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.
Tilgate Park Reviews
We knew our two grandchildren were with one of the aunts, so we pitched up. That led to walking to Tilgate Park and the children's play park. Not a huge place but every piece of equipment was usable.... more »
Tilgate park is right on my doorstep so we walk there a lot. The lake has easy and hard walking areas around it as does the golf course. My dog Rufus loves the freedom in the woods up there, we often.... more »
Great park to come to as has so much to do. The farm is reasonable priced and well maintained with a lot to keep children interested. Beautiful lake and woodland walks with lots of room for picnics and games. Good sized play area too for all ages (no sand pit). There are a number of toilet facilities, it is buggy and wheel chair accessible and there is a variety of food outlets. The main cafe and ice cream bar have a £5 min spend on card machines so good idea to take cash for ice creams. Great day out without having to break the bank.
Busy play park area but plenty more to do, cafes and lovely areas to walk away from the crowds! Enjoyed seeing canoes on the lake too. Lots of dog walkers here and we enjoyed the maze. Wristbands for rides and bouncy castles available but bit pricey for small ones.
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