Horley Local Area Guide

Horley is a residential town in Surrey with around 22,000 residents. It is situated within the Borough of Reigate and Banstead, and is a popular commuter town to London, as well as more local towns such as Reigate, Redhill & Crawley. With a buzzing town centre set for exciting imminent redevelopment and surrounded by beautiful rural countryside, Horley offers the best of both worlds. 

The Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covers over a quarter of the county of Surrey, whilst Horley itself is surrounded on all sides by Green Belt land. The nearby villages of Smallfield, Outwood, Charlwood & Newdigate, among others, offer a wonderfully peaceful country haven to come home to.

The area clearly offers a heady mixture of rural charm and buzzing town life. For those who value the best of both worlds with the benefit of superb commuter links, Horley is simply an idyllic location to set up home. 

So what makes Horley such a special place to live?


Horley is home to three primary schools (Trinity Oaks, Langshott and Manorfield), two junior schools (Meath Green and Yattendon), two infant schools (Horley Infants and Meath Green Infants), and one secondary school, Oakwood School. Sixth form students tend to go on to East Surrey College, Reigate College or Crawley College.

Horley has a local education confederation, the Horley Learning Partnership. This is an organisational network between schools in the Horley area to provide additional services and resources to enhance children’s education. 

See a map of schools in the Horley area here.

Primary Schools in Horley 

Secondary Schools in Horley 

Excellent Transport Links

Horley is situated equidistant between London and Brighton, with mainline rail networks running regularly to and from the capital. It is also within close proximity to London Gatwick Airport. It’s also ideally located within easy reach of the A23 and M23 motorway network.

Excellent local taxi firms are also available.

Sports & Activities in Horley 

Horley Leisure Centre is a well-appointed and up-to-date sports complex with a wide range of facilities. With a 25-metre six-lane swimming pool, 55 station gym, weekly fitness classes, multi-use sports hall and free on-site parking, it’s basically a ‘one-stop shop’ for fitness and fun in the Horley area. 

Those who prefer team sports and activities in Horley might prefer to join one of the many community football clubs, cricket clubs, netball clubs - or even the boules club! 

Horley Restaurants and Nightlife

There are dining experiences aplenty in Horley, with variety enough to suit all palates and pockets. Indian restaurant, JaiHo, located within The Coppingham Arms, has one of the highest TripAdvisor ratings from 1,300 reviews, with elegant interiors and a welcoming atmosphere. Moderately-priced Zeno tops the reviews, however, as an excellent spot for a casual Italian in the centre of Horley.

As for nightlife, there are countless pubs in Horley and surrounding areas. Real night owls may have to travel to Crawley or Brighton for a night on the tiles, but considering the excellent transport links and proximity of these great places for a night out near Horley, it’s hardly a disadvantage.

Shopping in and around Horley 

Horley has a small town centre, catering for all your basic needs. Collingwood Batchellor is a long-standing staple of Horley town centre, a department store with a focus on furniture and homewares. There is a range of independent shops and all your usual supermarket chains to keep your fridge well-stocked.

Nearby Crawley is the place to go for some proper retail therapy, with the extensive County Mall boasting all the leading high street brands. Horsham, East Grinstead and Reigate are picturesque nearby market towns, which have a very traditionally British atmosphere. 

Clubs and Societies

Along with a range of sports clubs (above), Horley is also home to many welcoming clubs and societies to suit all interests. Here are just a few of the societies in Horley you might like to join:

Working In Horley 

Many residents of Horley work at Gatwick Airport, just a stone’s throw from Horley itself, or in Crawley - a town with many major employers. Being a convenient commuter town with great rail links to London, about a third of the population work in the capital. Another third work locally within Horley.

Horley is a town with high levels of employment, with many career opportunities nearby. 78% of Horley residents are in employment; 50% of these on a full-time basis. The highest percentage of Horley workers are employed in retail or motor repair roles, with those in Health and Social Work coming a close second. 13.3% of males work in Construction.

10.8% of the Horley working population are Managers or company Directors, whilst 13.9% are in Professional roles (i.e. doctor, lawyer, dentist, etc.)

Horley is situated within the famous ‘Gatwick Diamond’, an area rich in global companies and innovative enterprises which have specifically chosen the area for their regional headquarters. The Gatwick Diamond boasts one of the strongest local economies in the UK, in no small part due to its proximity to central London and London Gatwick Airport.

The area is home to 45,000 domestic and 500 European businesses, with extremely strong presence from the Aviation, Aerospace and Defence industries, in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, Financial, Life Sciences, Environmental Technologies and Food and Drink. A wealth of big name companies from across a range of industries call the Gatwick Diamond home.

Click here for jobs within the Gatwick Diamond.

Horley Council Tax Bands

Around 75% of the council tax collected in Horley goes to Surrey County Council, 13% to Surrey Police and 12% to Reigate & Banstead, to provide services in the borough. 

  • Band A: £1,319.60
  • Band B: £1,527.33
  • Band C: £1,795.52
  • Band D: £1,963.71
  • Band E: £2,400.09
  • Band F: £2,836.47
  • Band G: £3,272.85
  • Band H: £3,927.42

Properties in Horley

A quick search of property for sale in Horley will show the wide variety of fantastic homes there are to choose from. From large, modern detached houses to cottages in quaint rural villages nearby, there is a diverse range of properties in the Horley area. For those who prefer to be close to town, Horley has plenty of new and modern residential developments, new-build properties, flats and maisonettes. Outside of the town itself, there is a wealth of beautiful green countryside, villages and many detached period homes with plenty of land.