Cheap Hotels in Reigate
Hotels in Reigate
Surprisingly, only 21 miles from London, at the foot of the North Downs lies the bustling, historic market town of Reigate. The town dates back to Saxon times, following the Norman invasion in 1066, when it was granted to the de Warene family by William the Conqueror.
The Warene family constructed Reigate Castle and by 1150, a new town had been built under this. In 1648 the castle was demolished and what remained became Reigate Caves, which were excavated to create the Reigate Castle Tunnel to connect to the town, believed to be Europe's first road tunnel. Today, that very same castle ground forms an attractive public park.
Sights, arts and culture
Soak up the history of this conservation town by visiting the Reigate Caves. The Wealden Cave and Mine Society conducts tours of this historic underground heritage, which includes the Baron's Cave in the castle grounds and the east and west caverns in Tunnel Road.
The great thing about Reigate is that most of the attractions are nearby. Reigate Priory Park is ideal for a family outing, with a playground, tennis courts and skate park, and is home to Reigate Priory Museum. Be mesmerised by the Tudor fireplace, 18th-century staircase and the ornate wall-to-ceiling murals depicting classical mythology.
Enjoy a lovely walk on Reigate Heath, which boasts 120 acres of lowland heath, perfect for the globe trekker. The area has an extensive history with Bronze Age finds and burial mounds which you can still see today. For golf fans there's a 9-hole course, and next to this is the 18th-century post windmill. The main part of this archaic enchanting brick mill was converted into a chapel and services are still held there today.
Just a few minutes from Reigate is Redmill, home to The Harlequin, an art-enriched centre that hosts classical music and comedy shows and airs the latest film releases. Also housing a café and bar, it's the perfect cultured night out.
For a small town, Reigate is full of incredible eateries. Try New Gurkha Restaurant for a Nepalese bite, La Barbe for French cuisine and the Three Horseshoes Inn for hearty traditional pub grub. Try the Market Stores where you can eat incredible food at a historic location – it's built into the hillside which encases the remains of Reigate Castle.
Reigate hotels offer a wide range of cosy stays from B&Bs to long-stay breaks.
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