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 Groombridge Place and The Enchanted Forest to your Itinerary

    Groombridge Place and The Enchanted Forest

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    Garden

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Groombridge Place near Tunbridge Wells offers a fun day out for all the family with award winning gardens, and the Enchanted Forest, with its giant tree swings and other exciting thrills to discover.

  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 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. 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'.

  5. 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

  6. Kalmora Spa - temporarily closed

    Type

    Spa and Relaxation

    Goudhurst

    Spa and Salon treatments

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

    The Queen's Hall Theatre

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    Theatre

    Cranbrook

    Providing entertainment in the heart of the Kent Weald.

  8. Add St. Mary's Church Speldhurst to your Itinerary

    St. Mary's Church Speldhurst

    Type

    Church / Chapel

    Tunbridge Wells

    We welcome visitors to our beautiful church.

  9. Add Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre to your Itinerary

    Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre

    Type

    Theatre

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Located in a converted Grade A listed church by the noted architect Decimus Burton, Trinity Theatre hosts a varied programme of art exhibitions, theatre, films, dance, opera and music productions.

  10. Add Closed for now - Cranbrook Museum to your Itinerary

    Closed for now - Cranbrook Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Cranbrook

    A 'must' for every visitor to the Weald.

  11. Add Cranbrook Union Windmill to your Itinerary

    Cranbrook Union Windmill

    Type

    Windmill

    Cranbrook

    The tallest surviving smock mill in the British Isles, measuring 72 feet to the top of the cap.

  12. Add Dunorlan Park to your Itinerary

    Dunorlan Park

    Type

    Parkland / Woodland Garden

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    A glorious local awarding winning park and testament to the Victorian landscaping era. Boating lake and cafe.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  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. Mary's Church Lamberhurst to your Itinerary

    St. Mary's Church Lamberhurst

    Type

    Church / Chapel

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

  17. Add Bewl Water to your Itinerary

    Bewl Water

    Type

    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.

  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 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.

  20. 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.

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