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Fabulous 19th century architecture, Calverley Park Crescent

Fabulous 19th century architecture, Calverley Park Crescent

by Chris Parker

Explore Tunbridge Wells

Explore off the beaten track and find out what makes Tunbridge Wells one of the most desirable and happiest places in the UK.

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

Discover the prettiest English villages you could wish for and you will be delighted by their hospitable tranquillity and astounded by their grand historical contribution to British history.

Cultural activities and events abound with a myriad of things to do and see. Uncover fascinating artistic works - there is more to Tunbridge Wells than shopping!

Take time out to truly explore the achingly beautiful countryside and rich heritage and you will experience the ultimate serenity and peace of our little corner of the Garden of England.

Much of the area is in the High Weald, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and an attraction in itself along with the spectacular historic houses and landscaped gardens, castles, exceptional churches and other places of interest.

Vineyards and orchards are plentiful and naturally give rise to a beautiful scenic driving tour, a pure delight for any visitor.

The medieval market town of Cranbrook and picturesque villages such as BrenchleyBenendenGoudhurstHawkhurstHorsmondenLamberhurstMatfieldPaddock 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 ancient woodland to walk through.

Visit at anytime of year

Spring with its greenery and delicate pink and white blossom of the cherry and apple trees, the intense blue of the bluebells or Autumn with its spectacular display of vibrant red and gold colours, are the most colourful.

Whether you stay for a day or a week there is always something to discover to make your visit a memorable one.

Summer is simply a lush paradise showcasing Kent wildlife and flora at its very best.

Rolling fields, orchards, woodlands, country lanes and quaint villages have long inspired artists and writers alike. You too will be persuaded to linger longer!

Winter holds its own ephemeral quality with rolling low mists around spectral trees.

Of course Tunbridge Wells at Christmas is magical - twinkling lights, ice skating, warming up with delicious hot chocolate or mulled wine and the inviting aroma of cinnamon in the air…..

A Wealden Village

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

Pertinent characteristics of our rural buildings are horizontal white wooden panelling, some with red Kent peg tiles and some clad only in peg tiles.  The most iconic structures of course are the oast houses, wonderfully photographic 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.

Planning your personalised visit

Personalise your 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.

In order to help you better plan your next visit to Tunbridge Wells, we have outlined a collection of links below to the more popular sections of the site.

From there you will be able to find out more information on the specific topic of your choice.


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For something a bit different, take a look at our Be Inspired topics

And get the inside information and tips from the locals in the Blog.

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