´s Cathedral - www.stpauls.co.uk
Tower of London - www.hrp.org.uk/toweroflondon
Westminster Abbey - www.westminster-abbey.org
At Victoria Station in London there is a Tourist Information Centre where staff are happy to advise on what to see and do. Outside Victoria Station, there are various bus companies offering hop on/ hop off tours of London www.theoriginaltour.com offers open topped double-decker bus tours of London.
BRIGHTON & THE SOUTH COAST
Brighton is just 30 minutes away by rail or road. There you can spend a pleasant day walking round the 'Lanes' with their Antique shops, or just wander along the seafront.
Brighton has a lot to offer. With the Royal Pavilion a seaside palace built for the Prince Regent (George IV), Brighton Pier (a Victorian Pier with various fairground attractions and food & Drink outlets), Brighton Sealife Centre where as well as being able to be underneath the sea creatures you can also go in a glass bottom boat and be above the sea creatures!
Love to shop but don’t like to empty your purse? Offering the latest in waterfront shopping, Brighton Marina offers some of the best bargain stores within the backdrop of a stunning quayside location: www.visitbrighton.com
HISTORY ON YOUR DOORSTEP
There are a number of historical attractions around Horley. Here are just a few:
Ashdown Forest - is now the largest free public access space in the South East. Originally a deer hunting forest in Norman times, it is a great place for walking and enjoying spectacular views over the Sussex countryside and is known the world over as the 'home' of Winnie-the-Pooh (Books by AA Milne) www.ashdownforest.org
Arundel Castle - The seat of The Dukes of Norfolk and set in 40 acres of sweeping grounds and gardens, Arundel Castle has been open to visitors seasonally for nearly 200 years www.arundelcastle.org
Bath - Nourished by natural hot springs, Bath offers a unique experience with stunning architecture, great shopping, and iconic attractions. www.visitbath.co.uk
Chartwell [former residence of Winston Churchill] - www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Hampton Court Palace - was originally built for Cardinal Wolsey, a favourite of King Henry VIII, circa 1514. It was returned to the Crown in 1529. www.hrp.org.uk/hamptoncourtpalace
Hever Castle - was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, tragic queen of King Henry VIII. Built in 13th century, it was converted into a comfortable Tudor house. www.hevercastle.co.uk
Leeds Castle - set on two islands on the River Len in the heart of Kent, has been home to royalty, lords and ladies for more than 900 years. www.leeds-castle.com
Windsor Castle - the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world and is Queen Elizabeth’s favourite weekend home. www.windsor.gov.uk
Chessington World of Adventure - www.chessington.com
Legoland, Windsor - www.legoland.co.uk
Thorpe Park - www.thorpepark.com
Polesden Lacey– a Regency country house with renowned Edwardian interiors and gardens set in beautiful downland countryside www.nationaltrust.org.uk/polesdenlacey
Scotney Castle Garden - one of England's most romantic gardens designed in the picturesque style around the ruins of a 14th-century moated castle, set in a beautiful wooded estate. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/scotney-castle
Nymans Gardens – a Sussex Weald garden famous for its beauty & collection of rare plants was developed in the 20th century by the Messel family.
Wisley Gardens - The Royal Horticultural Society's garden at Wisley, is one of the three most visited paid gardens in England. www.rhs.org.uk/WhatsOn/Gardens/Wisley
Wakehurst Place – This West Sussex garden is a satellite of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, housing the Millennium Seed Bank, and the national collection of birch trees; ... www.kew.org/visit-wakehurst
There is also a wide selection of golf courses and racecourses within easy travelling distance.
Some courses offer a pay and play system.
Lingfield Racecourse is within easy travelling distance of Horley - Flat, National Hunt and All Weather Racing are available at one of the busiest racecourses in Europe. http://www.lingfield-racecourse.co.uk/go-racing.html
There are other race-courses in the South east within driving distance of the guest house.
If you enjoy greyhound racing there is a very popular track in Brighton 20 minutes away where you can enjoy dinner over-looking the track www.brightonandhovegreyhoundstadium.co.uk
Some attractions are seasonal:
London to Brighton Vintage Car Run - on the first Sunday in November, the London to Brighton Vintage Car Rally takes place. Just along at the end of the road you can observe these old vehicles on their way to Brighton. Passengers in the vehicles are very often dressed up in Victoriana! www.lbvcr.com
London to Brighton Bike Ride - hundreds of cyclists cycling 54miles from central London to Brighton's iconic sea front in aid of charity cancer. www.bhf.org.uk/events.../bike-rides/london-to-brighton
Goodwood - is home to the Glorious Goodwood (Horse-racing throughout the summer), Festival of Speed (held in early July), the Goodwood Revival (September) - www.goodwood.co.uk
Cowpie Rally held in May is a country show that has been running for many years - www.cowpie.co.uk
Epsom Derby - the home of the famous Derby flat race - www.epsomderby.co.uk
Lingfield Racecourse - all-weather flat racing course: www.lingfield-racecourse.co.uk
South of England Show – is an agricultural show held in early June and attracts 90,000 visitors over the four days www.seas.org.uk
There are several vineyards in the southeast particularly in Kent because the soil type is very similar to northern France and with climate change the weather in the south of England has ripened the grapes sufficiently to produce good quality wines. Closer to us is Denbies English Vineyard, situated in Dorking, Surrey. An all-weather destination, this vineyard is a popular day out for local visitors and tourists from further afield or as a business venue. www.denbies.co.uk
FURTHER AFIELD – some places involve a drive but can be seen in a day
Stonehenge – 5,000 year old monument is part of the World Heritage site set near Salisbury in Wiltshire. www.stonehenge.co.uk
Bath – visit Bath and its restored Roman Baths. Visit the Victorian Royal Crescent houses and many other historical sites in the city, built on the river Avon. Another world heritage site! www.visitbath.co.uk
Channel Tunnel – it is possible to take a day trip over to Calais via the Channel Tunnel. www.eurotunnel.com
If going under the English Channel doesn’t appeal you can also cross over to Calais by ferry www.SeaFrance.co.uk
The following links give some indication of times and cost of transportation.