All About Horsham

Horsham is a bustling market town of around 60,000 people with it’s origins in the 7th century when the local horse traders so named it Horse Ham (meaning a place where horses meet). The town has grown up around the Carfax, which is a open market square and the meeting place of four roads. South of the Carfax is the Causeway where you will find the Horsham Museum and a series of listed buildings and houses erected in the 17th, 18th and early 19th century.  At the southern end of the Causeway is the magnificent St Marys Church built by the Normans, rebuilt in the 13th century and restored around 1865.

The market town feel has been really well preserved and the village green, now paved and pedestrianised into the Carfax hosts a local traders market on Thursdays and Sundays and themed events throughout the year. This central hub has invited a wonderful selection of coffee shops and restaurants with al-fresco seating proving a hit (weather permitting!)

Todays shoppers demand modern facilities with plenty of choice. Horsham provides this, not in one giant complex but in a series of smaller shopping satellites such as Swan Walk, Piries Place, the Forum and the soon to be completed John Lewis Centre. Its a great place to shop with plentiful parking, a wide choice and never any feeling of being over crowded.

Recently Horsham was voted as one of the best places to live in the UK by measuring and comparing a series of “quality of life” indicators including quality of schools, low crime statistics, commuting distance, house price to earnings ratio, access to countryside, leisure facilities etc. It is indeed a very nice place to live with good commuting links, access to main motorways, 20 minutes from Gatwick Airport and a fast rail link to London and the South Coast. There is a good supply of quality housing with house prices kept low through a significant number of new build estates currently under construction in and around the area.

Horshams Facts and Figures



Horsham is served by three train stations: Horsham, Littlehaven and Christ’s Hospital.  It has direct connections to:

  • London Victoria – 55 minutes
  • Gatwick Airport – 17 minutes
  • Portsmouth – 62 minutes
  • Southampton – 90 minutes


Horsham is 12 miles from Gatwick Airport – the UK’s second busiest airport. Fortunately no part of Horsham town is underneath a regular flight path.


Horsham is the junction for three major routes in Sussex

  • A24 – London to Worthing
  • A263 – Crawley to Chichester
  • A281 – Brighton to Guildford


Cyclists, pedestrians and horseriders can reach Guildford and Shoreham via the Downs Link, a long distance bridleway and cycle route which follows the now disused Horsham-Guildford, and Horsham-Shoreham railway lines and passes through Southwater,  just to the south of Horsham

Town Centre

Horsham’s town centre has undergone many improvements over the last few years and now has many first class developments to shop and relax, these include:

  • West Street – A classic pedestrianised High Street with many well-known UK retailers.
  • East Street – Renovated in 2011 and contains some of Horsham’s best restaurants incuding Wagamamma, Pizza Express, Cote, Bills, Ask and Wabi a first class Japaense restaurant and cocktail bar
  • The Forum – A public square and shopping area which is home to Horsham’s only department store.
  • The Carfax – Horsham’s most recognisable shopping area that is home to the iconic bandstand.


Primary schools Click HERE for a full list of primary schools in the district

State secondary schools:
  • Tanbridge House – Mixed Comprehensive
  • Millais School – Girls Comprehensive
  • Forest School – Boys Comprehensive

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State sixth form:
  • The College of Richard Collyer

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Local independent schools
  • Christ’s Hospital
  • Farlington School for Girls

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Local Council Tax Banding

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