Kent has an abundance of things to do and see. Whether it be the perfect weekend getaway in our vibrant towns and villages or a week-long heritage and nature exploring stay, we have something for everyone. We have specially curated for you, some of the top things to do in Tunbridge Wells, West Kent during your trip.

1. Discover the Kent Heritage

A paradise for history, this corner of Kent has more castles, stately homes, and gardens open to the public than any other area of the UK. Scotney Castle is the most romantic in Kent with its medieval architecture and year-round flourishing gardens. For true garden lovers, a must visit is Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens. It is world famous and thousands of visitors a year come to Sissinghurst to admire the White Garden in particular. Climb the Castle Tower to see the aerial view of the gardens and further afield across the countryside. For more information about all our Stately Home and Castles, click here. Escape the everyday and come enjoy the Garden of England in Kent.

2. Explore the picturesque villages of Tunbridge Wells

Much of the area is in the High Weald, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and an attraction in itself along with the spectacular historic stately homes, landscaped gardens, castles, exceptional churches, and other places of interest.

The adjoining villages to the town of Royal Tunbridge Wells like Rusthall, Southborough and Speldhurst are equally attractive for many reasons such as their historical contribution but also their own special events held annually and independent shops. The medieval market town of Cranbrook and picturesque villages such as Brenchley, Benenden, Goudhurst, Hawkhurst, Hormonden, Lamberhurst, Matfield, Paddock Woods, Sandhurst and Sissinghurst make pleasant stopping points on a tour of the Weald in West Kent. Explore our villages here.

3. Go on a hike or cycle in the High Weald

Did you know that at least 70% of Tunbridge Wells Borough is designated as High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, giving it a unique and protected status?

With some of the best landscapes in the country and a fantastic choice of public footpaths and cycling tracks, the best way to see the glorious countryside and woodlands of Kent and Sussex is on foot or by bike.

There are different trails for all levels and passes. Learn more about our cycling routes and walking trails to plan your trip! Bikes can be easily hired from Countrybike and delivered to your preferred location.

4. Sample the ‘Garden of England’

Kent is known as the “Garden of England” for its abundance of orchards and hop gardens. As you explore the countryside, you will notice the distinctive hop-drying buildings called oast houses. Kent also has an abundance of vineyards and produce world renowned wines from wineries such as Balfour and Chapel Down. Sample the fresh local produce from our many restaurants or shop directly at a farm shop. Pick the perfect ingredients to cook a wholesome meal or find a delicious gift or souvenir to take home.

Find out about some of best places to eat and drink in Tunbridge Wells through our blogs that are written by local residents. Here are some blog highlights: The Perfect Sustainable Foodie’s Weekend in Tunbridge Wells, A Foodie Tour around Cranbrook or An International Foodie Experience in Tunbridge Wells

5. Experience the Culture in Tunbridge Wells

Royal Tunbridge Wells has two theatres (Trinity Theatre and Assembly Hall Theatre) where you can watch all genres of plays, musicals and concerts as well as The Forum, an independent music venue, which opened in 1993. It has seen celebrities in their early career such as Adele, Ellie Goulding, Green Day and many more

The area has a thriving live music and cultural festival scene and is especially know for the summer long Jazz on the Pantiles festival in Royal Tunbridge Wells and the Cranbrook Apple Fayre. Keep an eye on our events calendar to know what’s on when you visit the area.

6. Explore the Royal Town

Royal Tunbridge Wells is the perfect getaway during all seasons. Festivals, concerts and theatre performances run all year round. Independent boutiques and cafés offer a unique shopping experience. Sample some of the best cuisine in Kent with award winning restaurants and gastro pubs. Learn about the history of Tunbridge Wells and how it became ‘Royal’ at the newly opened cultural hub, The Amelia Scott, and walk the Pantiles colonnaded promenade for a step back into history or download our free audio trail. To explore the surrounding nature and countryside, hop on board the Spa Valley Railway and enjoy a drive through the High Weald.

7. Hop on board a steam train

The Spa Valley Railway is a unique attraction in Royal Tunbridge Wells. Hop on board one of Kent’s heritage railways and explore the High Weald, from Tunbridge Wells West station (a short walk from the historic Pantiles).

The Railway host special themed events throughout the year, as well the opportunity to book an afternoon tea or traditional ploughman’s lunch to enjoy whilst on board; this is one stylish way to explore the various attractions with the Spa Valley slogan: ‘A destination at every station!’. Stops include the High Rocks, Groombridge (near Groombridge Place and Gardens) and Eridge in Sussex.