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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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  1. 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

  2. Add Pashley Manor Gardens to your Itinerary

    Pashley Manor Gardens

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    Garden

    Ticehurst, Wadhurst

    Pashley is an ideal destination for garden lovers, art and history enthusiasts, keen photographers or those looking for a peaceful and enjoyable day out surrounded by beauty and nature.

  3. Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk

    Type

    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.

  4. Add Chalybeate Spring to your Itinerary

    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'.

  5. 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.

  6. Add Sissinghurst Castle Garden to your Itinerary

    Sissinghurst Castle Garden

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    Garden

    Cranbrook

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

  7. Add The Hop Farm Family Park to your Itinerary

    The Hop Farm Family Park

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    Adventure Park / Playground

    Paddock Wood, Maidstone

    The Hop Farm Family Park is Kent’s major visitor attraction and event venue. Open every day of the year and only £3 per person to enter (this includes all day Outdoor Adventure Play, Indoor Soft Play, The Animal farm, Crazy Golf and Free Parking), the Family Park has attractions for all age groups...

  8. Add Biddenden Vineyards to your Itinerary

    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.

  9. Add Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre to your Itinerary

    Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre

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    Theatre

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Located in a converted Grade A listed church by the noted architect Decimus Burton, Trinity Theatre hosts a varied programme of art exhibitions, theatre, films, dance, opera and music productions.

  10. Add UK Electric Bike Hire & Tours to your Itinerary

    UK Electric Bike Hire & Tours

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    Cycling

    Biddenden

    Why not try an electric bike, zipping between vineyards or maybe stop at an iconic castle or a world-famous garden?  Our routes take you along the  quiet lanes of the Weald of Kent, passing oast houses and Wealden hall houses, farmsteads and ancient woodland.  You can stop at a village pub for...

  11. 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.

  12. Add Assembly Hall Theatre to your Itinerary

    Assembly Hall Theatre

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    Theatre

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    The Assembly Hall Theatre is a 1,000 seat theatre offering an eclectic programme with everything from family shows to classical music.

  13. 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.

  14. Add Cranbrook Museum to your Itinerary

    Cranbrook Museum

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    Museum

    Cranbrook

    A 'must' for every visitor to the Weald.

  15. 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.

  16. Temper Temper The Chocolate Experience

    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!

  17. Add Leeds Castle to your Itinerary

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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...

  18. Add All Saints Church Tudeley to your Itinerary

    All Saints Church Tudeley

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    Church / Chapel

    Tudeley, Tonbridge

    A delightful 13/14th century church, restored in the 18th century, noted for its stained glass windows by the artist, Marc Chagall.

  19. Add The Queen's Hall Theatre to your Itinerary

    The Queen's Hall Theatre

    Type

    Theatre

    Cranbrook

    Providing entertainment in the heart of the Kent Weald.

  20. Bowles Outdoor Centre

    Add Bowles Outdoor Centre to your Itinerary

    Bowles Outdoor Centre

    Type

    Adventure Park / Playground

    Eridge Green

    A residential outdoor centre with accommodation for 94 offering rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, canoeing and outdoor management development courses.

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