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What Is Life Like In Redhill?
Redhill in Surrey is a commuter town, located 21 miles south of London and close to the neighbouring towns of Reigate, Crawley, Dorking and Guildford.
The town also merges with the communities of Merstham, Earlswood and Whitebushes, along with the villages of Bletchingley and Nutfield. It is a brilliant location for those looking for a town lifestyle, within close proximity to the busy and bustling capital.
History Of Redhill
Before the railway line was built, linking London to Brighton, with Redhill en-route, the area was quiet and rural. It was divided into sub-manors of Reigate and small hamlets surrounded Linkfield Street. Speaking of Linkfield Street, Redhill (as we now know it)’s oldest pub is the White Lion, located on the road, in the heart of the town.
In 1818, the construction of the London to Brighton road began and resulted in rapid development for the area around Warwick Road and North Street (which then became known as Warwick Town). Just over twenty years later, transport links improved even further as work started on the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway. Redhill then became a sub-district of Reigate and commuters flocked to the town to enjoy countryside living, yet still with easy access to London.
Now, the town is home to over 25,000 people – many of these commuters, who reap the benefits of a relaxed, lifestyle in leafy Surrey, whilst being able to work in the city.
Days Out In Redhill
Being a large town, Redhill has all the amenities for a great day out! From taking a trip to the Harlequin Theatre and Cinema to catch the latest blockbuster or West End-worthy performance, to becoming a pilot for the day at Redhill Aerodrome – the town offers plenty of choice for relaxation-seekers and adrenaline junkies alike!
Nearby Reigate also provides many a varied day out. Visit the Reigate Caves and get a feel for the town’s history, indulge in some fine food and drink in one of Reigate’s many bars, restaurants and pubs, and take a walk through the nature-filled Priory and Gatton Parks. Whilst at Gatton Park, don’t forget to explore Reigate Hill. Both National Trust sites, Reigate Hill offers picturesque spots for picnics, amongst the flowers and overlooking the Weald and South Downs. Climb to the top of the hill and you’ll discover a 19th century fort, providing further stunning views of the area.
Things To Do In Redhill
Shoppers, rejoice; Redhill is renowned for its varied array of High Street stores, such as Boots, Marks and Spencer and Waterstones, all located in The Belfry Shopping Centre, in the centre of the town!
If shopping sounds too strenuous, Redhill has a chic café culture, combining friendly community meeting places with locally made ingredients and products. West Central on London Road, is a fine example; serving fresh seasonal sandwiches, cakes and milkshakes made by/ from local farmers and suppliers, in a relaxed space.
Redhill also has a plethora of excellent restaurants, bars and pubs, like The Pendleton in St Johns, which is listed in the MICHELIN Guide, so keen foodies are well and truly catered for.
Keeping fit more your thing? Donyngs Recreation Centre in the town centre, has a main swimming pool, a children’s pool, exercise studios, squash courts and fantastic state-of-the-art gym!
Schools In Redhill
Redhill has a range of excellent primary and secondary schools and further education facilities.
Primary schools include:
- Brambletye Junior School
- Earlswood Infant and Nursery School
- Furzefield Primary School
- Merstham Primary School
- Nutfield Church Cofe Primary School
- Salfords Primary School
- St Catherine's Bletchingley Village School
- St John's Primary School
- St Matthew's Cofe Primary School
Secondary schools include:
- St Bede's School
- St Nicholas School
- The Warwick School
- Woodfield School
Independent schools include:
- Cornfield School
- The Hawthorns School
Further education institutions include:
- East Surrey College
- RNIB Redhill College
Transport In Redhill
Redhill has fantastic road, rail, bus and other transport connections.
Redhill has two stations located within the town – Redhill, in the town centre, and Earlswood, in the leafy suburbs. Destinations from the town’s main station include London Victoria (journey time takes an average of 40 minutes), London Bridge (45 minutes), Reading (1hr 10 minutes), Guildford (35 minutes), Bedford (2 hours) and Tonbridge (30 minutes). Earlswood also runs services to London Bridge, London Victoria, Three Bridges and Horsham.
Served by Metrobus, Cruisers, Southdown and London General bus companies, Redhill has superb services to other nearby towns and surrounding villages such as Crawley, Reigate, Sutton, Dorking, Croydon and Epsom, all running regularly.
The nearest airport is Gatwick, just 6 miles to the south of the town. Heathrow and Shoreham airports are both an hour away.
Redhill is conveniently located 11 miles from central London, which can be reached within 40 minutes, via both the A23 and A237.
Brighton is only 65 minutes from the town, whilst Guildford can be reached in less than 50 minutes. The M25 is only 25 minutes away.