Situated just two miles outside the spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells, Salomons Estate is a stunning Victorian mansion, designed by the acclaimed architect Decimus Burton. Set in 36 acres of rolling gardens, parkland and woods, it enjoys an enviable location in the heart of England’s garden, yet within an hour’s travel of Central London.
The extensive offering at Salomons Estate includes an impressive Victorian theatre, seating up to 230 guests and an intricately decorated Gold Room, a private and intimate function space located on the South side of the Terrace, with direct access to a range of gardens and woodland.
With available space encompassing the entire Mansion House, Salomons offers a flawless setting to your corporate meeting, networking event or private function.
Salomons Estate found on the edge of Royal Tunbridge Wells has a rich and eventful history. The name of this historic estate helps preserve the memory of three generations of the extraordinary Salomons family: Sir David Salomons, the first Jewish Lord Mayor of London, who courageously campaigned for the political rights of religious minorities; Sir David Lionel Salomons, a scientists, engineer, photographer and inventor; and Captain David Reginald Salomons, whose heroic self-sacrifice during the First World War has been dramatised in ‘The Dreamers’, a West End musical.
Sir David Lionel Salomons’ passion for photography, lighting and mechanical devices is evident throughout the house. He was the first person in the country to introduce electricity to his home and he also added a private theatre equipped with one of the finest electrically driven philharmonic organs (now the only one left in the world).
The former country house has been now been sympathetically converted into a series of flexible function rooms.
Admission is free and it is open daily from 9am until 5pm.
Formed from two ground floor rooms and packed with fascinating exhibits that chart the history of three remarkable generations of the Salomons family, the Salomons Estate Museum helps bring to life the people and events that helped shape this ‘mansion of many marvels'.
The museum’s unique collection of paintings, photographs and mementos documents the history of the lives of The Salomons family.
Find out more about this fascinating family by visiting our museum or by reading our museum brochure. If you would like a more in-depth look at the fascinating history of Salomons Estate then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01892 515152 and arrange to meet with the museum curator.
The Science Theatre houses one of the finest Welte player pipe organs ever installed in Britain.
In 2003 the organ was fully restored with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund and is now regularly played.
The Welte Organ is unique in that it has always been in situ in the Science Theatre, this outstanding example of a private Victorian theatre is largely untouched by time or cosmetic modification. To walk into this superb building is a breath taking experience as one is immediately aware of its almost cathedral-like atmosphere.
The organ and a professional organist can be hired for use at private functions such as weddings, banquets and other celebratory occasions. Please contact Salomons Estate for more details and to arrange a free consultation with our Organist in Residence.
Our woodland walks take place in the beautiful grounds of the Salomons Estate where you can explore the abundance of wildlife and natural habitats within the 36 acre estate. Explore the grounds independently and see what you discover. The walks take place on gravel paths and woodland trails so make sure you have suitable footwear as it can get muddy underfoot.