There are plenty of places to explore in Horsham District by train. Here are our top three trips that make the most of all our District has to offer and don't have a car or bus in sight.
Take the train to Pulborough and explore the WildArt Trail. Starting at Pulborough Station and continuing across the beautiful meadows and grassland at Pulborough Brooks, the path is decorated with sculptures and interesting signs offering information about local history and wildlife. The four-kilometre route ends at the RSPB Pulborough Brooks Nature Reserve, and we recommend you stop off for a picnic by the river: the half-way point is a beautiful spot. Download the Pulborough WildArt Trail app to give your day out a twist - the Pulborough Giant himself will guide you along the trail.
Amberley Museum is just around the corner from the village train station and is an excellent attraction, especially for transport enthusiasts. The museum focuses on the area's industrial heritage. Take a ride on the narrow-gauge railway, marvel at the museum's collection of fire engines, buses and cars from the 1920s-50s, and visit the pottery and printing workshops to learn more about the history of these crafts. The museum organises special events throughout the year. After your visit to the museum, stop by Riverside Tea Rooms on the River Arun for a spot of lunch or afternoon tea. The views of the River Arun are not to be missed.
Horsham Town Centre makes a great day trip from London on the train as it's just 50 minutes from London Victoria. Saturday is market day, when a range of local food and drink producers bring their produce to the Carfax. Visit Horsham Museum to learn about the history of the area, or enjoy the mix of high street and independent shops. Horsham Park has a packed calendar of events each year, and Warnham Local Nature Reserve or Riverside Walk make lovely nature walks within walking distance of the town centre.
And if you're on the train because your little one loves riding trains... stay on a few more stops to Gatwick Airport and ride the monorail between the two terminals. The short journey takes you across the airport so they'll be able to see planes on one side, trains on the other. Best done in the daytime outside peak travel periods.