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.
Information on walks can be found on the Walking page.
The medieval market town of Cranbrook and picturesque villages such as Brenchley, Benenden, Goudhurst, Hawkhurst, Horsmonden, Lamberhurst, Matfield, Paddock Wood, Sandhurst 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.
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.
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!