The seven wonders of the Weald
You may have heard of the Seven Wonders of the World but take a look a little closer to home and you’ll find the Seven Wonders of the Weald. As a nation, we have more recently been discovering parts of the UK we have not visited before and right here on our doorstep we have wonderful places just waiting to be discovered.
Firstly, what is a weald? Weald is an Old English word meaning ‘forest’ and it is the land between the chalk slopes of the North and South Downs. Steeped in rich heritage, with its origins as a forest and then as the farming heart of the county the Weald of Kent towns and villages hold many special attractions, which draw visitors from far and wide.
Specifically, the Seven Wonders of the Weald start in the bustling market town of Tunbridge Wells, famed for the Pantiles shopping area, and as the welcoming host to the sights listed below.
Chiddingstone Castle a very large Tudor manor, has a clutch of awards including a prestigious merit from the British Museum for their Ancient Egyptian themed garden. Not only are the grounds and gardens a spectacle to behold but so to are the antiques and works of art inside including Buddhist and Japanese artefacts.
Scotney Castle a National Trust castle and gardens, is a delight to see at all times of year. So atmospheric you’d be a fool to forget the camera.
Hole Park Gardens visit in spring for a beautiful and tranquil escape into a garden full of colour with the glorious display of spring flowers followed by the spectacular display of bluebells and autumn colours. It’s an exquisite place to wander and ponder.
Spa Valley Railway runs steam and vintage diesel trains from Tunbridge Wells West to Eridge with popular guests like Paw Patrol and themes such as Real Ale Rails.
Groombridge Place and The Enchanted Forest is a fun day out near Tunbridge Wells. With tree-top walkway, Crusoe’s World play area, river boat and tea room, it is a fairy-tale trip.
Biddenden Vineyards award winners of British wine, famous Biddenden cider and apple juices, all are made on site in a very rural part of the Weald. Free tours are available if booked ahead or you can take yourself around the estate. Free tasters too of course!
What are you waiting for? There are memories to be made and plenty to be discovered. These are just seven reasons to explore but there are plenty more…