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Tilgate Park, Crawley

(4.7/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
Tilgate Park is a large park situated in Tilgate, South-East Crawley. It is the largest and most popular park in the area. Although it is mostly associated with the area surrounding Tilgate Lake, a large area of the park is also silvicultural forest, there is also a Local Nature Reserve called Tilgate Nature Centre for protected and endangered species.Originally a 2185acre part of the Worth Forest, the park and the surrounding areas (including the modern day Furnace Green, Three Bridges and part of the Ashdown Forest) were part of the larger Tilgate estate, first recorded in 1647. From that time, industries including Ironworks and furnaces were dismantled and replaced by a landed working estate.The manor of Tilgate was bought by Sir Edward Culpeper and Sir Walter Covert, who owned the manor of nearby Slaugham, from Edward Nevill, 8th Baron Bergavenny in 1566. The manor house, known as Tilgate Mansion, was probably built by 1647. The manor passed with that of Slaugham down the Covert family line, before passing to another family, the Sergisons, in 1702. After a succession of owners in the early 19th century, it was purchased in 1862 by a wealthy businessman from India, George Ashburner.
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  • Tilgate park is a lovely place to go with friends and family. There is a small farm for a small fee as well as a good priced cafe. For free there is a lovely lake and gardens you can walk round. A go ...  more »
  • There is so much to do in this beautiful park, lovely walks, picnicking, go ape, great play park, boating in season, animal area, it's just a great afternoon.  more »
  • Wow what a gem of a park. Beautifully maintained. Excellent toilet and cafe facilities. Separate animal area which the young and old love visiting. Lovely lakes where to observe the wildlife, trees an...  more »
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  • A very pleasant large park with a good mix of wooded areas and open grassy areas. There is also a large lake and a tranquility garden a great place for a long walk on a sunny day! Only negatives are a limited amount of public toilet facilities.
  • It is fun and relaxing at the same time. Love nature the lake and Go Ape! Good to visit alone as a couple or family. Who ever you with you will have a nice time.
  • Not good when they shut shop as it is raining. Especially when you promise a child something and return to get it. Park very good and walking through the enclosures was really good.
  • Great location for a day out, especially for families. The park is cycle friendly. The perfect spot for a dander around the lakes and maintained gardens or through the woodland. It has everything: a cafĂ© set in a walled garden; Go Ape; Sport/adventure facilities; a playground; a petting zoo! Free parking is available closer to the K2 entrance but if you drive on up it's pay and display.
  • Been here twice. Both wonderful experience. The nature park is really good value for money. great place to have picnic.