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Tunbridge Wells

National Rail | station code TBW

Kent Offers & Links

Tunbridge Wells became famous in Regency times when it developed as a spa to rival Bath. The Pantiles is an 18th century shopping walk around the Chalybeate Spring. The unusual Wellington Rocks on the Common are outcrops of sandstone. Tunbridge Wells PlusBus tickets are valid within the local urban area.

TI The Corn Exchange, The Pantiles. Tel. 01892 515675.


Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery ¼ mile

Local history, Tunbridge ware, dolls, toys and natural history. Tel. 01892 554171.
Open closed for redevelopment.

Spa Valley Railway ¾ mile

A steam railway to High Rocks, Groombridge and Eridge. Buffet. Tel. 01892 537715.
Open Mar-Oct, SSu plus extra days in school holidays, please see website for details including train times.

Tunbridge Wells map
National Trust Holidays
National Trust Holidays
National Trust Holidays

Groombridge Place Gardens by bus or by Spa Valley Railway (½ mile)

A series of traditional walled gardens. 'Enchanted Forest' ancient woodland. Birds of prey flying displays. Tel. 01892 863999.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 0930-1800.
Bus 291 from Stop U (near station) to entrance. M-S hourly, Sun & BH 2-hourly, 12 minutes journey. Operated by Metrobus.

Groombridge map

Bayham Old Abbey EH by bus

Impressive ruins of an abbey, including much of the 13th to 15th century church, chapter house and gatehouse. Rooms in the 'Georgian Gothick' dower house are also open.
Open Apr-Sep, Daily 1000-1700.
Bus 256 to the entrance drive, as Scotney Castle below but 20 minutes journey. There is no marked bus stop at the entrance (on the left), watch for the EH and 'Welcome to Kent' signs a few minutes after Bells Yew Green.

Scotney Castle NT by bus then 1 mile walk

The moated Old Scotney Castle was partly demolished to leave a romantic folly as the centrepiece of the picturesque garden. Rhododendrons, azaleas and autumn colour. The Victorian mansion which replaced the old castle is also open. Estate walks. Tearoom. Tel. 01892 893868.
Open Daily 1000-1700 (1600 Nov-Feb), House from 1100 by timed ticket.
Bus 256 from Rail Station stop T to Lamberhurst, The Vineyard, shortly after width restrictions in the road, 25 minutes journey. Then 1 mile walk, including ½ mile entrance drive. Bus 256 operates M-F only, infrequent but at reasonable times for visiting. Bus times from Traveline.
The bus passes through Bells Yew Green village, less than ¼ mile from Frant station, and the bus journey from there is only 7 minutes.
Scotney Castle map
Ordnance Survey Maps
Ordnance Survey Maps
Ordnance Survey Maps

Penshurst Place & Gardens by bus

The magnificent ancestral home of Viscount De L'Isle with Tudor Gardens and parkland. Fine collections of furniture, tapestries, portraits and armour. Toy museum, adventure playground, woodland trail. Tearoom. Tel. 01892 870307.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily, House 1200-1600, Grounds 1030-1800.
Bus 231/3 from War Memorial (231 also passes station) to Penshurst Institute. M-S every 1-1½ hours, 24 minutes journey. Check the War Memorial bus stops carefully: bus 231 heads south (via station), bus 233 heads north. Operated by Metrobus.
Penshurst Place is 2 miles from Penshurst station.

Penshurst map