Welcome to East Grinstead

On a sandstone ridge beside the Ashdown Forest, East Grinstead is capital of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Come and explore our ancient market town with its Medieval High Street, discover its fascinating history and the people who shaped it.

The town has something for every visitor – the ancient buildings are now home to a variety of friendly independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants – including a historic coaching inn. For lovers of the great outdoors, the town has a wealth of waymarked paths and a national long distance trail runs through the town on the Greenwich Meridian.

We can’t wait to welcome you to our special town…

Discover East Grinstead

THINGS TO SEE AND DO

Local attractions & Tourist Hot Spots

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WHAT’S ON

In and Around East Grinstead

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SHOPPING

We have many vibrant retail shops

WHERE TO SHOP

FOOD & DRINK

Enjoy our many bars, coffee shops & restaurants

WHERE TO EAT & DRINK

ACCOMMODATION

Places to Stay in and Around East Grinstead

WHERE TO STAY

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POPULAR TOURIST HOT SPOTS

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Wakehurst

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Hammerwood Park

Located 3½ miles east of East Grinstead, Hammerwood Park was built in 1792 by Benjamin Henry Latrobe (1764 – 1820), architect of the White House and US Capitol Building in Washington D.C...

THE TOWN’S HISTORY

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.

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