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Burgess Hill railway station has a regular service on the London to Brighton line, as does Wivelsfield railway station, which serves the North end of the town. This line also connects the town with Gatwick Airport. There is also a bus service from Haywards Heath, Cuckfield, Brighton and other local towns and villages. To get to Burgess Hill by road, use the M23/A23 road and exit at the Hickstead junction. Taxi ranks are located outside Burgess Hill railway station and the town centre.
Generally speking however Burgess Hill is a typical British town with a good shop & nightlife selection for a town of its size. Nothing particullary special here but good to get a feel of a typical southern English town, about 30,000 - 40,000 residents.
Walking or possibly cycling is the best way to get around in this small town. Cycling may cause a problem however: Burgess Hill - as the name suggests - is rather hilly. There are also good local bus routes and taxis available, with a taxi rank outside the railway station. There are two railway stations in Burgess Hill, with Wivelsfield station slightly further north, and Burgess Hill station closer to the town centre. The Town Council runs a Tourist Information Centre/Help Point: http://www.burgesshill.gov.uk/helppointservices_index.htm
St Johns Park in the middle of the town, and Batchelors Farm, Bedelands and Ditchling Common Nature Reserves on the southern, northern and eastern outskirts of Burgess Hill respectively.
Go walking around Burgess Hill. It has many parks and nature reserves on the outskirts and is surrounded by the beautiful Sussex scenery in all directions.
Burgess Hill's main shopping area is The Market Place and is a small indoor shopping precinct featuring many well-known stores such as
as well as many independent stores and cafes.
The Martlets is Burgess Hill's second shopping area. The majority of the shops in the Martlets are independent shops.
There is also a large Tesco's supermarket about 30 mins walk from the center of town or a short bus journey.
In the centre of the town are plently of cafes and coffee houses, including [email protected], shown on the Channel 4 TV programme, Risking It All, and also a Costa Coffee. For takeaways, Burgess Hill has McDonalds, Uncle Sams, and KFC Outlets. There is also a selection of pizza takeaways, and a couple of Italian restaurants as well as Fish and Chip shops and Chinese and Indian restaurants. There is a Waitrose, a Somerfield, a Lidl, and an Iceland supermarket (all in the town centre) and a large Tesco superstore on the southern outskirts of Burgess Hill.
Somerfield stores has now unfortuantley closed down as the lease was up on the buliding and they had not often money to renew!
There are a number of pubs and bars in Burgess Hill town centre, including The Railway, which is considered one of the more popular pubs due to it's location by the train station. Jacobs Post, The Top House and The Potters are all within convenient walking distance from Burgess Hill railway station. These and others are popular places, especially with the younger crowd.
Recently, a new night club opened called Code it is adjacent to the bar Pulse, which has just undergone a re-fit to modernise itself more and appeal to a "younger" crowd.
Other pubs, which cater to a more 'traditional' crowd include The Weald on Royal George Road and The Brewers Arms on London Road. For people seeking live music and a good atmosphere, there is The Kings Head on London Road and The Junction, on Junction Road. Wivlesfield railway station is located next to The Watermill Inn, and a 15 minute walk from The Windmill. There are a couple of other pubs in the town too.
There is some accommodation dotted about the town, including 'Daisy Lodge B&B'.
Brighton is a major seaside city and very easily accessible from the town, by train from both of the town's stations, by bus, or by car via the A23.
London - There are direct frequent trains to both London Bridge and London Victoria stations.
Crawley is a major town and shopping area about 15 miles to the north.
Horsham is a picturesque historic town to the west.
Lewes is also an attractive historic town, a short drive to the south-east.