Grand Gardens And Adventure Await
By exploring these Seven Wonders, you can save money and see several attractions while touring the local countryside and staying in the area.
From the beautiful castle gardens to the magic of our hidden gems, there is plenty to choose from to plan for one day or several days out. And crucially, all are dog friendly!
What’s included in the Seven Wonders of the Weald Pass
The Seven Wonders of The Weald include award-winners Chiddingstone Castle, Biddenden Vineyard, Hole Park Estate, as well as National Trust owned Scotney Castle and Knole, and Spa Valley Railway and the town of Royal Tunbridge Wells.
Information about the Seven Wonders of the Weald
1. Royal Tunbridge Wells is the welcoming host of the Weald and its Wonders. Here you can plan your day at the Tourist Information Centre (in the historic Corn Exchange) and whilst you do so, give yourself up to the prettiness and history of the pedestrianised Pantiles.
2. Chiddingstone Castle, a very large Tudor manor, has a clutch of awards and recently won an award from the British Museum for their Ancient Egyptian themed garden. Not only are the grounds and gardens grand to see but so are the antiques and works of art inside including Buddhist and Japanese artefacts.
3. Knole was the hunting lodge of King Henry VIII and is home to the descendants of the wild fallow and sika deer that were placed there in the 1400s! The ‘house’ was originally a medieval archbishops palace and is lived in today by the Sackville family who owned it from 1603.
Now a National Trust property, get lost in the famous works of art (Gainsborough and Reynolds amongst others) or in the park of 1,000 acres next to the town of Sevenoaks.
4. Scotney Castle, a National Trust castle and gardens, is a delight to see at all times of year. So atmospheric you’d be a fool to forget the camera. Come and see the grounds and the unusual collection of fans inside.
5. Hole Park Gardens provides a beautiful and tranquil escape into a garden full of colour with the glorious display of spring flowers followed by the spectacular display of bluebells and autumn colours.
A locals’ favourite and exquisite place to wander and ponder.
6. The Spa Valley Railway runs steam and vintage diesel trains from Tunbridge Wells West to Eridge with popular guests like Paw Patrol and themes such as Real Ale Rails.
Groombridge Place and The Enchanted Forest is a fab fun day out near Tunbridge Wells and is very close to Groombridge Station. With tree-top walkway, Crusoe’s World play area, river boat and tea room, it is a fairy-tale trip.
7. Biddenden Vineyard is Kent’s first money-making vineyard and orchard. Award winners of British wine, famous Biddenden cider and apple juices, all are made on site in a very rural part of the Weald of Kent. Free tours are available if booked ahead or you can take yourself around the estate. Free tasters too of course!
What is the Seven Wonders of the Weald Pass about?
All the Wonders have full line-ups of events from spring markets to summer festivals of literature, art, craft and gardens; to Christmas fairs, historical re-enactments and theatrical dramas.
The passes last for one year and provide one free adult entry to each attraction and a special offer at Biddenden Vineyard.
Buy the Seven Wonders of the Weald Pass from Tunbridge Wells Tourist Information Centre in person or online at the Seven Wonders website.
Make yourself at home in Tunbridge Wells; easily find perfectly placed accommodation by looking at our web pages on hotels, bed and breakfasts and self catering accommodation.
Restaurants and other places to eat and explore are also described on the Food & Drink pages.