Things to do in Gatwick

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Gatwick Attractions

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Places of interest in Gatwick

Gatwick is crammed with must-see places to visit and things to do. We can help you decide where to stay in Gatwick, and make it a breeze to explore Gatwick and the surrounding areas with our guides on where to go, what to see and when to see it. No matter how long your stay, it’s easy to find places of interest in Gatwick to make sure that you enjoy your holiday to the fullest and don’t miss a thing. Leave the local knowledge to us and leave the hassle behind.

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Gatwick attractions

Gatwick has something for everyone, so whether you’re planning to get active on a summer holiday, put a spring in your step with a romantic rendezvous, or pamper yourself with a leisurely winter trip, you’ll find plenty of attractions in Gatwick to keep you entertained. Expedia makes it easy to book your flight, hotel and rental car in advance, making for hassle-free travel and freeing you up to explore the sights of Gatwick.

Looking for things to do in Gatwick can be time-consuming, but we can take the hassle out of planning your holiday. Whether you’re looking to get active in the great outdoors, sample the cuisine of Gatwick or catch up with the vibrant local culture, our guides to Gatwick attractions ensure that you’ll have a successful trip, whatever the season. Happy trails!

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1. Thames River

London’s long and tumultuous history is written upon the face of the city, and the River Thames has watched it all. A 19th-century Member of Parliament, John Burns, said it best: “The Mississippi is muddy water, but the Thames is liquid history.” In modern-day London, history comes to life on the 70 wharves, which have remained in operation after centuries. As you make your way down the river’s dark waters, you will enjoy a unique snapshot of life in this dynamic but resolutely historical city.
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Sail on the water or walk along the riverbank to admire the scenery and take a trip through time on London’s great river.

2. Hampton Court Palace

You can browse the exhibits at Hampton Court Palace, a museum with a story of its own, during your holiday in East Molesey. Experience the acclaimed art galleries and fascinating museums in this vibrant area.
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You can browse the exhibits at Hampton Court Palace, a museum with a story of its own, during your holiday in East Molesey. Experience the acclaimed art galleries and fascinating museums in this vibrant area.

3. University of Sussex

The University of Sussex is an educational institute nestled in the shadow of the beautiful South Downs National Park. Walk alongside students and between an interesting collection of architectural landmarks. Be part of student-organized events and follow a trail around the campus’ surrounding countryside. Established in 1961, the University of Sussex counts Nobel Prize laureates among its staff and notable politicians among its alumni.
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From a library stacked with original editions by famous authors to a performing arts venue and nature walks, there’s always something to see and do at this public research uni near Brighton. 

4. Richmond Park

Enhancing London’s reputation as a leafy city, Richmond Park spreads wildflowers, grasslands and animals across 2,500 acres (1,000 hectares). The park contains an eclectic array of activities for the whole family to enjoy, from power kiting and horse riding to golf. Look for the wild deer that have been a mainstay of this park since its inception in the 1600s.
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Spot the deer and other wildlife roaming the largest of London’s Royal Parks and stop for traditional tea in the historic lodge.

5. High Street

During your trip to Guildford, you can search for that perfect souvenir at High Street. Make time to visit the area's spas or simply enjoy its lively bars.
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During your trip to Guildford, you can search for that perfect souvenir at High Street. Make time to visit the area's spas or simply enjoy its lively bars.

6. Bushy Park

Explore the great outdoors at Bushy Park, a lovely green space in London. Wander the picturesque gardens and riverfront in the area.
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Explore the great outdoors at Bushy Park, a lovely green space in London. Wander the picturesque gardens and riverfront in the area.

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