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Haywards Heath Area Guide

A popular commuter town in Sussex, Haywards Heath offers excellent transport links to London and the South Coast, Gatwick Airport and the M25, with great road and rail access around the south east, including to the major seaports at Dover, Portsmouth and Southampton.

The town itself is a prime setting for families, with excellent schooling in and around the town, a fantastic community feel and the beautiful countryside.

Haywards Heath fact file

  • Haywards Heath was an important battle site during the first English Civil War in 1642.
  • Much of the town grew up along the railway which arrived in 1841.
  • In the town centre there are a great many Victorian terraced homes which sprang up to house the workers that came to build the railways.
  • In recent years there have been a number of regeneration projects to improve the functionality of the town.
  • Highlights of these recent development efforts include the impressive Southdowns Park development.
  • One key highlight of town life is the opportunity to participate in the annual Haywards Heath ‘Town Day’, a celebration of the local area which concludes with a firework display in Victoria Park.

Why move to Haywards Heath?

The High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is on the doorstep for country walks and leisure pursuits including riding, cycling and golf.

Architecture and property

Haywards Heath is a fantastic place to live where property prices are significantly lower than those in central London, but the commute is manageable by road or rail. Outside of the Haywards Heath Bypass/A272, there are a number of very popular modern developments which are ideal for families, including Bolnore Village which has its own amenities and primary school, The Beeches at Sandrocks and Greenhill Gardens.

Green space

Haywards Heath is surrounded by open countryside and picturesque green spaces, including being on the doorstep of the High Weald AONB which offers spectacular walks. The Beech Hurst Gardens offer space to stroll and activities for all ages, while Borde Hill Gardens has lovely mature planting. There are many golf clubs locally including Haywards Heath Golf Club, Lindfield and Cuckfield Golf Centre.

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Explore Haywards Heath at a glance!

Haywards Heath nightlife includes a variety of restaurants, pubs and bars, with a choice of independent names and national chains.

There are also all the shops and services that you’d expect on a British High Street.

  • Waitrose

There are also a variety of coffee shops, including Costa Coffee, Caffe Nero.

  • Coffee Flinders
    Local coffee shop

There is so much to do in Haywards Heath, there are fun days out for couples and families alike.

Haywards Heath is an excellent setting for families, with a great selection of schools in both the state and independent sectors.

  • Burgess Hill School for Girls
    Independent School
  • Oathall
    Secondary School
  • Haywards Heath Mainline Train Station
    Direct Line to London
  • London Gatwick Airport
    11.2 miles from centre
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