Hassocks is located along the Brighton mainline and the station provides easy access to the beautiful South Downs National Park. If you're looking to explore the area on two wheels, you'll find a community-run cycle hire shop directly outside the station and for shorter journeys there's a Brompton bike hire facility at the station.

If you're visiting on a Monday afternoon pick up some treats from mobile farm shop, the Sussex Peasant, located in the car park of the Hassocks Hotel, adjacent to the station.

Exploring the South Downs Way by bike
Photo: Hassocks Community Cycle Hire
Hassocks Village Market produce
Photo: Hassocks Village Market

Less than a 5-minute walk from Hassocks Railway Station you'll arrive at the heart of the charming town centre. Here, you'll find plenty of coffee shops and pub restaurants to grab a bite to eat before exploring further. In the centre of Hassocks, the vibrant village market is held every fourth Saturday of the month (morning only).

Make sure you save time to visit the South Downs Heritage Centre that adjoins the South Downs Garden Centre. The heritage centre is home to The Museum of Gardening, the first museum in Sussex to be dedicated to the history of gardening. Here you can explore artifacts dating back over the last few centuries and learn more about the inventions that have transformed the way we care for our gardens today.

Also inside the heritage centre you'll find The Sussex Food Hall, The CUBE Art Gallery and Made and Making – the home of sewing and craft workshops.

Museum of Gardening exhibition
Photo: Museum of Gardening
Oldland Windmill in the sunshine
Photo: Oldland Windmill

Discover further afield with a pleasant walk from Hassocks Station to the nearby villages of Hurstpierpoint, Keymer and Ditchling and the hamlet of Clayton. In Keymer is Oldland Mill, a restored working 18th century post mill. Ditchling is home to the award-winning Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft and includes a coffee shop.

Clayton is where you'll find the iconic Jack and Jill Windmills; Jill is a restored working 19th century corn mill that is open to visitors. Remaining in Clayton, at the foot of the South Downs is the Anglo Saxon Church of St John the Baptist, with 12th century wall paintings. In the churchyard you'll find the final resting place of Sir Norman Hartnell who designed the Queen's wedding gown and coronation dress.

Getting to Hassocks by train
Thameslink services run direct to Hassocks from London Bridge (1hr), London Blackfriars (1hr 5). and Brighton (15 mins).

Accessibillity at Hassocks Railway Station

This station has step-free level access to all platforms. A staff-operated ramp is required for step-free access between train and platform at this station. For more information and to book passenger assistance for your journey visit Thameslink assisted travel website.

For more station facilities please see Hassocks Station website.

Accessibility assitance at the station. Photo: GTR
Photo: GTR

Ways to save

You can often save money on your train tickets by booking them in advance. Look out for Super Off Peak and Off Peak tickets, offering great value for money when traveling outside peak times. Tickets can be purchased online from Thameslink or at the station. Consider buying a railcard (Senior, 16-25, Family & Friends, Disabled Persons, Two Together), to save 34% for most journeys.

Save money with 2 for 1 Days Out Guide. Download and print your vouchers from the Days Out Guide website, travel by train and show your voucher and train tickets when you arrive to get 2 for 1 entry into some of Britain's most favoured attractions.

To make your days out as enjoyable as possible, we encourage you to plan your trip in advance and check for disruptions before you start your journey. Visit our travel safe page to see what you can do to make planning easy.

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