Calverley Grounds is a refined landscaped park of formal beds and lawns found right in the centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells.
Dating from the 1830s, the grounds were originally part of the Decimus Burton development of Calverley New Town for private residents.
You can imagine Victorian ladies and gentleman strolling through these pleasant gardens watching little ones roll balls and hoops down the slopes.
The grounds were only created into a public domain in the 1920s and are formed of the south-western slopes of the estate. The entire area is Grade 2 and 2* listed as a conservation area.
The Hotel du Vin, previously the Calverley Hotel, has terraced gardens all of which are within the historic Calverley Estate envelope.
The communal parkland used to be the leisure grounds of the Hotel as well as for the private homeowners.
At the north-west entrance to the Estate there is a grand, high, sandstone carriage archway with a lodge in each column either side of the carriageway. Here is a plaque celebrating Burton’s significant contribution to the area.
The main entrance is defined by the black, wrought-iron gates which decorate the wide pathway. It can be seen from the shopping street of Mount Pleasant Road only 60 metres away, enticing visitors in for a moment of solace and refreshment.