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.To visit Tilgate Park on your holiday in Crawley, and find out what else Crawley has to offer, use our Crawley trip itinerary site .
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Tilgate Park Reviews
Good place to go with the children's good play park. Also nice just for a walk around the lake and wooded areas. more »
The grass slope near the lake is perfect for picnics and games. A big group of us had a great time enjoying the ambience and each other. Good people-watching opportunities too! more »
Lovely in all seasons, various events through the year. Dragon boat racing in September is always worth a visit. The nature centre is perfect for young families and is very reasonably priced, a rarity... more »
A great place to spend time with or without kids. There are busy areas with plenty of activities for the kids and quieter tranquil walking areas where you might hardly see other people. There is also a great orieenteering course too!
One of the our favourite places to visit. The nature centre gets better and better, and still remains very reasonable. The rest of the park is great too.
Great park with huge boating lake. Shame on recent years it's become more commercialised. Some of the new areas of the nature centre are good but the older areas look a bit in need of updating/maintaining. Great play park for the kids but again some areas are out of order and need maintenance. Overall lovely for an inexpensive day out.
Lovely place to take your kids. Animal park is decent and good value. Parking also good value.
Huge park to cater for a wide range of ages and interests. Play area, lake woods, beautiful flowers and well maintained paths for wheelchair and buggy access. Parking is paid but there's a few places near the golf course which are free. Good place for a run..also hosts parkrun on Saturday (5k) and Sunday (for juniors)
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