The Seven Wonders of the Weald are a hand picked selection of very special places to visit in this beautiful Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
All Seven Wonders are around 30 minutes’ drive from one another and all over the borough of Tunbridge Wells and beyond, see map below.
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!
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. Groombridge Place Gardens , Set against the stunning backdrop of the moated manor house (currently closed to the public), the elegant walled gardens will once again be welcoming visitors. Why not stroll along the tranquil canal path which leads to the adventure forest and Crusoe’s World with it’s maze of rope bridges and walkways, a new slide and the magical wooden pirate ship…all of which is sure to spark the imaginations of all the family.
Further within the forest, find the Giant Tree with it’s nest swings, a firm favourite with young and old!
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!
Seven Wonders at the doorstep of Royal Tunbridge Wells
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.
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.