Audio Town Tour App - The Amelia

Tunbridge Wells Town Tour

You may not be able to visit us right now, so we’re sending some of Tunbridge Wells to you!

To celebrate the impending release of a free audio walking trail app ‘Tales of Tunbridge Wells’, excerpts of this fascinating exploration of the town are now available as a series of virtual mini tours.

The Town Trail

These first tracks, twelve in total, will be individually released weekly from April 27th 2020 and form part of the more extensive  Town trail, which will be the first in a series of audio walking tours uncovering the history and heritage of Royal Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding area.

From the comfort of your own home, these soundbites and picture galleries will give you a glimpse of this infamous and unique town.  Follow the journey from the discovery of the Chalybeate Spring in 1606 to the flourishing, culturally rich town that exists today.

The contributors range from historians, local business owners, residents, landlords and reverends.  Their anecdotes and facts provide a colourful and characterful insight into one of England’s first tourist destinations.

Highlights and Hidden Gems of Tunbridge Wells

  • Meet the Dipper who performs the oldest job in Tunbridge Wells, the art of serving the precious waters at the Chalybeate Spring in the Pantiles, as she spins yarns and tells the untold secrets of our noble and Royal visitors from the past…
  • Reverend Laurence Powell of King Charles the Martyr offers behind the scenes access at Tunbridge Wells’ oldest permanent structure, as he takes you through the history of the building including the most notable members of its congregation
  • At one of the town’s most architecturally noted churches, now Trinity Theatre, the Community and Visual Arts Manager, alongside a local historian and member of the Civic Society explain its architectural and cultural importance to the town.
  • At renowned music venue The Forum, formerly housing a forge and then a public convenience, we learn about some of the world famous acts that have performed there and it’s contribution to the thriving music scene in the town today.

This is just a small example of the extensive catalogue of voices which will later appear on the app, which will be the first of its kind for Royal Tunbridge Wells.  In the meantime this mini series is a great free thing to do at home during lockdown. Recorded during 2019, this unique offering captures the true essence of this surprising town.

Interwoven through the narrative of individual voices, key themes are explored including architecture, innovation, literature, Royalty and religion. 

Safe to do during lockdown!

This project has been realised through collaboration between The Amelia and Visit Tunbridge Wells Tourism Service as well as being supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England.

The full trail app will be available later in 2020 and downloadable for free from the app stores for both Apple and Android devices.

For now, sit back and relax with the first of our “Postcards from Tunbridge Wells”…

Enjoy!

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  1. 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'.

  2. Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk

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    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.

  3. Add Spa Valley Railway to your Itinerary

    Spa Valley Railway

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    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

  4. Add Pashley Manor Gardens to your Itinerary

    Pashley Manor Gardens

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    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.

  5. Add Sissinghurst Castle Garden to your Itinerary

    Sissinghurst Castle Garden

    Type

    Garden

    Cranbrook

    Famous, stunning gardens set in the remains of a large Elizabethan house amidst the unspoilt Weald countryside.

  6. Add St. Mary's Church Goudhurst to your Itinerary

    St. Mary's Church Goudhurst

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    Church / Chapel

    Cranbrook

    The church on the hill above the village.

  7. Add Bowles Outdoor Centre to your Itinerary

    Bowles Outdoor Centre

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    Adventure Park / Playground

    Eridge Green

    A day and residential outdoor centre with accommodation offering rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, canoeing and development courses and fun!

  8. Add Putlands Sports & Leisure Centre to your Itinerary

    Putlands Sports & Leisure Centre

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    Sports Ground

    Paddock Wood, Tonbridge

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

  9. Add Scotney Castle to your Itinerary

    Scotney Castle

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    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.

  10. 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!

  11. Add Bewl Water to your Itinerary

    Bewl Water

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    Lake / Reservoir

    Lamberhurst

    Set in the heart of the High Weald and surrounded by 800 acres of outstanding natural beauty, Bewl Water is the perfect place to watch the seasons change and to enjoy some healthy family fun for all ages.

  12. Nevill Cricket Ground

    Add Nevill Cricket Ground to your Itinerary

    Nevill Cricket Ground

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    Cricket

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Groundsman 01892 530833 Pavillion 01892 520846  

  13. Add Kino Cinema Hawkhurst to your Itinerary

    Kino Cinema Hawkhurst

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    Cinema

    Hawkhurst

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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

    St. Dunstan's Church Cranbrook

    Type

    Church / Chapel

    Cranbrook

    Cathedral of the Weald.

  17. Add Temper Temper The Chocolate Experience to your Itinerary

    Temper Temper The Chocolate Experience

    Type

    Cookery School

    Tunbridge Wells

    Have a go at making your own delicious confections!

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Add Parish Church of King Charles The Martyr to your Itinerary

    Parish Church of King Charles The Martyr

    Type

    Church / Chapel

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    The first permanent building in Tunbridge Wells. Stunning plasterwork ceiling by Sir Christopher Wren's Chief Plasterer.

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