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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.

For one of the best we recommend cycling up a former Tour de France hill stage in Goudhurst as well as round Brenchley and Paddock Wood!

Genteel pastimes

Apart from promenading on the Pantiles and watching the world go by, why not have a go at golf?

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.

Of course, visiting a Royal Spa town means there are deliciously luxurious ways to unwind here. The Spa page and Blog can give you the details on the best places to go.

There are opportunities for gentle swimming indoors or out in the wild all around us.

For the Adrenaline Junkies...

There are a number of sports to get involved in in this area, just have a read through!

Rock climbing is a definite 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.

The two thousand acres of forest has enough room for family cycling and cycle hire, mountain biking, horse riding, walking, picnics and adventure playgrounds as well as ParkRun.  Dogs welcome too!

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!

Winter Fun

Try your hand (err.. 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.

Curling is another increasingly popular sport and we are lucky enough to have the only curling rink in fair England - Fentons - right here in our borough.

Top Tips and Further Information

For rainy day inspiration do read our Rainy Day page. The Sports Centres are just one of the places you can go and burn off some energy.

Search from a wide and varied list of outdoor and indoor activities in the area using the ‘Search Things To Do’ box on the right.

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 accommodation will soothe you to ultimate relaxation in the Garden of England.

Read through our web pages for plenty more detailed information on all these local activities and things to do for the visitor.

Get the insider info from the locals on their Blogs too.

Even more inspiration for activity breaks in Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding area can be obtained from the Be Inspired pages not to mention the Tourist Information Centre.

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    Penshurst Place and Gardens

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    Historic House / Palace

    Penshurst

    Set in the beautiful Weald of Kent, Penshurst Place & Gardens and the surrounding estate have stood on the banks of the river Medway since the 14th century, when the awe-inspiring medieval Baron’s Hall was built as a country retreat for the Lord Mayor of London, Sir John De Pulteney.

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    Pashley Manor Gardens

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    Garden

    Ticehurst, Wadhurst

    At Pashley you will discover 11 acres of beautiful borders and vistas - the culmination of a lifetime of passion for gardening and an admiration of the tradition of the English country garden.

  3. Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk

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    Waymarked Trail

    Tunbridge Wells

    The Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk is a 27.5 mile (44.3km) route that explores the wide variety of fertile and beautiful countryside around Royal Tunbridge Wells, a town within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the borders of Kent and East Sussex.

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    Spa Valley Railway

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    Steam Railway

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Spa Valley Railway takes you on a picturesque railway journey through through the beautiful Wealden countryside from Tunbridge Wells to High Rocks, Groombridge and Eridge

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    Chalybeate Spring

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    Spa

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Visitors came to see and be seen in fashionable Tunbridge Wells, but above all to 'take the waters'.

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    Parish Church of King Charles The Martyr

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    Church / Chapel

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    The first permanent building in Tunbridge Wells. Stunning plasterwork ceiling by Sir Christopher Wren's Chief Plasterer.

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    Ightham Mote

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    Historic House / Palace

    Sevenoaks

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    Sissinghurst Castle Garden

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    Cranbrook

    Famous, stunning gardens set in the remains of a large Elizabethan house amidst the unspoilt Weald countryside.

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    Hush Heath Winery

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    Vineyard

    Staplehurst

    Hush Heath Estate has been producing England's most exclusive pink fizz, Balfour Brut Rosé, since it's award winning 2004 vintage

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    Cranbrook Museum

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    Museum

    Cranbrook

    A 'must' for every visitor to the Weald.

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    Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest

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    Forest

    Goudhurst

    Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest is a magnificent place for healthy outdoor activities.

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    Dunorlan Park

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    Parkland / Woodland Garden

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    A glorious local awarding winning park and testament to the Victorian landscaping era. Boating lake and cafe.

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    Parkland / Woodland Garden

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Calverley Grounds is a lovely landscaped park of gardens located in the centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells with attractive lawns and ornamental gardens, including an Italianate garden and welcoming cafe.

  14. Add Scotney Castle to your Itinerary

    Scotney Castle

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    Garden

    Lamberhurst

    Not one but two houses! Victorian country house and ruined 14th century moated castle set in one of England's most romantic 'picturesque' style gardens.

  15. Add Putlands Sports & Leisure Centre to your Itinerary

    Putlands Sports & Leisure Centre

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    Sports Ground

    Paddock Wood, Tonbridge

    Purpose built centre provides sports hall, fitness studio, meeting rooms, outdoor tennis courts, football and rugby pitches.

  16. Hollywood Bowl

    Hollywood Bowl

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    Bowling

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Bowl on one of the 24 lanes, have a drink from the bar, play at the American Pool Pit, dine out and experience the latest in arcade technology as well as Virtual Reality.

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    Hole Park Gardens

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    Garden

    Rolvenden

    15 acres of spectacular gardens and woodlands. Spectacular bluebell wood.

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    Weald Sports Centre

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    Leisure / Swimming Pool

    Cranbrook

    High quality sporting facilities to include swimming pool, sports hall, fitness studio, exercise studio and creche.

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    Biddenden Vineyards

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    Vineyard

    Biddenden

    Biddenden Vineyards are set in 23 acres on a south facing slope where eleven varieties of grape are grown to produce white, red, rose and quality sparkling wines.

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    Leeds Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Leeds, Maidstone

    Leeds Castle is one of the most spectacular castles in the UK and your first view of the castle will be one you remember, as it is both classical and spectacular. The castle sits serenely on its island in the middle of the moat, with its crenulations, stone buttresses, bridges and arches. There...

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