Surrounded by stunning countryside and awash with flowers Horsham is a traditional country town at its best. It is set in the heart of the Sussex countryside and, together with 23 villages covering 205 square miles, makes up the unique Horsham district.
The district's southern villages lie in the South Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are a number of places of particular interest, including the enchanting St Leonard's Forest to the east of Horsham, which is said to be the lair of an ancient dragon. Also worth a visit are Warnham Nature Reserve, the RSPB's site at Pulborough Brooks and a rare example of Sussex heathland at Sullington Warren.
Horsham is famed for floral magnificence and holds a virtual monopoly on the South East In Bloom competition, having won in four of the last five years. International success came at the Nations in Bloom finals in 2001, where Horsham took first prize for Landscape Enhancement and won its population size category.
The award reflects on an historic town, which was first mentioned in King Eadred's Saxon Charter of 947AD and many of the shops and houses in the town centre date from medieval times. However the oldest local settlement is Pulborough, where there is evidence of habitation from 200,000 years ago and it was also a strategic site on the Roman Road of Stane Street.
Horsham was the birthplace of the poet Percy Shelley, whose family is buried at the 12th Century Parish Church of St Mary's. The revolving Rising Universe water sculpture in the town was inspired by Shelley's famous poem Mont Blanc. The writer and humorist Hilaire Belloc was also a local, and there is a memorial to him at King's Mill - a restored nineteenth century windmill he used to own at Shipley.
Horsham is also a modern town with a number of small shops whose high quality local produce varies from antiques to cheese and there is even an aleshop. And despite its country setting Horsham has good links to both the south coast, central London and is a just 15 minutes by train from Gatwick Airport. Population 45,000
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Forestmead Dental Practice
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Horsham (Men's Hockey)
Horsham (Amateur Football)
Horsham CC (Cricket)
Horsham Cycling (Cycling)
Horsham Trinity CC (Cricket)
Horsham TTC (Table Tennis)
Horsham YMCA (Amateur Football)
Knepp Castle Polo Club (Polo)
Partridge Green CC (Cricket)
Roffey CC (Cricket)
Whittard of Chelsea
Dixey CB Opticians
Thomas Hart Ltd
J D Sports
Carfax Centre of Well-Being
Horsham Piano Centre
Holland and Barratt
Edinburgh Woollen Mill
T K Maxx
Pets At Home
Andrea Sarlo Photography
Simply Olive Oils
Sussex Lighting (UK) Ltd
Places to Stay near Horsham
Premier Inn Horsham (0.34 miles)Conveniently located for Horsham train station. For shops and local amenities Horsham town centre is only half a mile away. Our Horsham Premier Inn has everything you'd expect, free parking, incredibly comfy beds in every room ... More | visit website
Wimblehurst Hotel (0.58 miles)
South Lodge Hotel (0.84 miles)
Mannings Heath Hotel (3.04 miles)
Cisswood House (3.38 miles)
Cisswood House is the perfect country house retreat. Set in the village of Lower Beeding, just a short drive from Gatwick, Crawley and Brighton, the hotel is the ideal base for visitors to the South ... More
Red Lyon Public House & Restaurant (3.49 miles)Situated in the centre of picturesque Slinfold village, close to the cricket field and St.Peters Parish Church, the Red Lyon has been an Ale House since the 17th Century.
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Random Hall Hotel (3.88 miles)
Barrington Lodge (4.70 miles)
Travelodge Billingshurst Five Oaks (5.30 miles)
There are loads of reasons our customers choose to stay at Travelodge. Our great value clean and comfortable rooms with en-suite provide everything needed for a good night's sleep and are close to where people ... More | visit website
The Chequers (5.47 miles)
Traditional country pub set in beautiful location, close to Gatwick, 15 mins , London 50 mins and Brighton, 20 mins. Real ales and excellent food served, award winning chef. Ideal for a perfect getaway or ... More | visit website