Heritage Open Days celebrate England's architecture and culture by allowing visitors free access to interesting properties that are either not usually open, or would normally charge an entrance fee. Each year dozens of free events take place over a weekend in September. There are building openings, exhibitions, guided walks, tours and talks. Often there's also art, craft and music, and displays of traditional skills.

Tunbridge Wells Heritage Open Days 2017 will be on Thursday 7th September to Sunday 10th September 2017.

You can view the 2017 programme on the national website for Heritage Open Days. To look at our own local programme across the Borough click on the link below and then select "Tunbridge Wells" from the list of Local Council Areas:


Copies of our local programme leaflet "Heritage Open Days in and around Tunbridge Wells" are being delivered to many homes across the Borough with the September issues of Index and Town Crier magazines. You can also pick up a copy of the leaflet from the Gateway in Grosvenor Road, and Tunbridge Wells Library in Mount Pleasant.

To access the detailed programme of the 41 places and events in this year's Heritage Open Days in Tunbridge Wells with their dates and times of opening, please click on the link below:

Tunbridge Wells Heritage Open Days Leaflet 2017

For those of you who are not familiar with Cranbrook, we can heartily recommend a visit to this pretty Wealden market town with a history dating back to 1290. The museum, which will feature an exhibition on local history, is located within a charming 15th century Grade II listed timber-framed rectory building, set within a tranquil garden. Plenty to see on a range of subject matter for grown ups and children alike.

Also in Cranbrook is the Union Mill, a Grade I listed Smock Mill, which has been lovingly restored to working order. This is a unique building by any standard, where visitors can often experience a working display.


  • Mabledon House places are still available by emailing twellsheritage@gmail.com

  • We regret that Eridge Park and the Archive office will not be open during Heritage Open Days due to unforeseen circumstances.

  • Conducted talks will take place at St. Mary's Church in Speldhurst at 2pm and 3pm on Saturday 9th and at 3pm on Sunday 10th.

  • Tunbridge Wells Freemasons Open Day, Cadogan Grounds, St Johns Road,, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN4 9UY:

    This year is the 300th Anniversary of the foundation of the first Grand Lodge of England and an exhibition will mark that event. In addition free and open access to the Masonic Temple will be available throughout the day with Freemasons in Regalia present to answer all your queries about the three Grand Principles of Freemasonry Brotherly love, Relief and Truth. Given that the SKY TV1 programme "Inside Freemasonry" which ran for five episodes, and achieved national acclaim for its openness and informative nature, why not come along and meet some of your local Freemasons who raise considerable sums of money for local charities.
    Refreshments will be available throughout the day in the Bar area and the Caterer will be on hand to explain the services he provides when the Hall is hired for all types of events.
    Opening Times Saturday 9 September: 0900hrs to 1600 hrs

    Our organising chairman has the following message:

    As we get near to this year's Heritage Open Day event, taking place from 7th - 10th September, I would like to take the opportunity to thank our sponsors. Without their support, this event wouldn't be possible. This year, the event is being sponsored by the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, the Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society, the Index Magazine, and G.Collins & Sons, jewellers to Her Majesty the Queen. Sponsorship enables the Civic Society to promote the event, and build on the previous year's successes.

    I should also like to thank all the participants, who spend endless hours preparing, organising and running their individual events. These people care so much about the heritage of the places they look after for, work in or live in, or the stories they spend months or years researching, that they want to share their special interests with others, free of charge. Without their tireless dedication and resourcefulness, residents and visitors to Tunbridge Wells wouldn't have the opportunity to visit and experience some unique buildings, walks, talks and events.

    Thank you one and all.

    Paul Avis
    Chairman HOD committee RTWCS

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