Audio Town Tour App - The Amelia

Tunbridge Wells Town Tour App

Now that we are able to get out and about again, we are delighted to present the free app ‘Tales of Tunbridge Wells’ featuring a 90 minute audio trail of the Royal Town. 

Just don’t forget your headphones, remember to stay aware and observe social distancing when following the trail.  Even better, why not take an early morning stroll, or enjoy it at dusk, when the Town can be appreciated at its most peaceful…

The Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Trail

The Town trail is the first app-led walking tour uncovering the history and heritage of Royal Tunbridge Wells. 

The trail focuses on the celebrated town, from the discovery of the Chalybeate Spring in 1606 to the thriving, culturally rich spa 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.

You will be taken on a self-led journey through 30 key locations in the town, which lasts about an hour and a half.  An on-screen map offers you a suggested route, although the GPS triggered audio and images can be enjoyed in any order. Alternatively, you can enjoy the content from the comfort of your own home.

Walking Tour Highlights

  • 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
  • Tucked behind the bustling and polite High Street, the landlord of the Grove Tavern gives you a flavour of the spirited underbelly of this “Royal” town, which has also played host to scoundrels, chancers and even ghosts! Beer historian, Jeremy Kimmel, sets the scene with a look at the importance of the hops industry in and around Tunbridge Wells.
  • Step into one of the town’s most architecturally noted churches, now Trinity Theatre, as it’s Community and Visual Arts Manager, and a local historian and member of the Civic Society explain its architectural and cultural importance to the town.
  • At 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 on the app, which is the first of its kind for Royal Tunbridge Wells. 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. 

This project has been realised through collaboration between The Amelia and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Economic Development Team, and is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England and Kent County Council.

The trail is now available to download for free from the app stores for both Apple and Android devices.

We hope you enjoy it!

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    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.

  2. 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

  3. Add Groombridge Place and The Enchanted Forest to your Itinerary

    Groombridge Place and The Enchanted Forest

    Type

    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.

  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 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'.

  6. 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.

  7. Add Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest to your Itinerary

    Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest

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    Forest

    Goudhurst

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

  8. Add Grosvenor and Hilbert Park to your Itinerary

    Grosvenor and Hilbert Park

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    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.

  9. 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.

  10. Add Salomons Estate to your Itinerary

    Salomons Estate

    Type

    Museum

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Salomons Estate – Kent’s undiscovered gem

    Constructed by Decimus Burton for Sir David Salomon, it was the first house in Britain to use domestic electricity.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

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

    St. Dunstan's Church Cranbrook

    Type

    Church / Chapel

    Cranbrook

    Cathedral of the Weald.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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