Local Attractions

The Town Museum

Located in Cantelupe Road, just off the historic High Street, on the site of the former cattle market, the museum is of an outstanding modern design.

The museum is run by an independent board of trustees subsequent to the donation of the site which was purchased by the Town Council. Not only is the history of the town displayed in an innovative manner, but the museum also has a large archive of still and movie footage which can be viewed by appointment.

An important part of the Museum’s collection relates to the work of Sir Archibald McIndoe and the famous Guinea Pig Club, which is of both national and international importance and an exhibition entitled ‘Rebuilding Bodies and Souls’ about his pioneering work is on permanent display.

www.eastgrinsteadmuseum.org.uk

Floral East Grinstead

The High St Flower Beds have become a much admired feature of the town in recent years and have been managed by the Town Council since 2012. The beds are re planted three times a year with winter, spring and summer bedding plants supplied by Ferrings Nursery. Summer planting is themed by the Council to recognise local and national events and historical anniversaries which often compliment temporary exhibitions at the Town Museum.

Standen, National Trust

On the Southern outskirts of the town lies Standen, the National Trust’s flagship Arts and Crafts country house. Famous for its William Morris wallpapers, textiles and contemporary fittings, the house was built in the 1890s by architect Philip Webb. The House and the acres of gardens and walks with superb views over the Medway Valley are open from March to November.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/standen-house-and-garden

Kingscote Valley

‘The Kingscote Valley’ sits within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and it is an ideal location for those wanting to experience the ‘great outdoors’. Read more here.

The Bluebell Railway

The Bluebell Railway the country’s premier restored steam railway, how has its Northern Terminus in East Grinstead, adjacent to our brand new main line station. The track runs through 11 miles of outstanding natural beauty, calling at the country stations of Kingscote and Horsted Keynes and down to the Bluebell main terminus at Sheffield Park. Here you can see the biggest and most historic collection of locomotives and rolling stock outside of the National Railway Museum. Also there is a restaurant, museum and shop as well as the Bluebell’s own Golden Arrow Pullman train, a unique railway dining experience! You can ride all day, stopping off at the stations en route if you wish, and there are special events through the year.

www.bluebell-railway.com

Other attractions

Indoor swimming and a range of other sports can be found at the Kings Centre.

A three screen cinema Scotts Cinema is located in the centre of the town.

Walkers and cyclists have a wide choice of walks and trails that leave the town for the surrounding countryside. The beautiful Forest and Worth Ways both start in the town and form part of the Sustrans National Cycle Trail. The long distance High Weald Landscape Trail also passes through the town from Horsham en route to the sea at Rye.

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