Cranbrook Museum - photo by Chris Shoebridge Cranbrook Museum - photo by Chris Shoebridge Entranced at the Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery - photo by David Hodgkinson Entranced at the Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery - photo by David Hodgkinson Cranbrook Museum near Tunbridge Wells by David Hodgkinson Cranbrook Museum - photo by David Hodgkinson Family fun day at the museum - photo by David Hodgkinson Family fun day at the museum - photo by David Hodgkinson Trinket boxes - photo by David Hodgkinson Trinket boxes - photo by David Hodgkinson

Find out how this beautiful region came to be so important to the history of England and Kent. Decimus Barton, Dudley Lord North, Queen Victoria, Sid Vicious and the hop-pickers from East London are all a part of the make up of this pretty part of the Weald.

The Story of Tunbridge Wells

Discover the history of Tunbridge Wells in the Amelia Scott (open 7 days a week). In the ‘Story of the Wells’ exhibition you will be able to find out how the town was founded, view an original Pantile and explore our photographic archive.

The Salomons Estate near the edge of Royal Tunbridge Wells has a wealth of history about the local well-to-do pioneering Salomons’ generations. Visit the Museum in the regal gardens of the Georgian mansion house and feel a part of the 1850s.

Stories from the Weald

The Cranbrook Museum houses a local history collection within a 15th century timber-framed farmhouse bringing to life Victorian Cranbrook, including the trade and industry on which the town was built.  There are tranquil gardens and a pond to be enjoyed and family history archives for researchers. Watch their video to get a sneak preview.

The new owers at Finchcocks in Goudhurst have just announced plans to continue the musical legacy, with parts of the house being used to host piano courses for adults of all abilities. There is much to be enjoyed in delightful red-tiled hill village of Goudhurst. Find the pirate’s grave in the hill-top churchyard and climb up the church tower. History oozes out of the buildings, all higgledy-piggledy and crooked!

Further inspiration

Don’t forget to check the What’s On pages and search facility to find out the latest exhibitions and displays at the museums in Tunbridge Wells.  To further whet your appetite, there is more to discover on our History pages too.

Our accommodation guide can help you plan your stay for longer so you can fit it all in!