King Charles the Martyr, Royal Tunbridge Wells

King Charles the Martyr, Royal Tunbridge Wells

by Chris Parker

Churches & Abbeys in Tunbridge Wells

The Tunbridge Wells area is rich in ecclesiastical heritage and architecture and has some of the finest examples of churches in Kent.

From the splendid plasterwork ceiling of King Charles the Martyr in Royal Tunbridge Wells and the beautiful collection of stained glass at All Saints' in Tudeley, to the magnificent 'Cathedral of the Weald', St Dunstan's in Cranbrook.

There are 13 significant churches of historical interest around the borough of Tunbridge Wells. All are located in stunning spots amongst the picturesque Wealden countryside too.

Famous Histories and Backstories

Entrancing stories are an integral part of each and every church. Find a moustachioed angel in one, a pirate in another and a handful in the Doomsday book!

There is much artwork to be admired too. All Saints Church in Tudeley has the Chagall stained glass windows commemorating a local family’s tragedy of the last century.

All Saints’ Church in Brenchley has unique exhibitions of artistic glory by Bell and the company Morris & Co in its stained glass windows too.

St Mary’s, Goudhurst, stands proud of the top of the steep windy hill offering stunning views.  You can climb the squat tower on summer weekends and, on a good day you will be able to see approximately 23 miles to the south coast of Kent.

In Royal Tunbridge Wells, King Charles the Martyr was the making of respectability in the town and popular spa centre during the seventeenth century. Not to mention a place for Winnie the Pooh to sit! (Join a guided tour to learn more about this!)

You might be forgiven for thinking that Bayham Abbey as such a spectral ruin, is one of the oldest in the area, however, this honour belongs to the simplest church, St Martin of Tours in Ashurst, dating from between 921 and 927.

A Self Guided Tour

Take a trip (by car or bike) and discover the enduring beauty of English and Norman religious and architectural heritage in Kent.

Further intriguing tales, and a map, of all these thirteen fascinating churches in Kent can be found in an informative pocket guide 'On the Wealden Churches Trail', now available to download.

Stop off in local hostelries along the way and get a feel for the ancient past and cultural reference points from the locals.  Sometimes the smallest sources are the best!

This Google map gives an idea of a tour but not all 13 churches can be included. Use the Churches Trail leaflet in conjunction to help guide you. (Half Moon Road is in fact Pembury Old Church!).

Here you can find more inspiration on where to stay and where to eat. The Tourist Information Centre is of course on hand to advise.  All of the churches have at least partial, if not full, wheelchair access.

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    Royal Tunbridge Wells

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    Pashley Manor Gardens

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    Ticehurst, Wadhurst

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    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Take your choice from Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Dine Alfresco or Bistro dining at its heart warming, mouth-watering best!

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    The Spa Hotel

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    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    The Spa Hotel is an elegant country mansion just a 10-minute walk from Tunbridge Wells Rail Station. It is set in 14 acres of gardens and parkland, and has a swimming pool and sauna.


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    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Family home situated in a quiet location in a private road within walking distance of town centre.

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    Fenwick Terrace Restaurant

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    The Terrace is a walk-in restaurant serving classic and contemporary dishes throughout the day featuring specially sourced local ingredients from the “Garden of England”.

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  7. Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk

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    Tunbridge Wells

    The Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk is a 27.5 mile (44.3km) route that explores the wide variety of fertile and beautiful countryside around Royal Tunbridge Wells, a town within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the borders of Kent and East Sussex.

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    The Barn

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Recognised for serving the best steaks in town!

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    The Great House

    Hawkhurst

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    Brick House

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    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Elegant Edwardian house in the centre of town in a Conservation Area.


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    Hononton Cottage Bed and Breakfast

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    Brenchley

    Hononton Cottage is a 16th Century Grade Two listed farmhouse typical of the Kentish Weald, tile hung with a wealth of exposed oak beams throughout

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    Chalybeate Spring

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    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Visitors came to see and be seen in fashionable Tunbridge Wells, but above all to 'take the waters'.

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    Cranbrook

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    Spa Valley Railway

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    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Spa Valley Railway takes you on a picturesque railway journey through through the beautiful Wealden countryside from Tunbridge Wells to High Rocks, Groombridge and Eridge

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    Salomons Bistro

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Popular Bistro, where you can enjoy superb food in an elegant setting.

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    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    A rural retreat with superb views perched on a ridge in an area of outstanding natural beauty yet less than two miles from Royal Tunbridge Wells.

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    18 Strawberry Close

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Strawberry Close is located on the desirable south west side of Tunbridge Wells just a short walk from the historical Pantiles.

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    Russell Hotel

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    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Located in the heart of the town centre, this elegant Victorian hotel overlooks the scenic Tunbridge Wells common.

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    One Warwick Park

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    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Luxurious hotel near the Pantiles.

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    The Vineyard

    Lamberhurst

    English pub / bar serving locally sourced food

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