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Groombridge Place Enchanted Forest & Gardens

Groombridge Place, Groombridge Hill, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9QG

Groombridge Place
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Facilities
  • Accessible loos
  • Accessible parking
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Facilities for children
  • Free parking
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Picnic area
  • Shop
Accessibility

Parts of Groombridge Place are wheelchair accessible including the gardens and the canal path. Some ground is uneven underfoot so care must be taken.

Parts of the Enchanted Forest are hilly and not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.

Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

The house standing today at Groombridge Place was built in 1662, replacing an earlier moated castle on the site. Much of the house, along with the bridges and moat gates, were designed by renowned architect Sir Christopher Wren who rebuilt London after the Great Fire and is most notable for redesigning St Pauls cathedral. The house is not open to the public but the picturesque moated exterior of the property can be admired from the gardens.

The Groombridge Place estate is approximately 250 acres and includes the stunning walled gardens as a place to relax and enjoy the peaceful setting. There are benches to sit and admire the view of the moated manor house. The White Rose Garden, which was formerly an orchard, sits in the centre of the gardens and spring bulbs in spring give way to white roses in June. In the corner of the garden, you will find a wooden door which is the entrance to the secret garden. The trickling sound of water can be heard as the stream pass over the rocks and into the moat beyond.

In 2005, the award-winning gardens were used as the location for Jane Austen’s classic love story “Pride and Prejudice” which was adapted for the big screen with an all-star cast which follows Elisabeth Bennett (Keira Knightley) through the trials and tribulations of love in the 1800s.

The Groombridge Place estate has connections with world-famous novelist Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of detective Sherlock Holmes. Conan Doyle was good friends with the sisters Sophia, Louisa and Eliza Saint, who lived at Groombridge Place during the late 1800s. He visited the estate often, using it as the setting of his last Sherlock Holmes novel – ‘The Valley of Fear’-although renaming it ‘Birlstone Manor’ for the purposes of the book.

Beautiful Peacocks now roam the estate which is also home to the UK Owl and Raptor Centre who entertain visitors each day with two informative and interactive Birds of Prey shows.

After exploring the maze, take a walk along the canal path and past the delightful Zedonk ‘Harry’ and his companion ‘Bopatch’ the Shetland Pony.
On a steep and wooded hillside, hidden from view, lies the magical Enchanted Forest where the huge oak trees have a surprise in store for visitors, as they are home to the giant tree swings which provide special memories for many visitors. Younger visitors can discover all the wooden play areas including a pirate ship, fort, slide and walkways at Crusoe’s World. Further into the forest is tepee village with a fort and a pathway which leads to the giant totem pole. Near the top of the forest is the beautiful wishing pool with impressive large tree ferns. Follow the path to the raised board walk with obstacles and a rope swing. Here you are also likely to see the Fallow Deer which prefer the shade of the forest during the day.

In the distance you may see the Steam Trains on the Spa Valley Railway which arrives at Groombridge Station from Tunbridge Wells.

Groombridge Station is only a 5 minute walk to Groombridge Place.

Opening Times

Open daily, at weekends, and during school holidays.

Open 10am to 5pm

Admission

Under 3’s free, Adults £12, Seniors £10, Children (3 to 12) £10

Group Visits

Group visits can be arranged and we suggest contacting Groombridge Place on office@groombridgeplace.com.

Educational Visits

Educational visits can be arranged and we suggest contacting Groombridge Place on office@groombridgeplace.com.

Accessibility

Parts of Groombridge Place are wheelchair accessible including the gardens and the canal path. Some ground is uneven underfoot so care must be taken.

Parts of the Enchanted Forest are hilly and not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.

Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Getting here

Groombridge Place, Groombridge Hill, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9QG

Groombridge Place is located in the village of Groombridge, 4 miles south west of Tunbridge Wells on the B2110, which is just off the A264 Tunbridge Wells / East Grinstead road – on the Kent and East Sussex county border.

By Road: From the M25: Exit at Junction 5 and head south on the A21. After 10 miles, exit at A26 signed Tunbridge Wells: then take A264 to East Grinstead and follow the signs to Groombridge village and Groombridge Place.

By Rail: London Charing Cross to Tunbridge Wells, then bus or taxi to Groombridge.

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