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What Is Life Like In Horsham?
Horsham is a charming market town seated on the River Arun, in West Sussex. Here you can expect to find the joys of rural town living, including locally sourced food markets and a strong sense of community.
Recently listed in the top ten places to live by Channel 4s ‘The Best and Worst Places to Live’, Horsham is well situated for buyers and investors alike. It is in close proximity to national parks and only 24 miles from Brighton and Hove.
With a population of 55,657, Horsham has both a relatively laid-back pace and many social activities and clubs. Ideally located south-west of London, Victoria station is 40 miles away, whilst Guildford is 21 miles away via the A281 road. Suitable for commuters, young families and first time buyers, there is a fantastic choice of homes in Horsham.
History Of Horsham
Horsham, like many other rural market towns, began as a Saxon village; the suffix ‘ham’ is a Saxon word for village. The town continued its life as an agricultural hub for nearby settlements, entertaining kings with hunting in the surrounding wilderness. Between 1500 and 1800, Horsham became well known for its tanning and brewing industry. There are still a number of breweries located in the town today, such as King Beer, Kissingate and Dark Star, which are all available for tours.
Horsham gradually modernised and expanded, building its first cinema in 1910. The insurance industry boomed in the late 20th century, as did electronics and IT. Accelerated growth meant a second shopping centre opened in 1989. These developments led the way to Horsham eventually being regarded as one of the best places to raise a family in the UK today.
Days Out In Horsham
Great days out in Horsham often focus on the town’s history and culture, as well as the available countryside.
For a quick fix of culture, visit The Capitol, located in Horsham’s town centre. Boasting a 410 seat theatre, two cinemas, a gallery, bar and café, you will be well catered for in terms of music, comedy and theatrical performances, as well as box office film releases.
Horsham Museum is located on the historic Causeway Street, which is itself worth a visit for its wonderful 17th century architecture and lines of ancient London Plane trees. The houses on this street are full of character, with bulging walls and uneven roofs; they rarely come onto the market, however. Horsham Museum has several fantastic themed collections, including flint and fossils, world cultures, crime and punishment, a museum garden, costume gallery and art gallery.
Things To Do In Horsham
There are plenty of things to do in Horsham, including organised social events and a variety of places to visit.
They say a Waitrose is the hallmark of a successful town, so fans of top-notch and organic cuisine can rejoice in the knowledge that Horsham has a branch of the top-quality food retailer. There is also a Sainsbury’s supermarket, with its own dedicated parking located a short walk from the town centre.
Horsham is an excellent retail destination, with many independent shops and high street chains, including Moss Bros, Topshop and Crew Clothing. Pay and display parking is available at the Forum on Blackhorse Way, at a rate of £1.60 for two hours. There is also a fantastic range of options for eating and drinking out in the town – including Restaurant Tristan, in the historic central Horsham district, and Piries Bar, which is open until midnight on most days.
Enjoy a relaxed stroll or jog through Horsham Park, or get together with one of the clubs in Horsham. These include (among many others) Horsham Football Club, Horsham Photographic Society, and Horsham Salsa for those looking to spice up their evenings.
Schools In Horsham
Horsham has many schools and educational facilities.
Primary schools include:
- All Saints CofE Primary
- Arunside Primary
- Greenway Junior
- Holbrook Primary
- Leechpool Primary
Secondary schools include:
- Forest School
- Millais School
- Tanbridge House School
- The University of Brighton is the closest university to Horsham
Transport In Horsham
Horsham is well connected through a range of transport links.
Horsham has a regular service that runs to London Victoria, taking only 57 minutes. Horsham station is located in the centre of town.
Buses and coaches
National Express offers a regular coach service to Horsham. The local bus service, Stagecoach, runs regular services from most nearby towns.
The closest international airport is London Gatwick, only 17 miles away.
Horsham is located 40 miles south of London, reachable by M3, A24, A243 and A205. Brighton and Hove is a short 23 mile journey south along the A23.