ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS
Royal Tunbridge Wells is the only spa town in the South East of England. You can discover Tunbridge Wells' 400-year history on a one-hour guided walking tour. The town's elegant architecture, especially in The Pantiles, accommodates a variety of independent shops, cafés and restaurants. Royal Victoria Place, the High Street and the department stores of Fenwick's and Hoopers add to this choice. A diverse events programme is available throughout the year from 'spring gardens', 'summer sights and sounds' to Christmas festivities and regular Farmers' Markets. This exciting programme is available in Royal Tunbridge Wells and throughout the borough, including Cranbrook and the beautiful Wealden Villages. Within walking distance there are the historic Pantiles (some of Tommy Steele's film "Half a Sixpence" was filmed here), why not take the waters at The Chalybeate Spring?
Experience a tour of the Pantiles - a look at life in "Royal" Tunbridge Wells in Georgian times. Several buildings and churches of note, including King Charles the Martyr, together with the area known as the Village, Mount Sion and Frog Lane are well worth a visit.
Royal Tunbridge Wells is surrounded by some of the finest stately homes and castles in Kent, many with connections to well known figures from history. From the renowned landscaped gardens of Leeds Castle to the moat at Hever Castle in Kent - each historic building has something unique and wonderful to offer.
Royal Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk
Royal Tunbridge Wells is surrounded by the glorious countryside of Kent and Sussex - part of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Miles of footpaths, marked long distance walking routes and some of the best walks in Kent, make the area ideal for walkers.
The Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk - 27 œ miles (44.3 km) of paths surrounding the town, with link paths to Tunbridge Wells town centre - provides a real challenge for those spending several days in the area or can be split into sections for a more leisurely walk through the Kent countryside.
Passing several points of interest along the way, such as Groombridge Place Gardens and the magnificent Chagall windows at All Saints' Church in Tudeley, the Tunbridge Wells Circular is a good introduction to some of the sights of the area.
Shorter Circular Walks
The Tunbridge Wells Circular has been designed with four shorter circular walks, using fully waymarked link routes. Each walk starts in the centre of the historic town within easy reach of the railway station and local bus services.
The Southborough Circular, the Pembury Circular, the Sussex Circular and the Speldhurst Circular each highlight distinctive areas of this stunning Wealden countryside.
Notable attractions along the Tunbridge Wells Circular include Tudeley Church with its spectacular stained glass windows by Mark Chagall; orchards and vineyards; the site of Keyes Mill painted by Turner; Harrison's Rocks, a popular outcrop for serious climbers; Groombridge Place and Gardens - a key location in the filming of Pride of Prejudice (2005) starring Keira Knightley; and the historic George and Dragon public house, at Speldhurst, which is thought to date from the 13th century.
The Tunbridge Wells Circular map and the shorter circular walks maps are available from Reception.
Maps of Royal Tunbridge Wells are available from Reception, please feel free to pick one up during your stay.