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What Is Life Like In Woodingdean?
An eastern suburb of Brighton and Hove, Woodingdean has the best of both city and countryside life: the vibrant energy of Brighton with the vast space of the South Downs. Brighton is popular with commuters who work in London during the week and soak up Brighton’s relaxed lifestyle on the weekends. It is also packed with students who come for the city’s top-notch universities and affordable accommodation. Woodingdean is slightly removed from the city by a stretch of downland, making it an excellent residential area for those looking to be close to the city but still have a village atmosphere.
Woodingdean has expanded significantly over the last 50 years. There is a diverse range of housing from small two bedroom properties to large five or six bedroom properties. North Woodingdean, with its sea views and easy access to town, is the more expensive and most desirable area. South Woodingdean is slightly cheaper and still has beautiful downland views; it is more suited to young families. The area is a favourite for dog lovers as it is surrounded by downland with plenty of options for walks.
History Of Woodingdean
In its early history, Woodingdean was primarily a farming area, with only scattered buildings. The area takes its name from Woodendean Farm (i.e. Wooded Valley Farm), which was located nearby. Woodingdean began to grow after the First World War, when plots of land previously used for sheep-farming were sold and small homes built. In 1928, Woodingdean became part of Brighton County Borough greatly increasing its residential and commercial development. It also claims to have the deepest hand-dug well in the world, dug between 1858 and 1862.
Activities and Days Out In Woodingdean
Woodingdean is full of great days out: exploring the attractions and activities in Brighton, as well as venturing further out to the countryside.
Visit some of Brighton’s most famous neighbourhoods: North Laine for a bohemian vibe and over 300 shops (vintage fashion, independent designers, jewellery studios, ceramics and more), Brighton Marina and seafront for nightlife, restaurants, and sailing, Brunswick town for impeccable Regency architecture, and Kemp Town for second-hand stores and cosy cafés.
The annual Brighton Festival, taking place over three weeks every May, has something for everyone. As England’s biggest mixed arts festival, there is music, dance, theatre, film and art of the highest quality, from some of the world’s top artists. The festival’s events happen at various venues across the city, giving attendees the opportunity to explore different neighbourhoods.
Castle Hill National Nature Reserve is perfect for exploring. Located to the north of Woodingdean, and part of the South Downs National Park, Castle Hill is an area of rich chalk grassland almost entirely secluded from the city and its suburbs. The steep slopes offer glorious views and the area’s 47 hectares are filled with over 30 UK species of butterflies, as well as several rare species of orchids.
Amenities And Life In Woodingdean
You don’t have to venture into Brighton itself for great amenities; Woodingdean has churches, shops, doctors’ surgeries, dentists and schools close by. There is a brand new medical centre and a community centre where various clubs and fitness classes are held. The Woodingdean Library is open Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
There is a Co-op and a Tesco supermarket. Local eateries include a local fish and chip shop, Chinese take away and Indian take away. The Toby Inn is a family-run pub with lovely food and evening entertainment by local artists. The brand new stadium for Brighton & Hove Albion Football Team, which doubles as an events venue when football is not being played, is just five minutes away by car.
Schools In Woodingdean
There are several excellent schools.
Pre-schools, nurseries and primary include:
- Woodingdean Primary School
- Rudyard Kipling Primary School and Nursery
Secondary Schools include:
- Longhill High School
- Roedean School
Woodingdean also has the Downs View School and Downs View Link College that provide specialist education to children with learning disabilities.
Transport In Woodingdean
With its Brighton location, Woodingdean is connected to nearby towns and major cities via a strong transport network.
Brighton Railway Station is the nearest station. Other close train stations include Hove, Moulsecoomb and London Road Station. There are direct trains from Brighton Railway Station to London Victoria and London Bridge. The fast trains take less than an hour into London.
Bus And Coaches
Woodingdean has a 20 minute bus service into Brighton. The No. 2 and 22 both run every 20 minutes, with the No. 2 running from Rottingdean through Brighton to Shoreham and Steyning. The No. 52 runs once every two hours through Woodingdean, Ovingdean, and then out on the coast road to Brighton Marina. There are also direct coach services run by National Express that go from London to Brighton.
Shoreham Airport is Brighton’s local airport and is situated west of the city in nearby Shoreham-By-Sea. London Gatwick Airport is the nearest international airport, approximately 30km north of the city and a quick 30 minutes away by train.
Travelling to Woodingdean is easy as it is well served by the motorway. Driving to London from Brighton takes 90 minutes on the A23/M23 south.