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East Grinstead

National Rail | station code EGR

West Sussex Offers & Links

A market town with an attractive High Street. East Grinstead PlusBus tickets are valid only within the urban area and not to attractions such as Standen.

East Grinstead Sussex

Bluebell Railway platform 3 (at station)

A preserved all-steam railway to Sheffield Park. Over 30 locomotives. Period stations. Museum and restaurant at Sheffield Park. Tel. 01825 720800.
Open please see the website.
Buses to the Bluebell Railway operate from Haywards Heath and Lewes.

East Grinstead Museum ¾ mile

Displays trace the history of the town and its neighbourhood, its characters, events, trades and institutions. Admission free. Tel. 01342 302233.
Open WThFS 1000-1600, Sun & BH 1400-1700.

Sackville College ¾ mile

A Jacobean almshouse with original furniture and a banqueting hall with a fine hammerbeam roof. Guided tours. Tel. 01342 323414.
Open mid Jun - mid Sep, WThFSSu 1400-1700, last admission 1600.

East Grinstead map

Standen NT 2½ miles or by bus then ½ mile

An Arts & Crafts family home designed by Philip Webb, friend of William Morris. Morris & Co. interiors. Hillside garden. Woodland walks. Restaurant. Tel. 01342 323029.
Open Daily 1000-1700 (1600 Nov-Feb), House opens 1100. House closed in Jan. Admission to House by guided tour only at certain times, please check website.
Bus 84 from Brooklands Way to Standen entrance and walk ½ mile. M-S every 2 to 2½ hours, 5 minutes journey. Operated by Metrobus. Buses to Standen also operate from Three Bridges.
You may also like to visit the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow and the Red House, his home in Bexleyheath.

Stay at Standen: National Trust Holiday cottage.

The Priest House West Hoathly by bus

An early 15th century timber-framed house with furnished rooms containing 17th and 18th century domestic furniture, needlework and household items. Traditional cottage garden. Tel. 01342 810479.
Open Mar-Oct, TWThFS & BH 1030-1730, Sun 1200-1730.
Bus 84 from Brooklands Way to West Hoathly. M-S every 2 to 2½ hours, 15 minutes journey. Operated by Metrobus. Buses to West Hoathly also operate from Three Bridges.

West Hoathly map

Ashdown Forest and Visitor Centre by bus

Originally a deer hunting forest, Ashdown Forest is now a large public access area of the High Weald AONB and well known as the 'home' of Winnie-the-Pooh. It is a good area for walks with great views over the Sussex Weald. Much of the area is open heathland as well as the woodland you might expect. The Visitor Centre has displays on the Forest's history and wildlife plus walks leaflets. Tel. 01342 823583. Admission free.
Open Forest open at all times. Visitor Centre SSu & BH 1100-1700, also Apr-Sep M-F 1400-1700.
Bus 261 from station to opposite Visitor Centre entrance shortly after Coleman's Hatch. 23 minutes journey, M-F only, about 2-hourly but no late afternoon return journey. Operated by Compass Travel. Buses also operate from Uckfield.

Sheffield Park and Garden NT ¾ mile from Bluebell Railway

An informal landscape garden with lakes. Rhododendrons and azaleas blooming in early summer. Spectacular autumn colours. Parkland with countryside views. Restaurant. Tel. 01825 790231.
Open Daily 1000-1700 (1600 Nov-Feb).
Please see above for details of the Bluebell Railway.
There are buses to Sheffield Park from Lewes.

Sheffield Park map