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Royal Tunbridge WellsUnited Kingdom

This spa town is home to a wealth of historic attractions, interesting museums and independent shops.

Royal Tunbridge Wells rose to prominence during the 17th and 18th centuries as a spa destination, attracting upper-class visitors with its mineral-water spring. The spa craze has faded over the centuries. Today, you can enjoy the town’s shops and restaurants, and admire the elegant buildings that were constructed during its golden age.

The city gained popularity beginning in 1606 when Dudley Lord North, a courtier to King James I, discovered an iron-rich mineral spring. Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, royal visitors flocked to the town, seeking cures for everything from impotence to melancholy. Trips to the town remained in vogue throughout the reign of Queen Victoria and it was given its “Royal” prefix in 1909. Visit during the summer nowadays and drink the waters of the town’s Chalybeate Spring, where costumed “dippers” dole out drinks.

Go for a stroll along the Pantiles, a lovely colonnaded walkway bordered by 17th-century buildings. Browse the promenade’s unique shops, enjoy a coffee at an open-air café or check out a live performance on the bandstand. Stop by the Saturday farmers’ markets, held on alternating weeks at the Pantiles or Town Hall.

Inspect the 18th-century buildings that line the lower end of Tunbridge Wells’ High Street.

Near the northern end of Mount Pleasant Road, you’ll find the Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery. This family-friendly museum is dedicated to the exhibition of local artifacts. Look for the world’s largest collection of Tunbridge ware, consisting of decorative wooden objects inlaid with small pieces of colored wood.

Save time to check out the 17th-century Church of King Charles the Martyr. Although the church’s exterior is relatively plain, the interior features a beautiful plastered ceiling. You may also be able to watch one of the organ recitals that regularly take place here.

Royal Tunbridge Wells is located 40 miles (65 kilometers) southeast of London. Take the train from London's Charing Cross or Cannon Street station towards Hastings, which passes through Royal Tunbridge Wells’ town center.

Where to stay in Royal Tunbridge Wells

Denny Bottom, Royal Tunbridge Wells, England, United Kingdom

Denny Bottom

Though Denny Bottom may not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Pantiles and Tunbridge Wells Chalybeate.

Denny Bottom

Top hotels in Royal Tunbridge Wells

Hotel du Vin & Bistro Tunbridge Wells
Hotel du Vin & Bistro Tunbridge Wells
4 out of 5
Crescent Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells, England
The price is £82 per night from 10 Nov to 11 Nov

Situated in Royal Tunbridge Wells, this romantic hotel is steps away from Assembly Hall Theater and Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery. Trinity Theatre and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (280 reviews)

"A lovely hotel with friendly and helpful service and a great breakfast."…"

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2020

Hotel du Vin & Bistro Tunbridge Wells
The Spa Hotel
The Spa Hotel
4 out of 5
Mount Ephraim, Royal Tunbridge Wells, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £75 per night from 22 Oct to 23 Oct

Situated in Royal Tunbridge Wells, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Tunbridge Wells Golf Club, Trinity Theatre and Assembly Hall Theater. Tunbridge ...

4.3/5Excellent! (454 reviews)

"Beautifully decorated, immaculately clean and every member of staff I met were all so friendly and helpful."…"

Reviewed on 8 Sep 2020

The Spa Hotel
Mercure Tunbridge Wells Hotel
Mercure Tunbridge Wells Hotel
4 out of 5
8 Tunbridge Road, Pembury, Royal Tunbridge Wells, England
The price is £54 per night from 27 Oct to 28 Oct

Situated in Royal Tunbridge Wells, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Tunbridge Wells Chalybeate, Dunorlan Park and Assembly Hall Theater. Tunbridge Wells ...

