Situated in South London, Croydon is a large town with an elaborate history dating back over a millennia. Croydon is located on a major transport corridor and visitors often use Croydon as a convenient base for exploring both London and the south coast of England. Accommodation is generally much better value here than staying in Central London.
Croydon expanded rapidly during the medieval ages and evidence of this history fills the town's streets, including a series of original 18th century townhouses. Croydon Clocktower is the iconic landmark in the heart of the town while the Museum of Croydon showcases a history that includes leather tanning and the world's first public railway.
Atmospheric Croydon Market retains an old-world charm while the town is also famous for its breweries, with many local beers available in the traditional pubs.
Fast trains run from East Croydon Station to Central London, taking just 13 minutes to London Bridge and 15 minutes to London Victoria. Trains also travel south to destinations like Brighton, Hastings and London Gatwick Airport. West Croydon Station is at the southern end of the East London Overground line, providing connections to many eastern London boroughs. These transport connections are a huge advantage to staying in Croydon.
Croydon has a long transport history. It was London's main airport before World War II but was closed by 1959; the airport no longer exists but it's still possible to take a bus to the Croydon Airport stop. Surrey Iron Railway had two tracks and took the world's first train passengers to and from Croydon. There were two tracks and the carriages were dragged along by horses.