Living in Reigate
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What Is Life Like In Reigate?
Reigate is a historic town located 23 miles south of London, nestled under the beautiful North Downs. It attracts commuting families and first time buyers with convenient rail connections to London and a close-knit community that is fantastic for bringing up children.
Sure to satisfy the most ravenous of food critics, Reigate has many eateries, bars and pubs. Residents can enjoy eating at a number of traditional and contemporary restaurants with a mixture of English and foreign cuisine. You can expect the medium-sized town to keep you occupied as the population of almost 25,000 has access to a diverse variety of societies and sports clubs.
History Of Reigate
Reigate has a long military history – the land having been granted to knight William de Warenne by William the Conqueror in 1088. For a number of centuries, a castle sat above, as the town of Reigate established itself below. The citadel slowly fell into disrepair and was eventually destroyed. Reigate Fort now sits proudly atop Reigate Hill as a symbol of its past history. Originally built in 1898 at a cost of £11,339, the fort protected London from the very real threat of a French invasion.
The majority of housing was built in a period of expansion during the Victorian era between 1837-1901. Reigate has prospered ever since whilst retaining its historic charm. A large proportion of its existing town centre is designated a conservation area of special historic interest.
Days Out In Reigate
You can travel a little further afield for days out at Sandown Ski Centre, with 4 nursery slopes and one 120 metre run, this dry ski centre will whet your appetite for the winter hobby. For those who require a slower pace of life, Reigate offers fantastic walking opportunities as well as days out in nearby Redhill – where you can find shopping and theatrical offerings at the Harlequin Theatre.
Reigate offers its own cinema with mainstream releases and classics on offer daily. For more active days out, you can visit Cloudbase Aviation where flying lessons and training are available. At the centre of Reigate is Priory Park – the site of a 13th century monastery converted to a mansion during the Tudor Period. The park has a number of fantastic facilities including a lake, formal gardens, playground and a skate park.
The Reigate Caves are testament to the town’s deep-rooted establishment in Surrey’s history. A number of these artificial sandstone caverns are assumed to be all that’s left of the Reigate Castle dungeons. Known locally as the ‘caves’, at certain times of the year tours run through these tunnels which pass through the Castle Grounds as well as Reigate town centre.
Things To Do In Reigate
Voted the best town in the South-east by the Sunday Times in 2013, Reigate has a lot to offer prospective buyers. Residents can expect a fulfilling shopping experience with a choice of chain and independent stores situated along the high street. Jack Wills, Boots and White Stuff are present whilst Morrisons and Marks & Spencers provide the town with groceries.
The rolling Surrey countryside is known as one of the best locations in the south for walking, cycling and outdoor activities. Stop by the Maison Du Velo café and boutique bicycle shop for delicious lattes and a friendly atmosphere. Fawn over the expensive bicycles on offer to take you up the renowned Box Hill. There is a fantastic selection of trails and forests to keep ramblers busy in the countryside throughout the year.
Schools In Reigate
Reigate has a number of schools in and around the local area.
Pre-schools and nurseries include:
- Asquith Court Nursery
- Brantwood Nursery
- Busy Bees Day Nursery & Pre-school
Primary schools include:
- Dovers Green School
- Reigate Priory Community Junior School
- Sandcross School
- Wray Common Primary School
Secondary schools include:
- Reigate Grammar School (independent)
- Reigate School
- Royal Alexandra And Albert School
- Reigate Sixth Form College
- Reigate College
Transport In Reigate
Reigate has a number of transport links, connecting it to larger towns and cities.
Reigate has great commuter links, with trains every 30 minutes taking under an hour to arrive at London Victoria from Reigate train station.
Bus And Coaches
Reigate is connected to the surrounding area of Surrey by the wide-reaching Metrobus.
The nearest international airport is London Gatwick Airport. The nearest regional airports are airports are Redhill Aerodrome and London Biggin Hill Airport.
Reigate can be found on the A25, far enough from the M25 to avoid noise pollution but close enough for convenient travel with many efficient roads travelling into and around London.