(With thanks to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council)
Royal Tunbridge Wells is an elegant Georgian spa-town set in the heart of the beautiful Kent countryside in the southeastern corner of England.
Founded in 1606 with the discovery of the Chalybeate Spring, the town became a fashionable and popular resort for the well to do throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.
Royal Tunbridge Wells was granted its ‘royal’ prefix by Edward VII in 1909, and its reputation as a charming and attractive town has continued on to the present day.
As well as the town itself, the picturesque surrounding Kent countryside is full of castles, stately homes, gardens and other places of interest and has a great deal to offer any visitor to the area.
With high quality accommodation, restaurants and shopping facilities Royal Tunbridge Wells is the perfect destination for a day-trip, a short break or as a base for exploring Kent.
How to get to Royal Tunbridge Wells
Royal Tunbridge Wells lies about 40 miles to the southeast of London and 50 miles north of Dover.
It can be reached in less that an hour by train from central London and Ashford International Passenger Terminal, and is only half an hour's drive from the M25 and M20 motorways, making it within easy reach of all the Channel ferry ports
For timetable enquiries call 0345-484950 (UK only) or see
Once the playground of the visiting royalty and
gentry who came to sample the health-giving spa waters of the Chalybeate Spring,
the Pantiles lies at the heart of historic Royal Tunbridge Wells.
This famous colonnaded walkway owes its name to its original pavement of square clay tiles (‘pantiles’) which once covered the walks of the promenade laid in 1698 at the request of Queen Anne after her son, the Duke of Gloucester, fell on the slippery ground.
Although the walks were repaved in 1793, the Pantiles retains much of its original character and unique charm – and visitors can still sample the water of the Chalybeate Spring served by the traditional Dipper during the summer!
The area is
home to a fine variety of interesting shops and pavement cafes, providing a
delightful setting for the outdoor activities, festivals and entertainment
organised throughout the year.
Look out for the special events taking place this year including the Georgian Festivities ‘Scandals at the Spa’ (July) and the Sedan Chair Race (August).
Contact the Tourist Information Centre in Tunbridge Wells direct on (++44) (0)1892 515675
Shopping in Tunbridge Wells...
Shopping is a real pleasure in Tunbridge Wells, with shops offering everything from antiques and jewellery, home furnishings and flowers, to fine food and wines – set in the attractive and historical surroundings of the town.
The unrivalled combination of unique character shops and boutiques together with the big high street names makes Tunbridge Wells the perfect shopping destination.
Most shops in the town are open from 9am until 5.30pm, with late night shopping on Thursdays until 8pm.