Discover the beautiful award-winning gardens and the forest with its giant swings, zip wires and Crusoe’s World. Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ was filmed at Groombridge Place, find out more about this and our other literary connections.
The Forest, which encapsulates the magical spirit conjured up by the books of JK Rowling and JRR Tolkien was designed in the most part by TV gardener and land artist Ivan Hicks. The Forest can be reached by either canal boat or on foot.
Crusoe’s World was inspired by TV series Crusoe. Original props from this TV series were reconstructed at Groombridge Place. Two treehouses are linked together with rope bridges and a central viewing tower. They are on several levels with decking and platforms, sheltered under sail roofs. There is a lookout post high above one of the treehouses, providing fabulous views over the canal, open countryside and the steam trains of the Spa Valley Railway.
Take a walk along the forest pathways with its lakes and hidden surprises along the way. Look out for the Fallow deer, squirrels and other wildlife. Discover the tepees and the fort before taking the ‘Boardwalk Challenge’ with its aerial walkways, tunnels, rope swings and child’s zip wire. Children and adults alike will enjoy the giant tree swings which are suspended from the tallest trees in the forest.
The attraction is less than 4 miles from Tunbridge Wells and accessible by road or via the Spa Valley Railway which operates steam and heritage diesel trains between Eridge, Groombridge, High Rocks and Tunbridge Wells. Discounted joint tickets are available. (Check their timetable before travelling).
Directions to Groombridge Place:
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.
London Charing Cross to Tunbridge Wells, then bus or taxi to Groombridge. Or take the Spa Valley Railway steam train from Tunbridge Wells West Station with a 10-minute walk the other end. Call 01892 537715 for timetables, detailed information and great value combined tickets. Please Note: The Spa Valley Railway does not run every day.
Bus: Take the 291 – 15-minute bus journey, only 1 bus per hour generally:
Departs TW at 41 mins past each hour. Departs GP at 09 mins past each hour except also at 15:36
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