Area Guide to Horsham
Horsham is a historic market town in West Sussex, located between High Weald and the South Downs on the River Arun, just over an hour’s commute from central London, approximately 20 minutes from Crawley and 45 minutes from Brighton. With a cinema and theatre, parks and woodland aplenty, museum and gallery, bowling alley and bowls, cocktail bars and country pubs, and even a birds of prey centre, Horsham has something for everyone, both young and old.
A Brief History of Horsham
Brickmaking, breweries and ironworks have created prosperity in Horsham over the centuries, but from its establishment at the end of the first millennia it has been Horsham’s market and its annual fair that have consistently drawn people to the town. The railways arrived in 1848 to connect Horsham to London and Brighton, and today it’s the insurance, IT and electronics sectors that thrive in and around the town, with several modern shopping centres continuing the tradition of the town’s market origins.
Travel and Transport
- The A24 runs next to Horsham town and carries traffic north to London and south to Worthing, where the A27 can be taken a few miles down the coast to Brighton.
- The A264, north of Horsham, can be taken to Crawley.
- Horsham has two railway stations, Horsham and Littlehaven, both on the same line which runs to Chichester and Portsmouth in the south to Gatwick Airport, London Victoria and London Bridge stations in the North.
- Accessible by rail or road, Gatwick Airport is only a short distance from the town.
Schools and Education
Because of its proximity to London, its stunning countryside surroundings and its schools, Horsham draws in many families. Schools are vital to this trend and luckily Horsham has many excellent ones. The area has 44 primary schools, 5 secondary schools, 4 special needs schools and 7 independent schools. And of these, 7 primary, 3 secondary and 1 special needs school are currently rated as Outstanding by Ofsted.
Central Sussex College is in Crawley and the universities of Kent, Sussex and Brighton are within easy reach.
Lifestyle and Entertainment
It has always been important to us that we are known as trusted local experts, and no matter whether you seek us out online or walk into one of our branches, you’ll find us an estate agency with strong local connections and unrivalled local knowledge of the Horsham and wider West Sussex area. Therefore, no guide would be complete without a brief ‘where to go’ section.
- Culture. Horsham Museum and Gallery contains a thousand years of Horsham history, as well as being a place of fun for children’s activities, events and exhibitions.
- For the kids. The gardens and aviaries at Huxley’s Bird of Prey Centre are great to explore and to see these fabulous birds up close is an amazing experience. High Places is a high ropes course on Hurst Road for the daring to try to conquer.
- Green spaces. Warnham Nature Reserve is 90 acres of ponds, grassland and woodlands, home to hundreds of species of plants and birds, dragonflies and small mammals. The Nymans estate is owned by the National Trust, and surrounding a stunning old house and ruins is a garden and woodlands to venture around.
- Nights out. The Venue is Horsham’s nightclub with seasonal, under-18 and weekend clubbing for all, then there are plenty of bars, restaurants and pubs to try on a night out in town.