Stately Homes & Gardens in Tunbridge Wells
Royal Tunbridge Wells is surrounded by some of the finest stately homes and castles in Kent and Sussex, many with connections to well known figures from history.
The reputation and beauty of the Garden of England is no more apparent than in the gardens surrounding Royal Tunbridge Wells.
Only a short drive from the centre of Tunbridge Wells lies the Salomon Estate. This Victorian house with glorious gardens and museum is an absorbing lesser known attraction that tells the story of three generations of the Salomon family. Did you know they were one of the first families to have electric lighting in England? Come and explore the science theatre too!
From the renowned landscaped gardens of Leeds Castle to the moat and grand Italian Gardens at Hever Castle - each historic building and garden has something unique and wonderful to offer, and all within a 45 minute drive from Royal Tunbridge Wells.
Some of England’s most famous gardens such as Sissinghurst Gardens and Great Dixter are here, also hidden gems such as the tranquil woodland gardens at Marle Place (by appointment only) and the garden for all seasons, Hole Park, as well as the spectacular conifer forest at Bedgebury Pinetum.
For a taste of the grandeur of past times, enjoy the Elizabethan gardens at Penshurst Place; spectacular displays of tulips at Pashley Manor, and daffodils and azaleas at Scotney Castle; carpets of bluebells and fragrant roses at Groombridge Place.
Chiddingstone Castle is a fascinating historic house which has evolved since Tudor times. With its galleried, oak panelled Great Hall and other stately rooms housing the internationally renowned collections of Ancient Egyptian antiquities, Japanese Art and Craft, Royal Stuart and Jacobite memorabilia as well as antique books.
Further afield, a spectacular moated medieval manor house is situated in a rural valley. Ightham Mote has lakes, peaceful gardens, stunning views across the Weald and quiet woodland to wander through.
Every year, the National Garden Scheme organises open days for visitors to view beautiful gardens that are usually kept private.
In aid of charity, a small donation is asked for entry.
Often in exemplary settings as part of private and historic homes, here's your chance to be an admirer of unique personal garden projects.
Sometimes you can buy a cup of tea and a slice of homemade cake!