Crawley expanded rapidly as a New Town in the 20th century but the historic High Street remains surprisingly intact and it is worth walking this way to visit the Museum which moved to its current site in July 2018. The original railway station was adjacent to the level crossing at the south end of the High Street and parts of the old platforms can be seen. Crawley Bus Station is across the road from the railway station. Crawley PlusBus tickets are valid within the Crawley, Gatwick Airport and Three Bridges urban area but NOT to Handcross for Nymans (see below).
Displays and objects cover the history of the town and the local area, from prehistory to the Victorian town
and the 20th century New Town development. Highlights include a 1903 Rex Forecar and a Bronze Age sword.
Temporary exhibitions and events programme. Tel. 01293 539088.
Open WThFS 1030-1600, Sun 1400-1630.
A Sussex Weald garden developed in the 20th century by three generations of the Messel family.
Historic collection of plants and shrubs. Woodland walks. House open Mar-Oct.
Restaurant and refreshment kiosk. Tel. 01444 405250.
Open Daily 1000-1700 (1600 Nov-Feb).
Bus 271/273 from Bus Station to Handcross, Red Lion, at the far end of the village and near Nymans entrance. Stops are displayed and announced on the bus. M-S every 1-2 hours, Sun & BH infrequent, 15 minutes journey. The return bus stop for both routes is in the centre of Handcross (¼ mile from Nymans), only the 271 stops nearer Nymans. Operated by Metrobus. Buses also operate from Haywards Heath.