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 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

  2. 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.

  3. Add Pashley Manor Gardens to your Itinerary

    Pashley Manor Gardens

    Type

    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.

  4. 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'.

  5. 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.

  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. 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.

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

    St. Mary's Church Speldhurst

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    Church / Chapel

    Tunbridge Wells

    We welcome visitors to our beautiful church.

  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 Weald Sports Centre to your Itinerary

    Weald Sports Centre

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    Leisure / Swimming Pool

    Cranbrook

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Add Grosvenor and Hilbert Park to your Itinerary

    Grosvenor and Hilbert Park

    Type

    Parkland / Woodland Garden

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Grosvenor and Hilbert is the town's oldest public park and still contains some original historic features, such as the lake and grottoes or 'dripping wells'. There is an exciting and challenging play area which is well worth a visit.

  15. Add Parish Church of King Charles The Martyr to your Itinerary

    Parish Church of King Charles The Martyr

    Type

    Church / Chapel

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    The first permanent building in Tunbridge Wells. Stunning plasterwork ceiling by Sir Christopher Wren's Chief Plasterer.

  16. Add Cranbrook Museum to your Itinerary

    Cranbrook Museum

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    Museum

    Cranbrook

    A 'must' for every visitor to 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 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.

  19. 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.

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

    St. Dunstan's Church Cranbrook

    Type

    Church / Chapel

    Cranbrook

    Cathedral of the Weald.

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