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Tilgate Park, Crawley

Categories: Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 700+ 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 successon of owners in the early 19th century, it was purchased in 1862 by a wealthy businessman from India, George Ashburner.
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  • We went as a family, our Children, our 4 Grankid's , it was a lovely sunny day, my wife cooked a big Spaghetti Bolognese, alll the kid's went swimming, what a lovely park, if you haven't been, Check i...  read more »
  • Nicely revamped cafe in the walled garden. All for free except the parking. and the great value mini zoo (£2.50) with close up viewing of meer kats, otters, mongeese plus lots more to keep kids and ad...  read more »
  • I love Tilgate Park and the adjacent forest. Running between the M23 and A23 the vast expanse offers several lakes, an 18 hole golf course, 9 hole foot golf, a kids play area, farm area, parkland and ...  read more »
  • Good place for a bike ride or a walk
  • There is a fantastic Go Ape site and rowing site! Lovely♥
  • Went there with my two grandchildren and had a fab afternoon fantastic place for walks can't wait to go back on a sunny day
  • The only good thing about Crawley! A lovely place even in the depths of winter. The nature reserve is excellent with plenty of animals to see. No charge during winter months.
  • I ate here and drank beer. It was nice.
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