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Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells,
Kent, TN3 9QG

01892 861444

01892 863996

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Open every day throughout the year except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and
New Year's Day. Summer opening 10am - 5.30pm (or dusk if earlier). Winter
10am to 4.30pm last admission 3pm in winter (please note the birds of prey
displays do not take place in the winter months)

Parties/Coaches: Yes

For groups of 12 or more if pre-booked.

Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:
To see:
Admission Prices

Admission: Off Peak: Adults £8.95, Senior Citizens £7.45, Children (3-12
years) £7.45, Family Tickets (2 Adults + 2 Children) £29.95
Peak: Adults £9.95, Senior Citizens £8.45, Children (3-12 years) £8.45,
Family Tickets (2 Adults + 2 Children) £33.95 (peak prices apply in school
holidays and on special event days). Season tickets available. Canal boat
£Adults £1.50 children £1

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:
Garden Features & Events

Enchanted Forest - voted Visitor Attraction of the Year. Birds of Prey displays twice a day and features the Raptor Centre. Canal Boat cruise to and from the Enchanted Forest Spa Valley Railway steam train stop is 10 minutes walk from the gardens.

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Danehurst House, Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells


The Tagore, Tunbridge Wells

Inns & Pubs:

Hare, Langton Green
Sussex Oak, Blackham
Dorset Arms, Withyham

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Royal Tunbridge Wells

Description of Garden

Groombridge is known as a beautiful, peaceful garden retaining a sense of history, romance and intrigue whilst providing an exciting modern landscaping of ancient woodland for the Enchanted Forest, designed to appeal to young and old alike. The gardens are laid out on a south-facing slope with a backdrop of a medieval moat and surrounding a classical Restoration manor house. They are designed as rooms and include the lovely White Rose Garden with over 20 varieties of white roses and the Secret Garden with deep shade and cooling waters in a tiny hidden corner. Visitors will also be fascinated by the Oriental Garden with its Paradise Walk, the Knot Garden and Nut Walk and not least the Drunken Garden with its crazy topiary. Planting is designed to offer colour and interest from Spring to Autumn.

In complete contrast on a high hillside above the walled gardens and estate vineyard is the Enchanted Forest, designed by Ivan Hicks to challenge the imagination. Children love the Dark Walk, Tree Fern Valley, Village of the Groms, Serpent's Lair and Mystic Pool. There are also the Romany Camp, Double Spiral and Giants' Swing Walk.

History Of Garden

Originally laid out in 1694 with help from John Evelyn, the diarist and horticulturist, the gardens have survived almost intact with the 12 pairs of drum yews - The Twelve Apostles - believed to be original.

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