Shopping in Tunbridge Wells
Tunbridge Wells shopping offers a unique experience for everyone!
The combination of specialist shops with big high street names, in a charming and historic setting, makes the town a very popular destination with all kinds of shoppers, especially those looking to blend a little bit of retail therapy with a spa break.
Royal Tunbridge Wells is home to one of the 2016 GB Shopping Centre Finalist Awards: The Pantiles. Not a shopping mall as you know it but a beautiful promenade surrounded by the original stylish Georgian architecture.
You will not be disappointed as there are so many independent locally owned boutiques that are 'not on the high street' in any other parts of the country and selling delightful 'objets' just as desirable as Harrods!
Whether it's an exclusive gift, some fabulous homeware, piece of art, memoribilia or an exclusive item of clothing for a special occasion, you're guaranteed to find it in Tunbridge Wells.
Where to shop in Royal Tunbridge Wells
However, there are a few other places worth a mention for exploring.
Just to the north of the town, St John's Road, has a selection of gift shops, antiques and home interiors stores as well as cafés to rest the weary shoppers’ feet. This area has a local community feel to it. To see a full list of the shops located on St John's Road - please click here.
Going along St John’s Road towards the centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells is the 'top end' of town, Mount Ephraim, Calverley Road, and Mount Pleasant. These are home to many big high street names as well as numerous smaller independent shops.
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Mount Ephraim on the hill (which means views!) and the home of Isabella Grace, one of the wedding dress shops in town.
Calverley Road, beyond the pedestrianised area, is good for home décor (and nice little restaurants).
Mount Pleasant Road, a wide avenue with large plane trees is also good for home décor, the oldest gents clothes shop in Royal Tunbridge Wells and the shop with the oldest gents retail salesman (possibly in the UK?) – they are not the same shop!
Ladies clothes shops included Jigsaw, Jacques Vert and Phase Eight as well as our own department store, Hoopers.
Hoopers is a grand old fashioned shopping experience where a number of celebs are known to shop here thanks to the excellent customer service.
At the bottom of Mount Pleasant opposite the Railway Station is The Great Hall Shopping Arcade, an attractive historic French Empire Style building dating from 1872.
Camden Road and Monson Road make one long road which goes across Calverley Road.
They have a more friendly, local feel normally found in a smaller town or village which is still very much alive here - full of eclectic, quirky shops.
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Camden Road – really, you will be amazed at the wonderful finds down here, definitely one for browsing along.
Monson Road - a short balconied range of shops looking very regal with two of the town’s favourites; Jeremy’s Home Stores (aka Aladdin’s Cave for fans of kitch!), and Saltmarsh (a goldmine of art materials).
Many of the outlying towns and villages in the area also offer an interesting and pleasant alternative to shopping in the town centre with their distinctive flavours and designs.
Cranbrook, Hawkhurst and the Wealden Villages are well worth a visit with their good selection of small specialist shops, antique shops and eateries - exceptional places to seek out local specialities or a souvenir of the area to take home.
Accommodation, Parking & Getting Around
If you are planning on doing a spot of retail therapy, why not book some accommodation and make it a weekend mini-break.
Here in Royal Tunbridge Wells we are blessed to have a range of quality hotels, bed and breakfasts, self-catering properties, many within a 5 minute walk from the town centre and key shopping locations.
The Shopper Hopper bus ticket is available on the 281 town bus service in Royal Tunbridge Wells.
This provides a convenient and regular service from Royal Victoria Place and Calverley Road to The Pantiles.
Running every 12 minutes and costing just £1 for a whole day Shopper Hopper ticket, the service is ideal for shoppers who want to visit both ends of the town.
Shopmobility is a local charity which hires out powered scooters and manual wheelchairs for use in the town centre.
Please phone or e-mail for further details of opening times and hire costs. They are based in Royal Victoria Place Shopping Mall in the town centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells.
Telephone: 01892 544 355
Local Farmers' Markets take place in Civic Way outside the Town Hall and Museum buildings in Royal Tunbridge Wells on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month selling flavoursome local produce and on the first and third Saturdays in the Pantiles.
See our page on Markets for more information.
Sunday and Late Night Shopping
On Sundays, the shops in Royal Victoria Place, some in Calverley Road, Mount Pleasant Road, the High Street and The Pantiles are open from 10:30am to 4:30pm for a leisurely stroll around the town.
Use the 'Search Shopping' box on the right to find that perfect shop for your shopping needs.
Use the 'Keyword' search to search for shops in Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding area by shop name, road name/area or by item.
Late night Tunbridge Wells shopping is on Thursdays until 8pm in Royal Victoria Place and for some shops in Calverley Road and Mount Pleasant Road.
In terms of food and drink, there are many excellent restaurants, pubs and bars that serve amazing meals and refreshments all day and if it's things to see you are interested in, we urge you to pay a visit to The Chalybeate Spring in the Pantiles as well as Calverley Grounds (and the many other superb parks and lakes in Tunbridge Wells).
The Seven Wonders pass will provide you with special offers at 7 of the attractions in the Weald.