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Family Friendly Attractions in Tunbridge Wells

Royal Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding area has plenty of things to do to keep children and teenagers entertained with great value attractions, adventure play areas, fun with arts and crafts, soft play and activities in abundance.

Top 6 Family Friendly Attractions Around Tunbridge Wells

  1. Journey back in time to enjoy a nostalgic trip on a steam train on the Spa Valley Railway travelling through the beautiful Kent and Sussex countryside. There is a programme of special events for the family throughout the year.
  2. Penshurst Place, one of our sensational historic houses in the country, runs a family friendly calendar of events and onsite attractions include the famous Maize Maze – yes, a maze made up of a maize crop – A-maze-ing!
  3. There is ample to do at Bedgebury Forest and Pinetum with the tree top zip-wire adventure ‘Go Ape’ and the Gruffalo Trail. There are challenging climbing and play areas (even the adults have been known to try them out) to find on your walk. Alternatively, zip round the Forest on a bike; cycle hire is available for all the family.
  4. Let their imaginations run wild at Groombridge Place in the Enchanted Forest. Discover the Dark Walk, the Giant Swings. Don't miss the tree houses and the rope bridges of Crusoe's World.
  5. For the adventurous, Bowles Outdoor Centre offers courses in Rock Climbing, Canoeing and Skiing on the dry ski slope.
  6. And we can’t leave out Ashdown Forest, the home of Winnie the Pooh. Aside from playing Poohsticks, search out Piglet’s house.

Cheapest Things To Do With Kids Around Tunbridge Wells

Tunbridge Wells Sports Centres are friendly places to visit for the whole family too with a range of activities to suit all ages and abilities.

For more outdoor excitement, try exploring Wellington Rocks on the Common, the country park at Bewl Water near Lamberhurst, and Dunorlan Park where you can give the pedalos a go, not to mention Calverley Grounds, a pretty park in the town centre with brand new play equipment in the adventure playground. 

The Grove has a play park for the youngest and is in the olde worlde back streets of Tunbridge Wells.

Go to Grosvenor and Hilbert Park, the longest serving public park in Tunbridge Wells, with a skateboard or ball and enjoy some precious family time with a picnic outdoors.  Also take a look at the intriguingly named ‘dripping wells’!

The Hop Farm Family Park near Paddock Wood has numerous activities to try out such as quad-biking, hoverboards and laser quest. 

How to Entertain the Family in Tunbridge Wells on a Rainy Day

The Museums in the borough are always a good option for families on a dismal rain day. 

Find out about the way Royal Tunbridge Wells was discovered and the famous people that came and stayed; why it was such a rich area even out in the most rural of areas like Horsmonden and Cranbrook (site of a famous windmill).

Learn about the smugglers’ battle, Goudhurst v. Hawkhurst, and how the heritage is remembered today.

There are several activity centres to choose from. Indoor and outdoor fun at MinorMania will keep the little ones occupied whatever the weather whilst free Wi-Fi keeps the older ones amused.

For the creative, visit Glazy Daisy craft studio where you can have a go at jewellery making, pottery, painting or make your own teddy bear. At Slap 'n' Dash pottery at Hawkhurst Fish Farm, children of all ages are welcome too. Perhaps a bit of fishing on the side if the waterproofs are handy?

Waterstones bookshop in the town centre often has book readings and special character visits especially for the young and young at heart! 

Finally, of course we have theatres and cinemas with cafés to ramp up the relaxation factor. Check our rainy day page for more.

Family Friendly Basics in Tunbridge Wells

The Russell Hotel and the Spa Hotel are both welcoming hotels to stay in Tunbridge Wells.

Manor Court Farm for camping or bed and breakfast on a smallholding with a few farm pets is very friendly and jolly.

Plenty of restaurants in and around the area are very family friendly, from tea shops to noodles to Italian cuisine. Widen the young ones' horizons and make Tunbridge Wells an adventure they'll never forget.

Woods restaurant in The Pantiles often has school holiday events for the little ones and Trinity Theatre has technical workshops for teenagers.

For more inspiration don't forget to visit our What's On, Activities and Explore pages.  The Seven Wonders of the Weald discount pass will keep the costs down for a family holiday too.

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  1. 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.

  2. Add Pashley Manor Gardens to your Itinerary

    Pashley Manor Gardens

    Type

    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. 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'.

  4. Add Spa Valley Railway to your Itinerary

    Spa Valley Railway

    Type

    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

  5. Add Merriments Gardens Ltd to your Itinerary

    Merriments Gardens Ltd

    Type

    Garden

    Hurst Green

    The gardens at Merriments in the rolling Sussex countryside never fail to delight.

  6. Add St. Mary's Church Speldhurst to your Itinerary

    St. Mary's Church Speldhurst

    Type

    Church / Chapel

    Tunbridge Wells

    We welcome visitors to our beautiful church.

  7. Hollywood Bowl

    Hollywood Bowl

    Type

    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.

  8. Add St. Dunstan's Church Cranbrook to your Itinerary

    St. Dunstan's Church Cranbrook

    Type

    Church / Chapel

    Cranbrook

    Cathedral of the Weald.

  9. Add High Rocks to your Itinerary

    High Rocks

    Type

    Natural Feature

    Tunbridge Wells

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

  10. Add Scotney Castle to your Itinerary

    Scotney Castle

    Type

    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.

  11. Add Sissinghurst Castle Garden to your Itinerary

    Sissinghurst Castle Garden

    Type

    Garden

    Cranbrook

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

  12. Add Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre to your Itinerary

    Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre

    Type

    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.

  13. 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.

  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 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.

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

    St. Mary's Church Goudhurst

    Type

    Church / Chapel

    Cranbrook

    The church on the hill above the village.

  17. Add Assembly Hall Theatre to your Itinerary

    Assembly Hall Theatre

    Type

    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.

  18. Add Cranbrook Union Windmill to your Itinerary

    Cranbrook Union Windmill

    Type

    Windmill

    Cranbrook

    The tallest surviving smock mill in the British Isles, measuring 72 feet to the top of the cap.

  19. Add Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre to your Itinerary

    Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre

    Type

    Leisure / Swimming Pool

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    A great local resource for those interested in health and fitness, with most facilities available on a pay and play basis.

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

    St Thomas a Becket Church, Capel

    Type

    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.

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