Hotels in Tunbridge Wells
A visit to Royal Tunbridge Wells is a chance to see more of the great British countryside. The town is in Kent, within London's commuter belt. It started out as a spa town, with the local water said to have healing properties, and the area is still a popular tourist destination. Tunbridge Wells is something of a symbol of Middle England, giving its name to the stereotype of annoyed letter writers: ‘Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells'.
Things to do
The town of Tunbridge Wells is not to be confused with the wider borough of the same name.
Along with the high street, The Pantiles is the main shopping stretch with independent traders and cafés. It dates back to Georgian times, with the well that gave the town its name standing at one end.
Take the family on a trip along the Spa Valley Railway, on a steam train that passes through High Rocks and Groombridge. There are special prices for kids on certain days of the year, mainly in school holidays.
The Chalybeate spring
The spring was discovered by Lord North in 1606. He became convinced the water had healing powers, and invited others to visit it. By the 1640s Tunbridge Wells was firmly established as a spa retreat.
‘Chalybeate' means rich in iron, something you can definitely taste in the water. The town's spring is open on certain days of the week from Easter to September.
Architecture around Tunbridge Wells
With open spaces such as Bewl Water and Dunorlan Park nearby, the town feels quiet and relaxed.
Scotney Castle is a National Trust property, covering more than 770 acres. The whole estate includes a 14th-century castle, a country house and pretty flower gardens.
Just north of Tunbridge Wells, Salomons Estate joins other Tunbridge Wells hotels in offering you accommodation, fine dining and plenty of space. It houses the Salomons Museum, dedicated to the history of the family running the estate.
Direct trains from Tunbridge Wells rail station will get you to central London in close to an hour. In the other direction, they take you to Hastings.
Trains arrive at London Bridge, for exploring the many food stalls at Borough Market and visiting HMS Belfast.
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