All you need to know about Horley

Horley is a town in Surrey, part of the borough of Reigate and Banstead. It’s situated close to West Sussex, and in driving distance of the towns Redhill and Reigate. It lies north of Gatwick Airport, and enjoys fast connections into London. Horley is twinned with another town called Vimy – which is located in the Hauts-de-France region of France. Officially a commuter town, it has a population of more than 22,000, and roughly 30% of its residents work locally.

Horley has a history dating back to Saxon Times. In the 17th century, the town consisted of three hamlets and had a large open common. In 1809, two new roads were introduced to the town in a bid to increase links to Gatwick and London. Shortly thereafter a train station was built, and, since then, Horley’s population has grown considerably.

Today, Horley is a busy commuter town with various business parks. It has a large high street, full of shops and boasts a number of attractions. Popular sites include the Gatwick Aviation Museum, Priory Park and the Redhill Aviation Flight Centre. For a memorable stage production, visit the Archway Theatre, and, for nature, look no further than the British Wildlife Centre – located in nearby Lichfield. Other places worth seeing are Tilgate Park and Tulleys Farm – both of which are commuting distance from Horley. Horley is also known for its sport. It’s home to Horley Town F.C., and also boasts a hockey club, cricket club, tennis club and bowls club.

Horley is covered by a number of Metrobus routes which link to Redhill, Crawley, East Grinstead, Three Bridges and Caterham. Horley Train Station is the town’s main train station and sits on the Brighton Mainline. From Horley, you can catch a train to Horsham, Bedford and Peterborough. The closest airport to Horley is Gatwick Airport, at roughly two miles away.

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