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Cranbrook Museum

Cranbrook Museum

by Chris Shoebridge

Museums in Tunbridge Wells

Find out how this beautiful region came to be so important to the history of England and Kent. Decimus Barton, Dudley Lord North, Queen Victoria, Sid Vicious and the hop-pickers from East London are all a part of the make up of this pretty part of the Weald.

The Story of Tunbridge Wells

The collections at Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery on Mount Pleasant Road reveal the history of Tunbridge Wells, including one of the most impressive collections of Tunbridge ware in the world – locally crafted marquetry first made in the 1700s.

Displays include art, natural history artefacts, archaeology, craft and toys amongst others.  From decadence to humility, discover the story behind a beautiful spa town in the south east of England.

The Salomons Estate near the town centre has a wealth of history about the local well-to-do, visit the Museum in the regal gardens of the mansion house and feel a part of the 1850s.

Stories from the Weald

The Cranbrook Museum houses a local history collection within a 15th century timber-framed farmhouse bringing to life Victorian Cranbrook, including the trade and industry on which the town was built.  There are tranquil gardens and a pond to be enjoyed and family history archives for researchers. 

Unfortunately the famed Finchcocks Musical Museum in Goudhurst had to close at the end December 2015 as the owners retired. However, there is still much to be enjoyed in delightful red-tiled hill village of Goudhurst. Find the pirate’s grave in the hill-top churchyard and climb up the church tower. History oozes out of the buildings, all higgledy-piggledy and crooked!

Further inspiration

Don’t forget to check the What’s On pages and search facility to find out the latest exhibitions and displays at the museums in Tunbridge Wells.  To further whet your appetite, there is more to discover on our History pages too.

Our accommodation guide can help you plan your stay for longer so you can fit it all in!

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  1. Add Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery to your Itinerary

    Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery

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    Royal Tunbridge Wells

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  2. Add  Salomons Estate to your Itinerary

    Salomons Estate

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    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Salomons Estate – Kent’s undiscovered gem

    Constructed by Decimus Burton for Sir David Salomon, it was the first house in Britain to use domestic electricity.

  3. Add Capturing on Collodian - Exhibition at Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery to your Itinerary

    Capturing on Collodian - Exhibition at Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Sean Hawkey's new photographic portraits of people from Tunbridge Wells, captured using the Collodian Process.

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    Exhibition

    Dates

    From:
    27 Jan 2017 To 27 May 2017
  4. Add Sculpture in Particular at Pashley Manor Gardens to your Itinerary

    Sculpture in Particular at Pashley Manor Gardens

    Ticehurst, near Wadhurst

    Pashley Manor is proud to host an exhibition and sale of almost 200 pieces of sculpture at their award winning gardens in Sussex at the Sculpture in Particular event from late May to early June.

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    From:
    27 May 2017 To 3 Jun 2017
  5. Add Cranbrook Museum to your Itinerary

    Cranbrook Museum

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    Cranbrook

    A 'must' for every visitor to the Weald.

  6. Add Exhibition of Adam Hargreaves' Oil Paintings at The Fairfax Gallery to your Itinerary

    Exhibition of Adam Hargreaves' Oil Paintings at The Fairfax Gallery

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Adam Hargreaves' Solo Exhibition of oil paintings. The writer and illustrator of Mr Men books, as well as his latest new character Molly Mischief, has created several new oil paintings of Kent and Sussex landscapes.

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  7. Spring Exhibition at Woods Restaurant

    Add Spring Exhibition at Woods Restaurant to your Itinerary

    Spring Exhibition at Woods Restaurant

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Spring Exhibition at Woods Restaurant, featuring artists Erica Adams, Emily Mei and Carol Ann Slater.

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    Exhibition

    Dates

    From:
    7 Mar 2017 To 5 Jun 2017
  8. Meet the Artists - Spring Exhibition at Woods Restaurant

    Add Meet the Artists - Spring Exhibition at Woods Restaurant to your Itinerary

    Meet the Artists - Spring Exhibition at Woods Restaurant

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Meet the artists at the Spring Exhibition at Woods Restaurant - Erica Adams, Emily Mei and Carol Ann Slater.

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  9. Add Royal Tunbridge Wells Model Railway Exhibition at Southborough Primary School to your Itinerary

    Royal Tunbridge Wells Model Railway Exhibition at Southborough Primary School

    Southborough

    More than 20 model railway layouts, along with a number of trade stands, will be on show in a variety of scales from tiny Z gauge to O Gauge.

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    Exhibition

    Dates

    From:
    20 May 2017 To 20 May 2017
  10. Add Pembury Art and Craft 2017 to your Itinerary

    Pembury Art and Craft 2017

    Pembury

    Annual community event held in the church which is transformed into a light open space.

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    Exhibition

    Dates

    From:
    19 May 2017 To 19 May 2017
    From:
    20 May 2017 To 21 May 2017

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