“A vibrant town great for families with excellent schools, a fast train to London, the south coast and Gatwick – and all surrounded by open countryside & picturesque villages“

Welcome to Haywards Heath

What’s it like?

Haywards Heath offers easy access to London (47 minutes by train), Gatwick airport and the South Coast. But there is much more to this West Sussex town than its great commuting links.

Legend has it that, as a small settlement, it was named after a local highwayman named Jack Hayward. Its main development followed the arrival of the railway in 1841, and Haywards Heath has grown to become a thriving community with excellent schooling, the acclaimed Princess Royal hospital, a busy social scene and leisure activities ranging from famous-name concerts to cricket and golf clubs.

Beautiful Victoria Park and Beech Hurst Gardens offer both tranquil spaces and activities for all ages, and nearby Borde Hill Gardens is a horticultural paradise. The bustling shopping centre features family retailers as well as the main stores, and the varied restaurants, cafes and bars in the Broadway add to the atmosphere. There is also a state of the art leisure centre. Just outside the town are miles of glorious countryside.

There is a warm community feel to the town, with organisations ranging from operatic societies to sports groups offering everything from athletics to rugby, hockey, golf and swimming.


our favourite places for...


Destination How long How often Notes
London Victoria about 47 mins every 20-30 mins direct
East Croydon about 30 mins every 10-20 mins direct
Gatwick Airport about 15 mins every 10-20 mins direct
London Bridge about 47 mins every 10-20 mins direct
Brighton about 15-20 mins every 10-20 mins direct

This information is a guide only, and not intended to be a timetable! Times shown are at peak times. Please check for exact times. Source: www.thetrainline.com


Schools rated as 'good' or outstanding, within 3 miles of the centre of Haywards Heath include:

Primary schools
  • St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Haywards Heath
  • Warden Park Primary Academy
  • St Wilfrid's CofE Primary School, Haywards Heath
  • Bolnore Village Primary School
  • Harlands Primary School
  • Blackthorns Community Primary Academy
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Secondary schools
  • Oathall Community College
  • Warden Park School
  • St Paul's College, Burgess Hill
  • Chailey School, South Chailey
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Independent schools (with school bus service)
  • Great Walstead, Lindfield
  • Cumnor House, Dane Hill
  • Ardingly College, Ardingly
  • Worth School, Turners Hill
  • Burgess Hills Girls, Burgess Hill
  • Brighton College, Brighton
  • Roedean, Brighton
  • Bede's, Upper Dicker
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This schools information is intended as a guide only and is subject to change. Please check www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk or http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/ for more detailed assessments.

clubs and societies in Haywards Heath

We have some great clubs and societies here in Haywards Heath. Here is a selection. If we have missed yours please emails us

  • Haywards Heath & District Philatelic Society
  • Haywards Heath Cine & Video Society
  • Haywards Heath Chess Club
  • Canine Society
  • Haywards Heath Tennis Club
  • Haywards Heath & District Table tennis League
  • Haywards Heath & District Angling Society
  • Haywards Heath Harriers Running Club
  • Haywards Heath Golf Club
  • Central Sussex Cage Bird Association
  • Haywards Heath Movie Makers
  • Haywards Heath Horticultural Society
  • Haywards Heath U3A
  • Haywards Heath & District Lions Club
  • Haywards Heath & District Probus Club
  • Haywards Heath Rainbow (Stroke) Club
  • Rotary Club of Cuckfield and LindfieldMAJOR

major employers

Companies based in Haywards Heath include:

  • The Princess Royal Hospital
  • Zenith Insurance
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • and many more companies and organisations large and small.


There's plenty more to know about Haywards Heath. Please feel free to give us a call or pop into our office if you would like to know any more about the town where we live!


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