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The Heath, Horsmonden

The Heath, Horsmonden

by David Hodgkinson

Tunbridge Wells Towns & Villages

Lying in the unspoilt beauty of the Weald countryside, many small towns and villages still retain the essence of the medieval English landscape with a long history of hop-picking and brewing ale or beer.

Discover the grand historical links that some of the tiny Wealden villages have and their contribution to English history and economy on their individual web pages.

Vineyards and orchards abound and make for a beautiful scenic driving tour, delighting any visitor who passes through.

Information on walks can be found on the Walking page.

The medieval market town of Cranbrook and picturesque villages such as  BrenchleyBenenden, GoudhurstHawkhurstHorsmondenLamberhurst, MatfieldPaddock WoodSandhurst and Sissinghurst make pleasant stopping points on a tour of the Weald in West Kent.

If you’re wondering what 'hurst' means, it is an anglo-saxon term for a wooded hill, and there is still plenty of woodland around to explore.

A Wealden Village

The villages all have a pub, most have a green – take a picnic and admire the ancient cottages.  Look for the local manor house, usually in Tudor or Georgian style.

Pertinent characteristics of our rural buildings are small cottages with white wooden cladding , some with Kent peg tiles and some only clad in peg tiles.  The most iconic structures of course are the oast houses, wonderfully picturesque in any light.

These towns and villages offer independent shopsrestaurants and village pubs serving local food and are within a short drive of the main centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells.

The Weald is also home to a variety of spectacular historic houses, exceptional churches and landscaped gardens.

Organise your trip

The immediate environs of the town of Royal Tunbridge Wells are host to a few lively parishes with their own tight knit communities.

Places such as Rusthall, Southborough and Speldhurst have their own heritage and history to explore along with locally-owned stores and cafés.

We have put together a scenic driving tour for you to follow.  This will take you right to the heart of the High Weald.

Alternatively you can plan your own tour of the Tunbridge Wells area using the "My Itinerary" tool at the top of all the web pages and include your favourite attractions and pit stops!

Explore Highlights

Weald Sports Centre

High quality sporting facilities to include swimming pool, sports hall, fitness...

St Dunstan's, Cranbrook

St. Dunstan's Church Cranbrook

Cathedral of the Weald.

Odeon Tunbridge Wells

Multi-screen cinema

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