Gatwick is the second largest airport in the U.K., serving more than 40 million passengers every year who are traveling to and from more than 200 destinations. Located 30 miles south of central London, it's a prime international transportation hub for crowds of tourists heading to the capital's cultural and historic attractions. If you're looking at LGW hotels so that you can enjoy a night's rest on your way in or out of the city, also consider some of the interesting sights of towns close to the airport. Such destinations include the historic town of Crawley, just three miles from the airport, and Royal Tunbridge Wells, approximately 25 miles away.
Visiting Gatwick Airport
Getting to Gatwick Airport hotels upon arrival is quick and straightforward. Visit one of the taxi kiosks outside the terminal buildings or head to the desk of one of eight on-site car rental companies. Depending on the location of your chosen hotels near Gatwick Airport, you might also be able to take a train (the airport has direct connections to more than 100 train stations) or a bus departing from the lower level forecourt of either terminal. If you find yourself in or near Crawley, spend some time in the Crawley Museum. You'll see ancient artifacts and learn about this fascinating town, which has been inhabited since the Stone Age, was an iron-working center during the Roman era, and has been a thriving market town since the 13th century. With car rentals near Gatwick Airport, you can drive over to Royal Tunbridge Wells, a popular tourist destination since the 17th century, when wealthy visitors would come to bathe in its iron-rich natural spring. Today's tourists enjoy its elegant Georgian architecture, numerous parks with formal flower gardens, and its many fine boutiques, galleries, bars, and restaurants. Also consider booking cheap hotels in London and including the many sights of the U.K. capital in your itinerary.
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