Beautiful Crawley & West Sussex

The beautiful town of Crawley and the surrounding area of West Sussex has ample opportunities to explore trails, learn about historical houses, and soak up the natural beauty of the English countryside. Whether you are a history buff or a nature lover there is much on offer to see and do.

Choosing the right Nursing Home for your family member can be challenging with so many variables to take into consideration. One key element that is usually overlooked is the well-being of you, the family member.

Visiting your friend or family at a Nursing home that specialises in Alzheimer’s and dementia can be difficult and challenging especially if your family member lacks capacity, so choosing a Nursing home that has national trust parks, castles and places where you can visit to recharge and recalibrate can’t be overlooked.

Here at Ferndale Nursing Home, we are luck to be surrounded by some of the most beautiful parks and trusts, read on to find out which are the best places to visit around the Crawley and local are.

Tilgate Park Crawley

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Located over 2,000 acres of a former country estate is one of Sussex’s most beautiful parks, Tilgate park. Filled with forest trails that are easily navigable on foot, there is also an adjacent lake where it is possible to take a rowing boat out, or even try kayaking or paddle boarding for the more adventurously inclined.

Along with a picnic area, there is a garden cafe, maze, golf course and a craft studio displaying works by local artists. The Nature Center within Tilgate Park is home to over 100 different species of wildlife; from Otters to Terrapins and Tapir to Reindeer!

Buchan Park

Right on the doorstep of Crawley is the stunning Buchan Park. Set within 170 acres of sumptuous green English countryside, the park is filled with trails which allow good access for wheelchair and pushchair users. Amongst the beautiful fields and lake, wildlife abounds in the park and is home to a wide range of dragonfly species including the rare ‘hairy dragonfly’ and the ‘downy emerald dragonfly. Bird lovers watch out for nightjars and great crested grebes. Buchan Park has won the green flag award every year since 2010 – recognising the park as one of Britain’s greenest spaces.

Arudnel Castle

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“Arundel Castle is one of West Sussex’s greatest attractions with a history spanning nearly a thousand years” – Dan Snow, Historian

One of the highlights of West Sussex and overlooking the South Downs and the River Aun is Arundel Castle set in 40 acres of sumptuous grounds and gardens. Built-in 1067 the castle is the current seat of the Dukes of Norfolk and their ancestors over the last 1000 years. Some notable original aesthetics of the castle are the Medieval gatehouse, the Norman keep and the Barbican. Within the rooms of the castle is housed a rare collection of fine art – including paintings by Van Dych, Canaletto and Gainsborough. Nearby to Arundel Castle is the historic market town center of Arundel and its Gothic Cathedral built in 1869.

Nymans National trust

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Under 5 miles from Crawley in the Victorian village of Handcross is Nymans, a Grade II listed National Trust garden. Within the grounds is a wide variety of fauna including a rose garden featuring over 600 rose bushes and 115 varieties of roses. Every week there is a regularly changing schedule of events such as outdoor theatre productions and artisan workshops held within the stunning backdrop of the gardens. Be sure to check out the Messel family home within the ground.

Purchased by German emigres in 1890, the home is filled with intimate rooms and a painting by Oliver Messel. The nearby village is also home to two fine Victorian Churches, the All Saints Church of England built in 1885 and the Zoar Baptist Church rebuilt in 1887. Within the outskirts of the garden is a forest and lake filled with an abundance of wildlife. Keep a look out for foxes and deer!

Petworth House

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The perfectly preserved parish town of Petworth is filled with delightful boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Take a stroll up the cobbled path of Lombard avenue to St Mary’s Church and sample some of the best that Petworth has on offer. The town has recently been voted ‘Best Antiques Town’ and so be sure to check out some of the unique rarities on offer within its stores. 

Situated just outside of Petworth is the 17th Century 700-acre estate Petworth House. The estate is the home of George Wyndham, a friend of William Turner and subsequently houses many Turner paintings of which the surrounding views are the subject of many of the paintings on display.

Chichester Cathedral

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The historic cathedral city of Chichester offers charms to delight hidden amongst the ruins of its Roman roads. In the center of Chichester stands its cathedral, a splendid example of a combination of both Norman and Gothic styles of architecture. The Cathedral is over 900 years old, having been consecrated in 1108 and its tall spire can be seen throughout the city.

Ambling down its cobbled streets are artisan arts and crafts stores, restaurants, art galleries and hidden gardens just waiting to be explored. Chichester Theater has some of the best of both local and national talent on offer while Nearby Grade I listed Goodwood House, built in 1600, is the current home to The Good Wood Festival of Speed. Within close proximity is also the Tangmere Aviation Museum home to World War 1 Aircraft and the Roman Ruins of Fishbourne Palace, the largest Roman home in Britain, dating back to AD 75.


Crawley and the West Sussex countryside are filled with historic locations and natural beauty. From historic houses and national trust houses to sprawling parks and gardens, the culture of West Sussex and Crawley is rich and accessible. Be sure to have lots of time to visit all of these places on your next trip to Crawley and West Sussex!

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We also have a sister Residential Care Home home in Lindfield, West Sussex

Crossways Residential Care Home, is a care home for the elderly that provides elderly and respite care to a high standard in the beautiful village of Lindfield, West Sussex for people aged 65 and over, including married couples and/or partners.

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