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Redhill ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

PUBLISHED: 11:59 13 September 2012 | UPDATED: 18:24 20 February 2013

Redhill ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

Redhill ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

A town that hasn't enjoyed the best reputation in recent years, escape the centre and you'll find gems like Redhill Common, Gatton Park, The Moors and Earlswood Lakes in easy reach

Originally published in Surrey Life towns & villages August 2012

A town that hasnt enjoyed the best reputation in recent years, escape the centre and youll find gems like Redhill Common, Gatton Park, The Moorsand Earlswood Lakes in easy reach

Photo: Matthew Williams

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Hidden treasures
Explore a little further afield from Redhill town centre and you come across pubs like the Joshua Tree, the White Lion, the Plough and the newly refurbished Home Cottage, which are all worth a visit.

Go outside...
Earlswood Common and its golf course is a popular walking location while Redhill Common offers panoramic views to Gatwick Airport. Then, theres The Moors (pictured), which offers a great stroll to Nutfield and Gatton Park and its Capability Brown landscaped gardens on the way to Merstham.

Those magnificent men
Redhill boasts its own aerodrome just a couple of miles south of the town. Used as an alternative airport to Croydon by Imperial Airways in the 1930s, it was an RAF station in World War Two. Now its mainly used for private civilian use and flight training.

A big bang...
Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel (he of the famed annual prize) demonstrated his new explosive, dynamite, for the first time in 1867 at a quarry in Redhill. A development in the centre of town is named after the event.

While youre there...

... the Harlequin Theatre and Belfry shopping centre, which together dominate the heart of the town with their imposing architecture. There are plans afoot that will see the theatres giant canopy removed, the Sainsburys almost triple in size, a new hotel and more.

Eat at...
The Joshua Tree (01737 211994) near Earlswood Common, where you can pick up a kangaroo steak.

Drink at...
The Plough (01737 766686) is a quintessential English pub.

Stay at...
The four-star Nutfield Priory (0845 072 7485), which is a little bit of luxury.

Move there for...
And get: A three-bedroom semi-detached home in a popular residential road.

Famous neighbours?
Songstress Katie Melua grew up in the area.

Getting there...
Sandwiched by the M25 and M23. Regular train links to Guildford and London and the south coast.

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