The area offers town and country at its best. The historic spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells has welcomed visitors for over 400 years. Browse among the chic independent shops of the collonaded Pantiles and the High Street, with buzzy cafes bars, music and one-of-a-kind shops. Royal Tunbridge Wells lies in the heart of the beautiful High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The High Weald has many picturesque towns and villages amid the rolling hills, ancient woods and open heaths ready to explore.
If you’re looking for a beautiful small rural Kent village with a village green, overlooked by a majestic medieval church, then you must visit Benenden.
Nestled between Sandhurst and Cranbrook, the village is in the heart of the rural Garden of England and an experience to be enjoyed at leisure.
A popular village for commuters even almost 200 years ago!
The Flower of Kent was the name of the London-bound stagecoach that galloped back and forth from Brenchley, three times a week in 1823.
Cranbrook, Capital of the Weald
Cranbrook is a pretty settlement with a medieval layout of streets and alleys. Many buildings date from the 15th century through to the 19th century.
With famous attractions nearby, plenty of accommodation and events running throughout the year, Cranbrook in the Weald of Kent is the ideal destination for both a short break or long vacation.
Goudhurst is a delight with its village high street tumbling down the steep hill from the church to the village pond. This winding hill played host (or is that havoc?!) to the Tour de France in 2007.
The village and, in particular the historic 14th century tower at St Mary’s Church, commands wonderful views over the Kent countryside.
This historic and infamous village is situated within the Kentish High Weald near the border of East Sussex.
Hawkhurst is really two villages in one – the tranquil settlement in the oldest part known as The Moor, and a pretty shopping area complete with hanging baskets and a covered walkway at Highgate.
The name of this pretty agricultural village means ‘horsemen’s woodland pasture’.
For such a tiny village in the middle of one of the most rural parts of the Weald of Kent, Horsmonden has a huge history.
The famous Lamberhurst Gloucester ironworks, named after Queen Anne’s shortlived son, was amongst the last in Kent to produce iron.
In the main street is a portion of the early railings of St Paul’s Cathedral, made in the village in 1710 and returned to the village in 1976.
Near to Royal Tunbridge Wells, it is definitely a contender for the quaintest English village with chocolate-box village green, cricket pitch, and endearing duck pond encircled by graceful Georgian houses.
Siegfried Sassoon, the famous World War I poet, was born and grew up in Matfield.
The small town of Paddock Wood grew up around the railway in 1842 which provided access for local fruit growers and hop farmers to London and the coast.
Hop pickers used to come on their annual summer ‘holiday’ to this area and spent the summer in the surrounding fields.
A lovely little haven one mile west of the town of Royal Tunbridge Wells and Tunbridge Wells Common, Rusthall is hidden among the trees and surrounded by rocky sandstone outcrops complete with some lively village shops.
A village with two centres, one developed around Toad Rock in the 1800s, the Victorian era, as a summer holiday resort.
With very early military credentials going back to 1066, Sandhurst in Kent is only a 30 minute scenic drive from Royal Tunbridge Wells, and a marvellous stop off between coast and town.
A charming white clapboard rural Wealden village and home to the 2014 Kent Tea Shop of the Year.
The little village of Sissinghurst in Kent is most well known for the famous gardens in the ‘Castle’, and is surrounded by woodland in the far east of the region of Tunbridge Wells.
For horticultural hobbyists and garden groupies it is a stalwart on the garden tours of the Garden of England!
Today this busy town has many quieter areas to offer the visitor, especially if you are looking for strolling and dining options just on the doorstep of Royal Tunbridge Wells.
Since 1639, the Cavaliers have stayed at Southborough lodgings in order to partake of the waters at the Chalybeate Spring! see more...
Only 5 km from Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent, much of Speldhurst dates from the 19th century and is another fine example of our quaint Wealden villages.
Original birth place of the Speldhurst Sausage, these delicious little lovelies are now made in nearby Eridge.
The chance discovery in 1606 of a Spring with distinctive reddish tinted mineral deposits led to the development of the Pantiles and later on, Royal Tunbridge Wells.
The practice of drinking from natural springs for health reasons dates back to Roman times.