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Tilgate Park

Tilgate Park, Tilgate Drive, Crawley, Sussex, RH10 5PQ
01293 521168
Average time spent - 3 hours
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Tilgate Park is in Crawley, West Sussex. It is a large recreational park and has a large lake with adjacent gardens that were once part of a country mansion. The park has a large forest and a Nature centre with animals. The lake has a watersports centre and the forest is home to Go Ape and four bike trails.

Watersports on the lake include canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding and more. You can also fish in the lakes and there is a golf centre with an 18 hole golf course. There is a charge for these activities.

The Tilgate Nature centre is a local nature reserve and it is home to over 100 different species of animals. There is a small charge to visit. Animals include meerkats, lemurs, tapir, donkeys, maras and more. They also offer animal experiences for an additional cost, age restrictions apply. Experiences include meeting the meerkats, tapir time, junior keeper and more.

The park has a walled garden that contains a hedge maze that is free to enter. It was once part of the historic Tilgate estate. It is now a garden for everyone to enjoy with themed areas. There is also a cafe in the walled garden. They have been working on a new play area at the park that has been designed to be as inclusive as possible.

Please note – Most places may still require you to pre-book online in advance. Some venues also still have certain areas closed for safety reasons. Please check their website and/or social media pages before visiting.

FAQ and Further Information Tilgate Park

Is there food and drink available?

There is a cafe and a restaurant serving hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to bring a picnic.

What are the main things to do?

Country park with a large lake offering watersports, an animal park with experiences, a play area and walled gardens with a maze. There are toilets, a cafe and a restaurant.

What are the ticket prices?

*FREE or mid-range/higher-priced
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE – the park is free to visit. There is a charge to visit Tilgate nature centre- £7 for an adult, £6 for a child. There is also a charge for the different watersports and golf.

Is there parking?

There is parking, charges apply.

When are they open?

The park is open all year round, the different facilities at the park have varied opening days and hours. For up to date opening times please visit their website.

Dog friendly?

Dogs must be kept on a lead around Tilgate Lake at all times. Dogs are not permitted in the Nature Centre, Walled Garden or play area

Are they accessible?

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