Activities in Tunbridge Wells
So what can you do in Tunbridge Wells?
You’ll be pleased to know there are many exciting things to do in Tunbridge Wells!
The rolling Wealden countryside lends itself to all sorts of different kinds of things to do for the peaceable countryside admirer and the adrenaline fuelled visitor.
Wet or dry, you won’t be disappointed. Whether you’re looking to plan an activity break in Tunbridge Wells or just an activity for the day you’ll find a whole host of pursuits that you can get stuck into with family or friends.
Free things to do in Tunbridge Wells
Criss-crossed by a network of footpaths and longer walks such as the Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk and The Weald Way, ramblers will find lots to love and experience from the many walks in Tunbridge Wells.
For playful rock climbing go to the Wellington Rocks and have a go at clambering all over them, as many a Tunbridge Wellian child has before you!
Cycling, tramping or walking, perusing art galleries and museums are just a few of the fabulous free things to do in Tunbridge Wells, not to mention very popular. You will see why when you visit as your sense of wonder and escapism will be thrilled by such exceptional views.
A number of our golf courses welcome visitors and it is certainly a healthy way to enjoy the countryside with the 19th hole nearby to refuel. Either next to town or in a remote rural village, you can improve your handicap and revel in some of the prettiest parts of the UK at the same time.
Fishing is also a popular hobby in the Tunbridge Wells region; some say the perfect get-away. Numerous lakes are open for coarse and fly fishing in quiet, timeless backwaters.
For the Adrenaline Junkies...
Rock climbing is a growing sport in these parts. There are three places where you can go rock climbing: The Bowles Outdoor Centre, Chimera Climbing Centre and Harrisons Rocks.
Harrisons Rocks is a natural wonder in Tunbridge Wells, open to all and worth going just to look at although you can experience serious levels of ropework here.
The Bowles Centre has 2 dry ski slopes, canoeing trips as well as sandstone rock climbing. There are many other activities too. The nearby train station is Eridge – 40 minutes from London.
Bewl Water, near Lamberhurst, the region’s largest lake, offers the perfect opportunity for water sports including sailing, canoeing, windsurfing, fly-fishing and a 21km cycle route round the reservoir.
Bedgebury, near Goudhurst, is home to a beautiful forest of conifer trees, and a restful place to walk in all seasons. Come again and again to see the stunning colour changes throughout the year, especially round the lakes.
For the more adventurous, visitors can experience the award winning high-wire attraction Go-Ape, at Bedgebury. Go whizzing down the zip wires through the tree canopy just like in the Jungle Book. Suitable wires are set up for children.
Train driving is many a boy’s dream. Dreams can come true with Spa Valley Railway in Tunbridge Wells. Take a shunt along the line through the countryside and relish a train enthusiast’s paradise!
Try your hand (or feet) at ice skating from November to January in Calverley Grounds.
Make sure you book well in advance for the session of your choice; this gets more and more popular every year.
Surrounded by cosy wooden chalets and cafés selling warming hot chocolate and homemade sausage rolls or gluhwein and bratwurst (or is it bockwurst or knockwurst…?!!), come and soak up the festive atmosphere.
Top Tips and Further Information
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Stay at a hotel in Tunbridge Wells or rent a self-catering home from home to really get stuck in to your down-time on holiday. High quality inspected accommodation will soothe you to ultimate relaxation in the Garden of England.
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