East Grinstead in West Sussex is an affluent town just south of London. It is known for its historic buildings and its previous importance as a staging post for coaches on one of the main routes to Brighton.
The 14th century timber framed buildings in the High Street of East Grinstead are of particular interest as they are the longest continuous run of this type of building in England. Ashdown forest lies to the south of the town and visitors travel through some of the nicest Sussex countryside on route to and from the town.
The Christmas carol ' Good King Wenceslas' was written here by John Mason Neale during his stay at the Sandstone Almshouse. Just outside the town is Standen Country House belonging to the National Trust which features a late Victorian family home brought vividly to life in this gem of the Arts & Crafts Movement.