New homes in Haywards Heath
Welcome to Haywards Heath
From coastal walks to family days out at museums, there’s lots to see and do in the Mid Sussex town of Haywards Heath. Located close to Brighton, Chichester and London, a new home in Haywards Heath is ideal if you’re looking for good commuter links while living rurally.
A quick history
The town is first mentioned at the time of the English Civil War, when Royalist troops advanced on Lewes in the mid 17th century and were intercepted by Parliamentarians in Haywards Heath. In the mid 19th century the population of the town was around 200, but it grew quickly after the railway station on the London to Brighton line was opened in 1841, making the area popular with commuters. Today, more than 27,000 people live in the town.
Business and industry
Industry in Haywards Heath has historically been agricultural, with Bannister's Cattle Market operating for over a century until it was closed in 1989. Today Haywards Heath is mainly a commuter town, with big employers in the local area including Virgin Holidays in Crawley, American Express in Brighton, and London Gatwick Airport.
Things to do in the area
There’s lots to see and do Haywards Heath, from shopping at The Orchards to evenings out at the bars and restaurants on the Broadway, and trips with the kids to the splash pad in Victoria Park. The town also has The Dolphin leisure centre, a town library and a miniature railway at Beech Hurst Park.
Travelling beyond the town, Sheffield Park and Garden is a National Trust site just a short drive away, ideal for walks with the family. Wakehurst Gardens in Ardingly and Bedelands Farm Nature Reserve are great places to spot flowers and wildlife, while the Ouse Valley Viaduct is an impressive sight just north of the town.
If you’re a keen golfer, courses nearby include Haywards Heath Golf Club, Cuckfield Golf Centre, Hassocks Golf Club and Mid Suffolk Golf Club. Other attractions close to the town include Washbrooks Family Farm in Hassocks, Wings Museum in Balcombe, Bluebell Railway in Uckfield and Deers Leap Park in East Grinstead.
Haywards Heath also hosts an annual Town Day in September, ending with fireworks at Victoria Park.
Travel and commuting
Haywards Heath has very good transport links, including rail services on the Brighton Main Line between the coast and London. The town is also close to the A272, and just a short drive from the A23 which runs south to Brighton and north to Crawley.
If you’re commuting for work, journey times to nearby towns and cities are generally quick. The town is 35 minutes away from Brighton by car or 15 minutes by car, while Crawley can be reached in 30 minutes by car or just 10 minutes by train. London Bridge Station is just 40 minutes away by train from Haywards Heath, while the car journey takes one hour 45 minutes depending on traffic.
If you’re going on holiday or travelling overseas for work, London Gatwick Airport is 15 minutes away by train, perfect if you want to avoid parking at the airport and leave the car at home.