The Seven Wonders of The Weald
The Seven Wonders of the Weald are a hand picked selection of very special places to visit in this beautiful Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
All Seven Wonders are around 30 minutes’ drive from one another and all over the borough of Tunbridge Wells and beyond, see map below.
Grand Gardens And Adventure Await
By exploring these Seven Wonders, you can save money and see several attractions while touring the local countryside and staying in the area.
From the beautiful gardens at Chiddingstone Castle to the magic of The Enchanted Forest at Groombridge Place, there is plenty to choose from to plan for one day or several days out.
What’s included in the Seven Wonders of the Weald Pass
The Seven Wonders of The Weald include award-winners Chiddingstone Castle, Biddenden Vineyard, Hole Park Estate and Groombridge Place, as well as National Trust owned Scotney Castle, The Kent & East Sussex Railway and Royal Tunbridge Wells.
Information about the Seven Wonders of the Weald
1. Royal Tunbridge Wells is the welcoming host of the Weald and its Wonders. Here you can plan your day at the Tourist Information Centre (in the historic Corn Exchange) and whilst you do so, give yourself up to the prettiness and history of the pedestrianised Pantiles.
2. Chiddingstone Castle, a very large Tudor manor, has a clutch of awards and recently won an award from the British Museum for their Ancient Egyptian themed garden. Not only are the grounds and gardens grand to see but so are the antiques and works of art inside including Buddhist and Japanese artefacts.
3. Groombridge Place is the home to the Enchanted Forest and equally engaging formal gardens including an outdoor chess set and secret garden passages!
4. Scotney Castle, the only National Trust castle included in the Pass, is a delight to see at all times of year. So atmospheric you’d be a fool to forget the camera. Come and see the grounds and the unusual collection of fans inside.
5. Hole Park Gardens provides a beautiful and tranquil escape into a garden full of colour with the glorious display of spring flowers followed by the spectacular display of bluebells and autumn colours.
A locals’ favourite and exquisite place to wander and ponder.
6. The Kent & East Sussex Railway runs steam and vintage diesel trains from Tenterden to Bodiam with popular guests like Thomas the Tank Engine and themes such as the 1940s.
Bodiam Castle is a fab fun day out near Tunbridge Wells and is very close to Bodiam Station. With drawbridge, towers, moat and tea room, it is a fairy-tale trip.
7. Biddenden Vineyard is Kent’s first money-making vineyard and orchard. Award winners of British wine, famous Biddenden cider and apple juices, all are made on site in a very rural part of the Weald of Kent. Free tours are available if booked ahead or you can take yourself around the estate. Free tasters too of course!
What is the Seven Wonders of the Weald Pass about?
All the Wonders have full line-ups of events from spring markets to summer festivals of literature, art, craft and gardens; to Christmas fairs, historical re-enactments and theatrical dramas.
Enjoy planning ahead by browsing through the What’s On Search box to the right.
You can save at least £56 in 2016*. The passes last for one year and provide one free adult entry to each attraction and a special offer at Biddenden Vineyard.
Buy the Seven Wonders of the Weald Pass from Tunbridge Wells Tourist Information Centre in person or online at the Seven Wonders website.
Restaurants and other places to eat and explore are also described on the Food & Drink pages.
*figure based on Seven Wonders website data, 14 Nov 2016.