Review of Crawley by Geraldine Todd on August 16th, 2006
For the thousands of travellers who travel out of Gatwick airport, if staying overnight in the area they could visit Crawley which is very easily reached by car. Crawley is a bustling town with a huge variety of shops, eating places and pubs. The undercover Mall is a very modern shopping precinct where the local tourist board staff are happy to give advice to visitors. Not only does Crawley have a shopping area there are a number of large recreation parks in and around the centre. Tilgate Park with over 400 acres of gardens, woodland and lakes with a nature centre is certainly worth visiting. Crawley has a leisure centre where there is a multi-screen cinema, bowling facilities and eateries. Ideal for families to enjoy some activities together. Obviously I cannot cover every asect of Crawley but please remember next time you stay-over near Gatwick to take some time out and visit Crawley itself I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
Review of Crawley by Pete Butler on March 28th, 2006
A rather overlooked 'part' of Crawley, is the ancient village of Ifield. Sitting to the west of the Crawley town centre, it has a beautiful Medieavl church and quaint streets, at its historic heart. The Quakers House is reputed to be THE first Quaker meeting place in the world, and nestled beside it is a lovely little cemetery. Ifield Railway Station is situated at the norternmost end of Ifield Lane, originally being called 'Ifield Halt', and being built in 1906. Ifield is easily reached by train from Horsham, or Three Bridges, and I would recommend a visit to anyone who likes the idea of an Olde English village..but you have to walk through the busier part to reach the village heart! Notice too, the vast number of ancient oak trees, that once obviously lined the lanes in Medieval times. Ifield, of course, is mentioned in the great Domesday Book.