3.7/5Good! (789 reviews)

"Clean and welcoming staff very mindful of current conditions. Asked for room with step in shower and was given one. Furniture in room was old probably needs an up date. Evetything was spotless though and bed was comfortable. We would us the hotel again."…"

Reviewed on 5 Oct 2020

Mercure Tunbridge Wells Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Royal Tunbridge Wells

The Garden Flat
The Garden Flat
4 out of 5
7 Mount Sion, Royal Tunbridge Wells, England
The price is £95 per night from 22 Oct to 23 Oct

Situated in Royal Tunbridge Wells, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Pantiles, Assembly Hall Theater and Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (54 reviews)

"We loved the price and location of the flat and were really pleased with the information provided for us by the owner and that we would receive complementary milk, butter, bread, tea, sugar, and orange juice. Although we did receive this, the sugar was clearly an old, previously opened bag, that ..."…"

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2019

The Garden Flat
Little Gem - One Bedroom House, Sleeps 2
Little Gem - One Bedroom House, Sleeps 2
The Annexe, Royal Tunbridge Wells, ENG

Situated in Royal Tunbridge Wells, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery, Trinity Theatre and Assembly Hall Theater. ...

4.2/5Very Good! (5 reviews)
What a (little) Gem!!

"This property was ideal for us. Close to the Centre of Tunbridge Wells and our family nearby. It was clean and extremely comfortable."…"

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2019

Little Gem - One Bedroom House, Sleeps 2
Mount Sion
Mount Sion
3.5 out of 5
Ground floor flat 7 Mount Sion, Royal Tunbridge Wells, England

Situated in Royal Tunbridge Wells, this cottage is within a 10-minute walk of Pantiles, Assembly Hall Theater and Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery. Trinity ...

Mount Sion
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Royal Tunbridge Wells

Pantiles
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Pantiles

4/5(1 review)

This pretty colonnaded walkway is lined with diverse shops, excellent galleries and charming cafés.

Scotney Castle
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Scotney Castle

4/5(1 review)

You can learn about the history of Lamberhurst with a trip to Scotney Castle. Amble around this relaxing area's picturesque gardens and enjoy its lively bars.

Dunorlan Park
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Dunorlan Park

Explore the great outdoors at Dunorlan Park, a lovely green space in Royal Tunbridge Wells. Wander the area's picturesque gardens or simply enjoy one of its lively bars.

Trinity Theatre
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Trinity Theatre

Enjoy a performance at Trinity Theatre, a popular theatre in Royal Tunbridge Wells. Visit the area's spas or amble around its picturesque gardens.

Groombridge Place
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Groombridge Place

You can learn about the history of Royal Tunbridge Wells with a visit to Groombridge Place. Amble around this relaxing area's picturesque gardens and enjoy its lively bars.

Leeds Castle
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Leeds Castle

4.5/5(58 reviews)

Visit this grand castle on an island in a lake to see rooms decorated in medieval style, picnic in serene grounds and enjoy entertainment for all the family.

Top things to do in Royal Tunbridge Wells

London Gatwick Airport Lounge; Club Aspire Lounge
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London Gatwick Airport Lounge; Club Aspire Lounge

£25
Per adult
Exclusive Private English Wine Tour with Pub Lunch
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Exclusive Private English Wine Tour with Pub Lunch

£499
Per adult
London: Your 1-Hour Private Sightseeing Flight
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London: Your 1-Hour Private Sightseeing Flight

£150
Per adult
Historic Canterbury Private Day Tour
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Historic Canterbury Private Day Tour

£335
Per adult
Private tour to Canterbury, Dover Cliffs and Dover Castle
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Private tour to Canterbury, Dover Cliffs and Dover Castle

£420
Per adult
London Gatwick Airport Arrival Transfer (Airport to London Hotel)
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London Gatwick Airport Arrival Transfer (Airport to London Hotel)

£115
Per adult

Reviews of Royal Tunbridge Wells

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Feb 2020

Good memories

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

29 Jan 2020

A quaint town in an attractive part of Kent. A pleasant place to visit.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

20 Jan 2020

Pantiles area was lovely

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Jan 2020

Unique shopping and character

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Dec 2019

Lovely town and well placed to visit Hever castle and Chartwell house.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

30 Nov 2019

Nice place

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