Over 400 years ago, a natural spring came up from the soil. It was christened “The Tunbridge Wells”.
Only a 50 minute train ride from London, experience the region of where royalty holidayed, the unspoilt beauty of the surrounding High Weald countryside and the elegance of The Pantiles promenade.
For a number of years Queen Anne stayed then Queen Victoria made the town one of her regular sojourns. Thus ‘Royal’ Tunbridge Wells, the town, came to be named in the region of Tunbridge Wells.
Halfway between London and the Sussex Coast, whether driving, cycling or taking the train, the Tunbridge Wells area is the ideal break from your journey.
The local accommodation is of such a high quality that it will feel like a positive treat!
We have 73 attractions in the surrounding area and a multitude of events, including various music and food festivals, exhibitions and markets throughout the year.
Rain or shine Tunbridge Wells is as inspiring as ‘town and country at its best” can be.
There is a very lively live music scene for fans of rock, opera, classical and jazz in the Pantiles, forests and parks, in pubs, hotels and restaurants alike as well as the famous Forum.
Take a stroll and admire the sumptuous woodland and flora of this area, also known as the Garden of England, via innumerable footpaths in quintessential English countryside. Since much of the region is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, dotted with ancient churches and oast houses, there are some famous sights to behold which inspired greats such as Thackeray, EM Forster, Chagall and Tattershall Dodd I.
For the adventurous, scale up the extraordinary rocks close to the town of Royal Tunbridge Wells or go mountain biking in Bedgebury or go sailing at Bewl Water in Lamberhurst.
If you stay in a Wealden village, you will likely be sleeping in a traditional cottage near a duck pond, local pub, enjoy an English breakfast and roast dinners as well as experience the good old local fête (maybe you’ll see morris dancing, pram racing, donkey rides and sometimes a wheelbarrow displays!).
Two larger villages have intriguing tales to tell of their own: medieval Cranbrook, which is known as the Capital of the Weald since it used to be a hive of the southern cloth industry and Hawkhurst, known for its smuggling culture!
In the Regency town of Royal Tunbridge Wells, ponder on the past in The Pantiles and the Chalybeate Spring, then meet The Dippers who can serve you a taste of the iron rich waters for your health!
Attracting visitors for 400 years!
A myriad of heavenly restaurants (many with al fresco dining) and boutiques galore are open across the region for you to discover high quality local crafts and produce. With so much diversity you’ll easily find that exclusive item to show off back home.
In Royal Tunbridge Wells the self-guiding Heritage Walking Trail is a must to learn the fascinating history of this spa town.
Just as captivating are the guided tours by Blue Badge Guides who entertain all and sundry with their tales.
You can have your Wolf Hall moment of mystery in the ancient corridors of regional ancestral homes or in a grand estate such is the number of stately homes, gardens and parks in the Tunbridge Wells area.
Photo credits left to right:
1. David Hodgkinson
2. David Hodgkinson
3. David Hodgkinson
4. Mike Bartlett
5. Mike Bartlett
6. Hole Park