Herbaceous Borders at Pashley Manor Gardens

Herbaceous Borders at Pashley Manor Gardens

by Kate Wilson

Stately Homes & Gardens in Tunbridge Wells

Royal Tunbridge Wells is surrounded by some of the finest stately homes and castles in Kent and Sussex, many with connections to well known figures from history.

The reputation and beauty of the Garden of England is no more apparent than in the gardens surrounding Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Only a short drive from the centre of Tunbridge Wells lies the Salomon Estate. This Victorian house with glorious gardens and museum is an absorbing lesser known attraction that tells the story of three generations of the Salomon family. Did you know they were one of the first families to have electric lighting in England? Come and explore the science theatre too!

From the renowned landscaped gardens of Leeds Castle to the moat and grand Italian Gardens at Hever Castle - each historic building and garden has something unique and wonderful to offer, and all within a 45 minute drive from Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Some of England’s most famous gardens such as Sissinghurst Castle Gardens and Great Dixter are here, also hidden gems such as the delightful garden for all seasons, Hole Park, as well as the spectacular national conifer forest at Bedgebury Pinetum.

For a taste of the grandeur of past times, enjoy the Elizabethan gardens at Penshurst Place; spectacular displays of tulips at Pashley Manor, and daffodils and azaleas at Scotney Castle; carpets of bluebells and fragrant roses at Groombridge Place.

Chiddingstone Castle is a fascinating historic house which has evolved since Tudor times. With its galleried, oak panelled Great Hall and other stately rooms housing the internationally renowned collections of Ancient Egyptian antiquities, Japanese Art and Craft, Royal Stuart and Jacobite memorabilia as well as antique books.

Further afield, a spectacular moated medieval manor house is situated in a rural valley.  Ightham Mote has lakes, peaceful gardens, stunning views across the Weald and quiet woodland to wander through.

Every year, the National Garden Scheme organises open days for visitors to view beautiful gardens that are usually kept private.

In aid of charity, a small donation is asked for entry.

Often in exemplary settings as part of private and historic homes, here's your chance to be an admirer of unique personal garden projects.

Sometimes you can buy a cup of tea and a slice of homemade cake!

Use the search box to the right to explore individual attractions further and also browse our accommodation for more ideas on extending your stay in the lesser known pretty corners of the region.

Use our Gardens of Tunbridge Wells Tour with map and stunning images to plan your inspiring trip round the beautiful blooms in the borough.

External links

National Garden Scheme

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  1. 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'.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Add Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre to your Itinerary

    Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre

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    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.

  6. 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.

  7. Add Dunorlan Park to your Itinerary

    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.

  8. 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.

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

    The Queen's Hall Theatre

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    Theatre

    Cranbrook

    Providing entertainment in the heart of the Kent Weald.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Add Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest to your Itinerary

    Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest

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    Forest

    Goudhurst

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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

    St. Dunstan's Church Cranbrook

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    Church / Chapel

    Cranbrook

    Cathedral of the Weald.

  17. Add Cranbrook Union Windmill to your Itinerary

    Cranbrook Union Windmill

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    Windmill

    Cranbrook

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. Hawkhurst Fish Farm

    Add Hawkhurst Fish Farm to your Itinerary

    Hawkhurst Fish Farm

    Type

    Fish Farm

    Hawkhurst

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

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