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Cranbrook Museum

Cranbrook Museum

by Chris Shoebridge

Museums in Tunbridge Wells

Find out how this beautiful region came to be so important to the history of England and Kent. Decimus Barton, Dudley Lord North, Queen Victoria, Sid Vicious and the hop-pickers from East London are all a part of the make up of this pretty part of the Weald.

The Story of Tunbridge Wells

The collections at Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery on Mount Pleasant Road reveal the history of Tunbridge Wells, including one of the most impressive collections of Tunbridge ware in the world – locally crafted marquetry first made in the 1700s.

Displays include art, natural history artefacts, archaeology, craft and toys amongst others.  From decadence to humility, discover the story behind a beautiful spa town in the south east of England.

The Salomons Estate near the town centre has a wealth of history about the local well-to-do, visit the Museum in the regal gardens of the mansion house and feel a part of the 1850s.

Stories from the Weald

The Cranbrook Museum houses a local history collection within a 15th century timber-framed farmhouse bringing to life Victorian Cranbrook, including the trade and industry on which the town was built.  There are tranquil gardens and a pond to be enjoyed and family history archives for researchers. Watch their video to get a sneak preview.

Unfortunately the famed Finchcocks Musical Museum in Goudhurst had to close at the end December 2015 as the owners retired. However, there is still much to be enjoyed in delightful red-tiled hill village of Goudhurst. Find the pirate’s grave in the hill-top churchyard and climb up the church tower. History oozes out of the buildings, all higgledy-piggledy and crooked!

Further inspiration

Don’t forget to check the What’s On pages and search facility to find out the latest exhibitions and displays at the museums in Tunbridge Wells.  To further whet your appetite, there is more to discover on our History pages too.

Our accommodation guide can help you plan your stay for longer so you can fit it all in!

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  1. Add Salomons Estate to your Itinerary

    Salomons Estate

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    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.

  2. Add Herd of The Hospice Horses Exhibition and Auction at Royal Victoria Place to your Itinerary

    Herd of The Hospice Horses Exhibition and Auction at Royal Victoria Place

    Roay Tunbridge Wells

    Herd of The Hospice Horses gallops into Royal Victoria Place Shopping Centre for a public exhibition and auction.
    From Tuesday 3rd October to Friday 13th October, all of the herd along with the community ponies will join together at a special public exhibition. The 24 life size horses will...

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  3. Add Royal Victoria Place Remembers Princess Diana to your Itinerary

    Royal Victoria Place Remembers Princess Diana

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Thursday 31st of August marks the 20th Anniversary of the tragic and sudden death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Royal Victoria Place in Tunbridge Wells will be commemorating this occasion with a special photographic display of her visit to officially open West Kent’s largest shopping centre back in...

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    25 Aug 2017 To 29 Oct 2017
  4. Add Springlines Exhibition at The Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery to your Itinerary

    Springlines Exhibition at The Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Exhibition of paintings, photographs and poetry exploring the beauty of hidden and mysterious bodies of water.

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  5. Add Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery to your Itinerary

    Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery

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    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Take a closer look....

  6. Eduardo Paolozzi Exhibition at Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery

    Add Eduardo Paolozzi Exhibition at Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery to your Itinerary

    Eduardo Paolozzi Exhibition at Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Eduardo Paolozzi's "General Dynamic F.U.N" screenprint exhibition comes to Tunbridge Wells in October as part of a Hayward Touring exhibition during it's national tour.

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    27 Oct 2017 To 27 Jan 2018
  7. Speldhurst Art Exhibition

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    Speldhurst Art Exhibition

    Speldhurst

    Speldhurst Art Exhibition 21st-24th October 2017

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    21 Oct 2017 To 24 Oct 2017
  8. Add Cranbrook Museum to your Itinerary

    Cranbrook Museum

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    Cranbrook

    A 'must' for every visitor to the Weald.

  9. Open Day at Burrswood Health and Wellbeing

    Add Open Day at Burrswood Health and Wellbeing to your Itinerary

    Open Day at Burrswood Health and Wellbeing

    Groombridge

    Come and sample the wonderful hospitality and learn more about what Burrwood Health and Wellbeing do.

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    Workshop

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