The Pantiles

The Pantiles

Royal Tunbridge Wells | by Chris Parker

Tours & Sightseeing in Tunbridge Wells

There are many tales of intrigue, scandal and delight about Tunbridge Wells that have emerged over the years.

The most entertaining way to hear all about the historic spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells is with a Tunbridge Wells Blue Badge Guide.

Our one-hour guided walking tours will take you through the Pantiles and the historic heart of the town.

You will discover its 400-year history and hear about the many famous visitors - from Queen Anne and Queen Victoria to Samuel Pepys - who made Tunbridge Wells the place in which to see and be seen!

The guides bring the stories and the history fully to life and are highly recommended.

Guided walks take place most Thursday and Saturday mornings (1st April to the last weekend in September) at 11:00am - regardless of the weather! Please do check our What's On page for dates.

Tickets: Only £5.00, available from the Royal Tunbridge Wells Tourist Information Centre. Tours last one hour.

All tours are conducted by a fully qualified Blue Badge Guide (Tourist Board accredited) and start and finish at the Tourist Information Centre in the Pantiles.

Read a Guide’s blog ‘Tales from a Tunbridge Wells Blue Badge Guide’ to get an insider’s view!

Seven Wonders of the Weald

See seven highlighted attractions, from heritage railway to vineyard to garden gems and grand castles around the Tunbridge Wells area, with an annual pass saving you pounds and offering special treats!  Go to the Seven Wonders page for all the details.

Guided Group Tours in Tunbridge Wells

Arranging a group visit to Royal Tunbridge Wells? We would be happy to arrange a guided tour on a day and at a time to suit you.

From parties of 15 upwards, we can make the arrangements and suggest places to visit if you have a particular theme in mind.

Royal Spa Town and Country House Tour

Why not extend your day and combine a guided walking tour of Royal Tunbridge Wells with a visit to Penshurst Place and Gardens one of England's great houses.

Set within the High Weald this historic House and estate has been standing for more than six centuries. Penshurst Place which once belonged to Henry VIII has been the ancestral home of the Sidney family since 1552.

Today visitors can visit the House including the magnificent Baron’s Hall built in 1341, the historic walled gardens dating back to 1346, there are 11 acres of garden “rooms” to explore, the Toy Museum and the magnificent parkland.

The Garden Restaurant serves superb lunches and cream teas (pre booking recommended). The Gift shop and Porcupine Pantry café are both open daily.

To make the most of your visit to Penshurst Place & Gardens we suggest that you allow three hours to visit the House and Gardens.

Please note that the price does not include travel to Penshurst Place and refreshments /meals. There is ample free coach parking. The price is based on a minimum group size of 20 people. With groups of less than 20, the price per person will increase accordingly.

Contact the Tourist Information Centre for details.

Self Guided Walking Trail

Take a wander round Royal Tunbridge Wells at your leisure with the guidance of the Heritage Walking Trail, follow the claret coloured plaques and see the best bits!

Download the leaflet from our Download Brochure page and take your time stopping off at the inviting cafes, shops and restaurants along the way. 

If Mount Pleasant Road is too much of a climb, you can always hop on a bus to drop you off and return back down the hill later if you wish.

Preview the walk with a virtual tour.

Tours further afield

Hawkhurst has a trail of its own if you dare!  Imagine yourself a smuggler from the 18th century bringing in rum or tea and take yourself off on a self guided tour of the Weald to the Coast to find out how it was done.

We have put together a couple of itineraries which will take you round the region out into the countryside: Scenic Driving Tour Around the Weald of Kent and A Vineyard Tour.

Book a country cottage and enjoy a long break in the countryside, enjoying the slow life!

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