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Most people come to Crawley to shop, especially in the County Mall (a couple of minutes' walk from the bus and train station. But the "old new centre" - developed in the Fifties and Sixties - is also worth exploring. Then head for the old High Street, which is part of the ancient coaching road from London to Brighton. It's a broad thoroughfare, with the main place of interest being the George Hotel - which has been welcoming guests for several centuries.
With children, there are two places to go;
Buchan Country Park, on the Horsham Road, is a 170 acre country park. Free parking. There are lakes, woodland and meadows. There is also a Countryside Centre selling local produce and features lots of interesting information and interactive displays. They are on Facebook under "Buchan Country Park" and the Rangers there run a lot of different events too for very cheap!
Tilgate Park, from where you get panoramic views of Crawley (no heckling, please), and can walk amid beautifully cultivated gardens to a model farm. Or aim west to Ifield, which has an historic mill worth visiting. And don't overlook the appeal of Gatwick airport - the busiest single-runway airport in the world. Parking charges apply (£4).