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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 activities 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.

Cycling, tramping, rambling 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!

For playful rock climbing visit Wellington Rocks and have a go at clambering all over them, as many a Tunbridge Wellian child has before you!

Genteel pastimes

Apart from promenading on the Pantiles and watching the world go by, why not have play a round of 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 serene get-away. Numerous lakes are open for coarse and fly fishing in quiet, timeless backwaters.

There are opportunities for gentle swimming indoors at one of the sports clubs, hotels or leisure centres.

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.

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 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.

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.

The Bowles Centre has 2 dry ski slopes, canoeing trips as well as sandstone rock climbing. There are many other family-friendly activities too.  The nearby train station is Eridge – 40 minutes from London.

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 each year.

Surrounded by 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 cosy 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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  1. 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.

  2. Add Penshurst Place and Gardens to your Itinerary

    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.

  3. Add Spa Valley Railway to your Itinerary

    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

  4. Add Pashley Manor Gardens to your Itinerary

    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.

  5. Add Chalybeate Spring to your Itinerary

    Chalybeate Spring

    Type

    Spa

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

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

  6. Add Putlands Sports & Leisure Centre to your Itinerary

    Putlands Sports & Leisure Centre

    Type

    Sports Ground

    Paddock Wood, Tonbridge

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

  7. Hawkhurst Fish Farm

    Add Hawkhurst Fish Farm to your Itinerary

    Hawkhurst Fish Farm

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    Fish Farm

    Hawkhurst

    Carp fishing for the family with a choice of 7 lakes, cafe and pottery.

  8. Add St Thomas a Becket Church, Capel to your Itinerary

    St Thomas a Becket Church, Capel

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    Church / Chapel

    Capel

    Twelfth century church with wallpaintings of the same period - the most extensive in West Kent. They depict various biblical scenes including Cain and Abel and The Last Supper.

  9. Add St. Mary's Church Goudhurst to your Itinerary

    St. Mary's Church Goudhurst

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    Church / Chapel

    Cranbrook

    The church on the hill above the village.

  10. Add Hever Castle and Gardens to your Itinerary

    Hever Castle and Gardens

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    Historic House / Palace

    Edenbridge

    Childhood home of Anne Boleyn and later of Lord Astor.

  11. Add High Rocks to your Itinerary

    High Rocks

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    Natural Feature

    Tunbridge Wells

    Acres of breathtaking sandstone rocks interlinked with bridges provide a scenic walk in a tranquil woodland setting.

  12. Calverley Grounds

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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.

  13. Add Temper Temper The Chocolate Experience to your Itinerary

    Temper Temper The Chocolate Experience

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    Cookery School

    Tunbridge Wells

    Have a go at making your own delicious confections!

  14. Add Bowles Outdoor Centre to your Itinerary

    Bowles Outdoor Centre

    Type

    Adventure Park / Playground

    Eridge Green

    A day and residential outdoor centre with accommodation offering rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, canoeing and development courses and fun!

  15. Add Kino Cinema Hawkhurst to your Itinerary

    Kino Cinema Hawkhurst

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    Cinema

    Hawkhurst

    Kino is the UK's first purely digital cinema with the full HD experience.

  16. Add The Forum to your Itinerary

    The Forum

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    Event Venue

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    From spring water dispensary to nationally acclaimed live music venue in Royal Tunbridge Wells!

  17. Add Salomons Estate to your Itinerary

    Salomons Estate

    Type

    Museum

    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.

  18. Add Leeds Castle to your Itinerary

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    Leeds Castle

    Type

    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…

  19. Add Weald Sports Centre to your Itinerary

    Weald Sports Centre

    Type

    Leisure / Swimming Pool

    Cranbrook

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

  20. Add Kent & East Sussex Railway to your Itinerary

    Kent & East Sussex Railway

    Type

    Steam Railway

    Tenterden

    One of the Seven Wonders of the Weald

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