Sackville College

The College has been a functioning almshouse for almost 400 years, built with a bequest from the wil ...

Chequer Mead

Located in the heart of East Grinstead, Chequer Mead Theatre is one of the best venues for entertain ...

East Grinstead Museum

Built with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and money raised by the local community, East Grin ...


Kew's garden in Sussex Wonderful Wakehurst! Whatever the time of year, the grounds of Wakehurst are ...


Welcome to Visit East Grinstead

Discover East Grinstead, the capital of the historic High Weald. Our ancient market town has a wealth of architectural heritage and is surrounded by some of the finest countryside in the whole of the South East of England.

Truly, East Grinstead has something for everyone. Friendly restaurants, pubs, bars and coffee shops are waiting to bid you welcome. Cosy accommodation in one of our hotels or bed and breakfasts is available through the year.

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Download our ‘Welcome to East Grinstead’ leaflet detailing local tourist attractions and things to do in and around the town. The leaflet is also available to pick up from the tourist information in East Grinstead library.


  • East Court

    East Court Mansion is the Town Council’s administrative base and is set within the parkland grounds of East Court. It is an 18th Century Grade II listed b ...

  • Historic High Street

    The focal point of East Grinstead’s charm and old Market Town reputation is the conservation area in and around the historic High Street. It’s not too har ...

  • Borde Hill Gardens

    Borde Hill is looking absolutley B-E-A-utiful at this time of year. But remember to stay safe and  keep your distance. ...

  • Standen House

    Arts and Crafts family home with Morris & Co. interiors, set in a beautiful hillside garden. Come and see a family home and garden brought to life in ...

  • Weir Wood Reservoir Nature Reserve

    Weir Wood Reservoir in the Ashdown Forest is mostly water, surrounded by strips of open grassland, scrub and woodland. Low lying meadows also form part of ...

  • St Swithun’s Church

    St. Swithun's is a Grade II listed building. The site had a church since the 11th century. It was struck by lightning in 1772 and after it was rebuilt by ...



East Grinstead has a long tradition of weekly markets. It’s broad High Street is testimony to this. Even before a town existed, several ancient tracks converged on this area and people would probably have met to transact their business. Possibly in goods and animals.

The town was given a charter by Henry III in 1247 to have a weekly Monday market and an annual fair. In 1655 the market moved from Monday to Thursday predominately for the sales of corn, but joined in 1703 by cattle sales. Thursday has remained the day of the popular farmer’s market ever since. The cattle market thrived until December 1970 when the last ‘Fat Stock Show’ was held.

East Grinstead High St 1883

Did You Know?

1247 East Grinstead was given a Royal Charter by Henry III to hold a weekly market and an annual Fair.
770th anniversary this year.