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
Been going here for years, probably since childhood. They’ve done lots of work to make it nicer, fixed up the gardens, added more play space, better pathways etc. In summer a boat rental place operate... more »
Took the grandchildren for a morning out. Nice playground, boating lake,and petting zoo. All had a good time ... even if I could not row in a straight line! Will definitely come again. more »
This has a beautiful lake with stunning views. A park for the big kiddlwinks along with a little farm for all the family, so everyone gets to see the animals. In the summer they have a lot of activiti... more »
Lovely park. Lake to walk around. Go ape for kids. Animal centre to walk around. Coffee shop. Lots of space for a picnic. Some benches dotted around the park. There are toilets but usually a queue as there are only a few.
I visited this park on a nice (though overcast) day in the middle of April. I found it to be a very neglected and badly looked after park. The previous day I had been to Hyde Park in London city centre where everything was green, clean, lush and beautiful, so to arrive here at Tilgate Park the next day to see this, was just very sad. There were lots of signs and posters about animals that they didn't seem to have (at least I couldn't find them anywhere) and the actual plants and woodlands were just overgrown, neglected, and in a very bad state of repair. Well, you can see from the attached photos, what this park looks like. :-/ Would not visit again.
One of my favourite places to go in Crawley when I was growing up and now I have a child of my own I love bringing him here too. There are good facilities and the nature centre is well worth the cost. A lovely day out
Tailgate park is a good place for families. There are nice paths around the park and the variety or the views and animals around is great. On wet days remember to bring the shoes to get off pavement and walk on a mud otherwise one can lose parts of the park. In the summer always full of people. Its spacious and accessible. Parking lot for motorbikes is free of charge.
Well kept and a lovely place to take kids, go for a cycle, a run even take a picnic. Look out for special events such as the inflatable assault course. Even hire a boat to go out in the lake and bikes to cycle round. There is a go ape too
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