Local Activities

Situated close to the Spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells, the Crown Inn provides an excellent base for touring this wonderful part of the world. In the 1600`s the spa was discovered and it soon became a fashionable place visited by many famous people including royalty. The Pantiles are well worth a visit. In the summer numerous musical events are held on the Bandstand and local and foreign markets are held regularly.

An exciting way to visit Groombridge is on the steam train, the Spa Valley Railway from Tunbridge Wells. Trains run frequently during the summer. Click on the link for full information: www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk
Across the field from the Crown is Groombridge Place, an attraction with lovely gardens and an Enchanted Forest that is magical for children of all ages. It is open from April to October and holds a variety of themed activities during the summer.

We are a stone's throw from the East Sussex border and ideally located in Kent 'The Garden of England'. Here you will find some of England's best loved stately homes and historic castles including Hever Castle, Leeds Castle, Scotney Castle, Penshurst Place and Chartwell, the home of Winston Chuchill.

A short drive away is the Ashdown Forest an area of outstanding natural beauty which is open to the public for walking, cycling, and horse riding.

In the village of Hartfield you can visit the Winnie the Pooh shop and the famous Pooh bridge.

For horse lovers you can visit the races at Lingfield Park at www.lingfield-racecourse.co.uk and Point to Point races at Penshurst. www.point-to-point.co.uk

The Crown is situated in the heart of the Kentish Weald and has some of the most beautiful countryside to explore.
www.highweald.org shows many local rambles. The Ashdown Forest is the largest public access site in S.E. England and you can walk, cycle, and horse ride there. www.ashdownforest.org

There are two lovely cycling routes. The Forest Way track a 10 mile route from Forest Way to Groombridge passing through East Grinstead and the Cuckoo Line from Eridge, south of Groombridge to Polegate passing through open countryside The tracks are shared with ramblers and horse riders.

Rock Climbing
About 3 miles from the Crown is an excellent climbing centre called Evolution a modern indoor arena located on the Kent/Sussex border which has good facilities including an abseiling tower and a Board training room. It is suitable for all ages and abilities. www.evolutionindoorclimbing.co.uk Also in Groombridge are Harrisons Rocks an area with rocks having a variety of climbs for different abilities. http://www.softrockclimbing.co.uk/

This area has many quality golf courses including the Neville at Crowborough Beacon and Sweetwoods Park a challenging 72 par course set in a stunning part of the Wealden area. Next to Sweetwoods is Holtye another lovely course Lingfield Park course near to the race course is also quite a challenge.

Horse Riding
At Nutley in the Ashdown Forest is a riding school from where you can explore the many bridleways around the Forest. Ashdown Forest Riding School can be contacted on 01892 864807.

The Dorset Arms Angling Club is actually based out of The Crown Inn, as the lakes are in Burrswood next to us.

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