Be dazzled by the riot of colour for walks through the breath-taking stately homes at this time of year. The trees are turning from green to glorious yellow, fiery red and burnished gold.

Penshurst Place is a quintessentially stunning English manor home which is as popular with Hollywood film producers as with visitors to the area. Oozing Tudor charm it has been the location for The Other Bolyen Girl, The Princess Bride, Merlin, Wolf Hall and JK Rowling’s The Silkworm.

The foliage in the arboretum is ablaze of colour at Penshurst Place and it is a particularly beautiful time of year for a stroll with or without the family, the dog or friends.

With two free-to-access estate walks, which are open all year round, providing the opportunity to appreciate the natural local Wealden countryside you can catch exciting glimpses of Penshurst Place from all angles.

The Parkland Walk and the Riverside Walk are marked with numbered and colour-coded signs to follow and both can be completed in a day, starting and finishing in the visitor car park. Trail maps can be purchased from the Gift Shop.

Penshurst Place Arboretum (c) Cory Furness

A ‘must-see’ is the bright burst of blooms throughout September at Pashley Manor Gardens before it closes for the winter. Dahlia Days is a delightful and blousy farewell to summer taking place all September long with the head gardener giving insightful tours of the garden twice a week.

Hole Park Gardens is a cherished gem of an estate garden in a rural location at the edge of the borough near Rolvenden.  Really very beautiful, and after the bluebell season, autumn is a shining beacon in their botanical calendar.

The cafe is often staffed by the owner, Edward Barham who provides the archetypal English afternoon tea with homemade scones, jam and cream and that blissfully reviving cup of tea. Open on Wednesdays and Thursdays until 31 October and Sundays throughout October before wrapping up for winter.

Scotney Castle, as a National Trust property and pictured above, is yet another one of the ultimate places to admire the best of Mother Nature in autumn in the region of Tunbridge Wells. Don’t forget your camera, a truly Instagrammable inspiration for the inflammable leaf colours!

Here is more information of how to get around and a suggested itinerary for a tour of the gardens in the Tunbridge Wells area.

Pashley Manor Gardens, Purple Dahlias
Hole Park in Autumn