holiday and travel guide to the UK

Earlswood is south of Redhill in the Borough of Reigate and Banstead. The town is famous as the home of the Royal Earlwood Hospital. This large psychiatric hospital, entirely financed by public subscription, was built by a Mr Jay who was also responsible for the construction of the Houses of Parliament. Prince Albert laid the foundation stone in 1853 and officially opened the Asylum in 1855.

In the 20th century the hospital was home for several decades to two of the late Queen Mother's neices: Katherine Bowes-Lyons (born 1926) and Nerissa Bowes-Lyons (1919 - 86). The sisters, both born mentally inpaired, received no visits from the Royal Family and were declared dead by Buckingham Palace.

In 1997, following allegations of poor care, the Royal Earlswood Hospital was closed. Today the imposing building, easily spotted from from the London to Brighton railway line, has been converted into apartments.

Budget Hotels

Tourist Attractions in and near Earlswood to Visit



Reigate Caves 1.7 miles Take the chance to delve underground and see these caves.

Ladyland Farm 2.4 miles Have an educational time down at the farm.

Godstone Farm 4.7 miles An ideal day out down at the farm for families with young children.



Gatton Park 2.4 miles Lovely gardens and parklands to visit close to Reigate Hill.



Reigate Priory Museum 1.7 miles Discover the past of Reigate and also take a peek inside the Priory.


Out & About

Reigate Priory Park 1.7 miles A lovely place in the town for a stroll, or even a cup of tea.

Reigate Hill 2.1 miles Ideal for walk in the North Downs.

Reigate Heath 2.6 miles Enjoy a heathland walk and see the windmill.

Reigate Heath Windmill 2.8 miles A lovely old post mill with an unusual use.

Outwood Windmill 3.8 miles Stop by to see England's oldest working post mill.

Godstone Vineyards 5.2 miles Visit the shop here to taste and buy some of the best English light wines.


Theatres, Cinemas and Venues

The Harlequin Ideal for an evening out watching a performance or a film.

Towns Near Earlswood To Visit - straight line distance:

Redhill (0.73 miles) Reigate (1.71 miles) Horley (3.95 miles) Godstone (4.66 miles)
How to get to Earlswood
Nearby Hotels
Nutfield Priory Hotel & Spa
Nutfield Redhill RH1 4EL
1.3 miles

More Details
Premier Inn Redhill Reigate
Brighton Road Salfords Redhill RH1 5BT
1.6 miles

More Details
New Property
Reigate Hill Reigate RH2 9PF
2.0 miles

More Details
Guest Houses, Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and other Hotels
Lynwood Guest House
London Road Redhill RH1 1LN
1.1 miles

More Details
Cranleigh Hotel
41 West Street Reigate RH2 9BL
1.9 miles

More Details
Days Hotel Gatwick
34 Bonehurst Rd Horley RH6 8QG
3.0 miles

More Details
Earlswood Weather
Saturday 18th April
Day :Sunny skies14°C Sunny skies
Night :Clear skies2°C Clear skies
Sunday 19th April
Day :Overcast skies11°C Overcast skies
Night :Partly cloudy skies3°C Partly cloudy skies
Area Telephone Code
Get Our Newsletter
Offers, short break ideas, event news, and ideas on attractions to visit, all in our newsletter emailed direct to you.