Royal Tunbridge Wells
Towns & Villages
A magnet for royalty and the gentry, Tunbridge Wells in Kent was one of the most fashionable destinations of the Georgian England - ever since the discovery of the Chalybeate Spring over 400 years ago.
The elegance and atmosphere of this bygone era still remain today in this, the only spa town in South East England. The Pantiles - the famous colonnaded walkway where the aristocracy once promenaded - is now home to a wonderful selection of high quality boutiques, specialist independent shops, bars and cafés.
Royal Tunbridge Wells itself lies in beautiful, picturesque countryside where traditional oast houses, rolling green hills and orchards all feature prominently. A paradise for history, and especially garden lovers, this corner of Kent has more castles, stately homes and gardens open to the public concentrated in it than any other area of the UK.
Castles & Gardens
Sissinghurst Castle Garden, famously created by Vita Sackville-West; the gardens surrounding the romantic ruins of Scotney Castle; Chiddingstone Castle, home to a unique collection art and antiques; and the beautiful garden rooms at Groombridge Place attract visitors from far and wide. Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn and magnificent Penshurst Place, home to the Sidney family for over 450 years, are just two examples of the fine castles and stately homes in the area.
Ever since the discovery of the Chalybeate Spring 400 years ago, visitors have been coming to Royal Tunbridge Wells. A magnet for the gentry and members of the Georgian Royal family, Tunbridge Wells became one of the most fashionable destinations of the 18th century. The elegance and atmosphere of this bygone era still remain in Royal Tunbridge Wells today. The health-giving waters of the spring still flow and the Pantiles, the famous colonnaded walkway, where the aristocracy once promenaded, is now home to a wonderful selection of high quality boutiques, specialist independent shops, bars and cafés.
Shops, architecture & tours
Visitors still come to admire the fine architecture, stroll along the Pantiles and experience this charming historic spa town. The village atmosphere of the old High Street and Chapel Place, full of shops selling designer clothes, jewellery, interior design specialists, galleries, gift shops and fine restaurants, adds to the town’s reputation as one of the most desirable destinations in the South East.
Blue Badge Guided Tours are available in Royal Tunbridge Wells every Thursday and Saturday at 11:30am (March to December) starting from the Royal Tunbridge Wells Tourist Information Centre in the Pantiles, and at other times by prior arrangement.
Experience the magic of ice skating outdoors in Tunbridge Wells this Christmas. Set within the...0.04 miles away
The Assembly Hall Theatre is a 1,000 seat receiving theatre offering an eclectic programme with...0.18 miles away
3½ miles through the picturesque Kentish Weald countryside.0.78 miles away
Frant Lakes Fishery offers coarse fishing on eight lakes, three ponds and a stretch of the River...2.49 miles away
There's magic and mystery, history and intrigue, romance and peace at these beautiful gardens.3.38 miles away
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Open all year, Mon-Sat 9am-4pm, Sun/BH 10.30am-4pm. Closed Christmas & New Year. Last tour one...4.44 miles away
A truly English House and Garden.4.51 miles away
Basically a Norman church from the 14th Century with significant wall paintings of 13th Century on...4.61 miles away
Great Oak Walks offers scenic self-guided walking holidays, over rolling hills and fields and...5.16 miles away
Harrisons Rocks in Groombridge provide a combination of some of the best beginner friendly tuition...5.3 miles away
One of the oldest vineyards in Kent, set amongst 20 acres of beautiful countryside. Experience a...5.93 miles away
Impressive ruins of Abbey founded 1208 by Premonstratensian monks and dissolved by Wolsey in 1525....6.02 miles away
One of the most beautiful and oldest villages in Kent
One of the prettiest villages in Kent,...6.17 miles away
Chiddingstone Castle, whose history can be traced back to the early 16th Century, is a unique...6.39 miles away
Beautiful lake and country park. Watersports, fly fishing, walks and rides, boat trips, visitor...6.64 miles away