By Gatwick Airport being UK’s 2nd largest airport, a frustrated and chaotic atmosphere is certain, making it justifiable for you to look for more entertaining ways to spend your layover hours, instead of just waiting inside the airport.
On the other hand with it being just 30 miles away from London, it may be an ideal destination for a short city-break, while taking advantage of airport amenities could lead to a very profitable budget.
Either way, there are plenty of locations to explore and sites to visit and stroll around, nearby Gatwick Airport, utilising the cheap airport parking services and making your tour with ease and stress-free, using local transportation to access them directly.
Gatwick Aviation Museum (3.7 miles away)
Located in the heart of the Surrey region, Gatwick Aviation Museum is a must-see gem, including a range of exhibits, facilities and interesting events.
Be ready to discover hundreds of model aircraft, engines and instrument panels on display from the so-called Golden Era of the innovative British aircraft manufacturing.
An exhibit about Gatwick Airport, narrating its history and development through the decades, provides also interesting insights.
Important note: There is no need to book in advance
British Wildlife Center (8.5 miles away)
Make sure not to miss your chance to take a walk on the relaxing countryside, admiring more than 40 different species of the native wildlife in Britain, in an environment reflecting their natural ones, and finding out more information through the “Keeper talks”.
Important note: Pre-booking is recommended during high-season and Pets are not allowed
County Mall at Crawley (6 miles away)
In one of the closest towns to Gatwick Airport, in the centre of Crawley, the County Mall consists a famous shopping hotspot. You can either grab the chance to do some shopping choosing among over 200 different brands, or just have a nice meal -at a more affordable price than in the airport- while children are occupied at the special children’s special area.
Gatwick Escape Rooms
You want to seize your available-time and have some joyful moments with your friends or family, but it is super limited, making you feel disappointed. In fact, there is no need to! Gatwick Escape Rooms are located in a heartbeat away to the airport, just 2.2 miles away, making them the perfect solution for occasions like this one!
An amateur theatre under the railway arches in Horley town, with its origins back in 1939 and a cosy auditorium able to host up to 95 people. Several productions varying from musicals through drama to pantomime, are produced each season by its ambitious team. Grab your ticket for the upcoming performance.