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.

Guided Group Tours in Tunbridge Wells

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 can be organised for groups through the Tunbridge Wells Tourist Information Centre. Tickets are only £5.00 per head (minimum of 15 people), tours last one hour.

All tours are conducted by a fully qualified Blue Badge Guide (Tourist Board accredited) and often start and finish at the Tourist Information Centre in the Pantiles. We would be happy to arrange a guided tour on a day, at a time and relevant start/finish locations to suit you.

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

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.

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.

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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  1. Add Spa Valley Railway to your Itinerary

    Spa Valley Railway

    Type

    Steam Railway

    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

  2. Add Chalybeate Spring to your Itinerary

    Chalybeate Spring

    Type

    Spa

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

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

  3. Add Pashley Manor Gardens to your Itinerary

    Pashley Manor Gardens

    Type

    Garden

    Ticehurst, Wadhurst

    At Pashley you will discover 11 acres of beautiful borders and vistas - the culmination of a lifetime of passion for gardening and an admiration of the tradition of the English country garden.

  4. Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk

    Type

    Waymarked Trail

    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.

  5. Add Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest to your Itinerary

    Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest

    Type

    Forest

    Goudhurst

    Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest is a magnificent place for healthy outdoor activities.

  6. Add Scotney Castle to your Itinerary

    Scotney Castle

    Type

    Garden

    Lamberhurst

    Not one but two houses! Victorian country house and ruined 14th century moated castle set in one of England's most romantic 'picturesque' style gardens.

  7. Add St. Mary's Church Lamberhurst to your Itinerary

    St. Mary's Church Lamberhurst

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    Church / Chapel

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

  8. Hawkhurst Fish Farm

    Add Hawkhurst Fish Farm to your Itinerary

    Hawkhurst Fish Farm

    Type

    Fish Farm

    Hawkhurst

    Carp fishing for the family with a choice of 7 lakes, cafe and pottery.

  9. Add Merriments Gardens Ltd to your Itinerary

    Merriments Gardens Ltd

    Type

    Garden

    Hurst Green

    The gardens at Merriments in the rolling Sussex countryside never fail to delight.

  10. Add Grosvenor and Hilbert Park to your Itinerary

    Grosvenor and Hilbert Park

    Type

    Parkland / Woodland Garden

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Grosvenor and Hilbert is the town's oldest public park and still contains some original historic features, such as the lake and grottoes or 'dripping wells'. There is an exciting and challenging play area which is well worth a visit.

  11. Add The Queen's Hall Theatre to your Itinerary

    The Queen's Hall Theatre

    Type

    Theatre

    Cranbrook

    Providing entertainment in the heart of the Kent Weald.

  12. Add Temper Temper The Chocolate Experience to your Itinerary

    Temper Temper The Chocolate Experience

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    Cookery School

    Tunbridge Wells

    Have a go at making your own delicious confections!

  13. Add St Thomas a Becket Church, Capel to your Itinerary

    St Thomas a Becket Church, Capel

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    Church / Chapel

    Capel

    Twelfth century church with wallpaintings of the same period - the most extensive in West Kent. They depict various biblical scenes including Cain and Abel and The Last Supper.

  14. Add High Rocks to your Itinerary

    High Rocks

    Type

    Natural Feature

    Tunbridge Wells

    Acres of breathtaking sandstone rocks interlinked with bridges provide a scenic walk in a tranquil woodland setting.

  15. Add Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre to your Itinerary

    Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre

    Type

    Leisure / Swimming Pool

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    A great local resource for those interested in health and fitness, with most facilities available on a pay and play basis.

  16. Add Weald Sports Centre to your Itinerary

    Weald Sports Centre

    Type

    Leisure / Swimming Pool

    Cranbrook

    High quality sporting facilities to include swimming pool, sports hall, fitness studio, exercise studio and creche.

  17. Add Putlands Sports & Leisure Centre to your Itinerary

    Putlands Sports & Leisure Centre

    Type

    Sports Ground

    Paddock Wood, Tonbridge

    Purpose built centre provides sports hall, fitness studio, meeting rooms, outdoor tennis courts, football and rugby pitches.

  18. Add The Forum to your Itinerary

    The Forum

    Type

    Event Venue

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    From spring water dispensary to nationally acclaimed live music venue in Royal Tunbridge Wells!

  19. Add Kino Cinema Hawkhurst to your Itinerary

    Kino Cinema Hawkhurst

    Type

    Cinema

    Hawkhurst

    Kino is the UK's first purely digital cinema with the full HD experience.

  20. Add St. Dunstan's Church Cranbrook to your Itinerary

    St. Dunstan's Church Cranbrook

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    Church / Chapel

    Cranbrook

    Cathedral of the Weald.

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