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Royal Tunbridge Wells Town

Royal Tunbridge Wells is the only spa town in the South East of England and you really do need to see it to believe it!

The town's elegant architecture, especially in The Pantiles, accommodates a variety of independent shops, cafés and restaurants. Royal Victoria Place, the High Street and the department stores of Fenwick's and Hoopers add to this choice.

A diverse events programme is available throughout the year from 'spring gardens', 'open air shows' to Christmas festivities and regular Farmers' Markets. This exciting programme is available in Royal Tunbridge Wells and throughout the borough, including Cranbrook and the beautiful Wealden Villages.

Want to know more about the history of Tunbridge Wells?.....read on!

Royal Tunbridge Wells owes its existence to the discovery of the Chalybeate Spring in 1606 by Dudley, Lord North.

Once the playground of royalty and the aristocracy, Tunbridge Wells became a rival to Bath and nearby Brighton. 

Visitors can still taste the Spring water today just as visitors such as Queen Anne, Queen Victoria, Samuel Pepys and Daniel Defoe, to name just a few, did over the last 400 years.

The Town's historic past is reflected very much in its architecture - from elegant Regency villas to large Victorian houses, many designed by Decimus Burton, to pretty clapboard cottages, all surrounded by lots of green space, including the unique 200-acre Common located in the town centre.

Just a short train journey from London's Charing Cross and easily accessible by car from the coast and the main road routes in the South East, Royal Tunbridge Wells makes an ideal base for a short break or a pleasant day out.

What should you do next?

If you would like to come to Tunbridge Wells to explore and find out more about its rich history, culture and heritage, then first of all, we suggest you download our map of Tunbridge Wells to help plan your visit.

By downloading our map, it will be much easier to find and visit many of our amazing attractions such as the historic Pantiles walkway, the Seven Wonders of the Weald, not to mention our many amazing gardens, stately homes and churches.

If time is of the essence, then we suggest you try our one-hour guided walking tour - you will not be disappointed!

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