Around the borough of Tunbridge Wells, we have some idyllic English villages and towns to explore.

The Spa Valley Railway train trips take you on an enchanting tour through the green valleys of the Weald every weekend in the summer including to Groombridge. Here you’ll find a fairy tale country manor with gardens that provides many magical outdoor adventures like Crusoe’s World and TreeTops Walkway – a rope to walk on high up in the tree canopy, the highest in the UK. All this and more at Groombridge Place and the Enchanted Forest. By the way, there’s a river boat too!

The mediaeval market town of Cranbrook not only has some incredibly ancient architecture to admire, it has the advantage of boasting numerous independent art, gift, toy and clothes boutiques to browse too. A sure-fire way to keep the gloom at bay!

Cranbrook, medieval town in Kent
Cranbrook Museum by My Tunbridge Wells

Cranbrook Museum is a treasure trove of artefacts from the town depicting how people used to live and a quaint little building in itself dating from 1480! This is the medieval era, the time of Edward IV, 3 years after Caxton printed the first book in England and just before the Tudors came to power.

Read a little insight from a visitor’s experience: Top 10 things to do in Cranbrook by My Tunbridge Wells

Hole Park, family and dog friendly in Tunbridge Wells
Goudhurst village

Hole Park is near the border of the borough on the far eastern side. Another utterly charming garden famous for bluebells, blossom, and a barrage of other blooms as well as short or long walks where you can wander/wonder wide-eyed!

Goudhurst is a hilltop village with a fascinating history and far reaching views. Browse our village page and take a picturesque walk round the higgledy-piggledy tumbledown buildings.

The famous Penshurst Place is celebrating its 500-year anniversary of being owned by Henry VIII this year. Come and view the vast and beautiful Tudor estate including the Tudor manor house where Queen Elizabeth I stayed, the gorgeous gardens, the lake, the playground and woods too. Changes have been made to reassure visitors that you can confidently visit them. Picnics are allowed, the café and shop are open of course but don’t forget you will need to book online in advance for your entry to the attraction.

Penshurst Place South view by Peter Smith Jigsaw

Pashley Manor’s 11 acres are open which are well known for its tulips, roses, and dahlias. It is also the quintessential English Garden infused with perennials, annuals, bedding plants, sculpted trees and pretty walkways in coloured themes providing a buzzy port of call for wildlife. Some top inspiration for gardeners! Free parking is available and the café is open for light lunches and afternoon tea.

The National Trust’s Scotney Castle and Sissinghurst Castle Gardens have opened up to all but remember dogs to be kept on a lead.  You must pre-book and prices have been dropped to welcome you back!

Pashley Manor Gardens
Scotney Castle, National Trust by John Miller
Tower at Sissinghurst Castle Gardens, Kent by My Tunbridge Wells