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East Grinstead

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East Grinstead

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East Grinstead[1] is a town in West Sussex, in the South East of England.


East Grinstead is an ancient market town that was the capital of the old High Weald, and lies at the meeting point of the four counties of Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex and Surrey. The carol Good King Wenceslas was written at the town's Sackville College.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

The main roads into East Grinstead are the A22, which runs from the M25 down to Eastbourne and Brighton (as the A26), and the A264, which runs from Tunbridge Wells through East Grinstead to Crawley and Gatwick Airport.

By train[edit]

East Grinstead is connected by rail to London Victoria and London Bridge stations. Fare and timetable information is available from Southern, tel. 08457 484950.

By bus[edit]

Bus services in East Grinstead are more limited than that of other towns in this area. There are services to Haywards Heath and Crawley, with stops made on many villages in between.

Get around[edit]

The centre of East Grinstead is fairly small, and can easily be travelled on foot. As with most other towns in England, the town is well serviced by buses and taxis.

By bus[edit]

Metrobus is the main bus company that operates buses in East Grinstead. Timetables and fares are available on Metrobus. Buy your ticket from the driver when you board the bus. There are also buses from Eastbourne Buses (No. 54) and No. 409 from London buses. Tandridge (Surrey) council Buses4You will transport you from Oxted or Surrey villages, to and from East Grinstead (but not during morning & afternoon school bus times).

By taxi[edit]

The main taxi rank is at the train station, although you can order a taxi by telephone to pick you up from anywhere.

  • Acorn Cars - (01342) 410518
  • Ivy Dene Cars - (01342) 835835
  • Raceline Cars - (01342) 317555
  • Roadrunners - (01342) 324444
  • Southdown Cars - (01342) 317400

See[edit][add listing]

  • Sackville College, High Street, tel: (01892) 770179 / (01342) 326561. Open Wednesday-Saturday, 14:00-17:00 from June to September. A beautiful 17th century sandstone almshouse, where the carol Good King Wenceslas was penned. Admission: £3.50 for adults, £1 for children. Sackville College
  • Standen, West Hoathly Road, tel: 01342 323029, e-mail: [email protected] Opening times - House: Wednesday-Sunday, 11:00-16:30 (last entry at 16:00) from March to October, plus Mondays in July and August; Garden: Wednesday-Sunday, 11:00-17:30 from March to October plus Mondays in July and August; Friday-Sunday, 11:00-15:00 in November and December. The National Trust's flagship Arts and Crafts country house, internationally renowned for its William Morris wallpapers, textiles and contemporary fittings. Also has extensive landscaped gardens. Admission: £7.50 for adults, £3.75 for children. National Trust - Standen
  • The church of St Swithun's - contains the graves of the Sussex Martyrs
  • East Grinstead also has a brand new state of the art Museum[2], located just off the High Street in Cantelupe Road tel: 01342 302233 Open Wednesday to Saturday 10.00 - 16.00 Sundays 14.00- 17.00 Admission is free e-mail [email protected]

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Visit the town's excellent museum.
  • Check out the local Theatre & Arts Centre, Chequer Mead - one of the best purpose-built venues in the south, with a good range of professional and community-based events.
  • The Bluebell Railway[3],England's premier restored steam railway, has its Northern terminus at the Network Rail station. Trains steam through the heart of the Sussex Weald throughout the year.
  • Explore the wealth of walks and trails that lead from the town into the surrounding countryside. Several long distance trails pass through or near the town, such as the High Weald Landscape Trail and the Sustrans[4] National Cycle Network Route 21 passes through the town.
  • Also well known to climbers are the Stone Rocks overlooking the Weir Wood Reservoir on the outskirts of the town. There is free access to climbing these rocks which are suitable for most ages and levels of skills.
  • The longest row of 14th century timber framed buildings in England, which are located on near the top of the High Street.
  • The town is also an area of outstanding sporting excellence with an enviable range of facilities for all sports.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Mc Donalds, Wimpy and Starburger Express all have outlets in the town.
  • A few Italian chains like Prezzo and Pizza express have restaurants on the historic high street.
  • One of the best and least well-known to visitors (but not to locals!) is the Cuisine Studio in the town's Theater & Arts Centre, Chequer Mead
  • Lots of take-away outlets in the town. Generally, the best place for fish 'n' chips is considered to be Taylors, with queues stretching out onto the street at weekends. There are also several Indian restaurants such as Nizam Indian Restaurant, Shapla (good takeaway) and Chinese take-away restaurant places.

Drink[edit][add listing]

The town boasts a number of pubs. JD Weatherspoons have a branch, located on the ground floor of the Atrium Entertainment complex. The broadway, located on Railway Approach is another large venue. There are also a number of other smaller pubs located throughout the town.

Crows Nest - Live Bands every week The Dorset Arms - Gastropub The Sussex Arms - Now very much upmarket The Sportsman - One of the smallest pubs you can find. Hidden down an alley and very much a "back street boozer" with some odd characters.

Poision IV or Bliss for nightclubs.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

The Town's Tourism Initiative has a full listing of all accommodation on their website [5]


  • Local weekly newspaper - East Grinstead Courier and Observer.
  • Community radio station - 107 Meridian FM, on 107FM and online.

Get out[edit]

Other places of interest in the East Grinstead area

  • Lingfield Park Racecourse, Racecourse Road, Lingfield, Surrey. Tel: (01342) 834800. Buy tickets from the Official Site.
  • The Bluebell Railway. Timetable and fare information is available here.
  • Ashdown Forest is nearby, for walking, wildlife and Winnie The Pooh. (wikitravel page:Ashdown Forest)
  • Ashdown Forest Llama Park, 5 miles south of East Grinstead down the A22
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