Hookwood is a village in Surrey that is close to country inns and manor houses, and has good transport links especially to Horley Railway Station and London Gatwick Airport.
Immerse yourself in nature at nearby Gatton Park where you can walk pathways beside ponds with herons and wildfowl, pick fruit at orchards or explore themed gardens such as a Japanese Garden, Rock Garden or Old World Garden.
Aviation and military enthusiasts should drive 15 minutes south from Hookwood to the Wings Museum at Balcombe. This small museum exhibits uniforms, planes and military weapons with informative staff on hand to explain the history behind the displays.
For a historical insight into the region, drive 10 minutes to Reigate where interesting attractions include the Reigate Castle ruins and gateway, and the underground Reigate Caves that you can visit on guided tours that are held the 2nd Saturday of each month between May and September.
Hookwood is situated in a lovely region in England with pretty countryside sprinkled with oak woods, picturesque villages and historic castles. It is a great place for staying a night or more in accommodation at country hotels, bed and breakfast inns and guesthouses – we recommend Alexander House Hotel and Utopia Spa at Turners Hill, or The Lawn Guest House that is 5 minutes’ drive from London Gatwick Airport.
Book a table at the Half Moon pub in the peaceful village of Charlwood, nearby to Hookwood. A traditional English pub that serves fish and chips, roast dinners and has British beers on tap, this pub is our hidden secret near Hookwood which you’ll be pleased to uncover as you sip a pint of ale in the pleasant beer garden.
Equestrian fans will delight in the farmland, rolling hills and forested paths near to Hookwood. Seek out a horse riding lesson at one of the many local equestrian centers for a tour across the Surrey countryside.
Brighton is a popular seaside town 40 minutes’ drive from Hookwood. Attractions include the amusement arcade and fun fair on Brighton Pier, the exotic-looking Royal Pavilion (where you can ice skate in winter) and shopping at the maze of stores hidden in The Lanes. Brighton is a bustling town and no matter when you visit there are many annual arts and cultural festivals to please any visitor.
Situated 45 minutes from Hookwood is Royal Tunbridge Wells, also known as Tunbridge Wells, a large town with many different things to do. Hire a row boat at Dunorlan Park, Chalybeate Spring sip the waters of Chalybeate SpringChalybeate SpringChalybeate Spring or pick bluebells in the parkland and gardens surrounding Scotney Castle.
Fifty minutes east of Hookwood is the town of Maidstone, best known for the spectacular Leeds Castle rising from a moat brimming with swans and geese. Visit the castle when there are regular events re-enacting medieval life such as falconry displays. Other things to do in Maidstone include hiring canal boats on River Medway or sitting under the trees with a picnic at Mote Park.