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Are you thinking about buying or renting a home in Tunbridge Wells, Kent? An historic town on the Kent, East Sussex borders. Tunbridge Wells is just over 40 miles from Central London, which makes it ideal for young professionals and commuters.
During the Restoration period that began in 1660, Tunbridge Wells became a fashionable spa town. Today, the area remains as popular as ever with its inhabitants because of its relaxed, historic charm.
King Edward VII officially recognised the popularity of Tunbridge Wells with its many royal and aristocratic visitors - including his mother, Queen Victoria - over the centuries by granting the town its "Royal" prefix.
In 1909 the town became known, as it is to this day, as Royal Tunbridge Wells, one of only a few towns in England to be granted this title.
King Edward VII officially recognised the popularity of Tunbridge Wells with its many royal and aristocratic visitors – including his mother Queen Victoria – over the centuries by granting the town its “Royal” prefix. In 1909 the town became known, as it is to this day, as Royal Tunbridge Wells, one of only a few towns in England to be granted this title.
So, do you think you would be happy to call Tunbridge Wells your home town? Read our guide to find out more.
Tunbridge Wells station is centrally located with High Brooms located to the northern side of the town. Both provide great transport links into central London. For example, the train from Tunbridge Wells to London Charing Cross takes around an hour. There are fast trains from High Brooms to London.
The area is also well served by a regular bus service, which provides local town and rural services to Tonbridge, Paddock Wood and Sevenoaks, as well as express services to locations such as Bromley, Maidstone & Brighton. The town also has its local hopper bus service covering the main town area with busses every 12 minutes.
With over 200 places to eat, the food and drink scene is thriving in Tunbridge Wells. The town’s restaurants provide a wide variety of international and English cuisines, including Nepalese, Bangladeshi, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, Thai and French. There are also a number of top-class seafood restaurants in the area, including the popular Thackerays run by celebrity chef Richard Philips & Sankeys Seafood Brasserie on Mount Ephraim and The Old Fish Market on The Pantiles. In addition to the range of independent eateries there is a strong presence of established chains including Bills, Wagamamas, Ask, Prezzo, Strada, Jamie’s Italian & Pizza Express.
If you’re looking for a great place to grab a drink, then Tunbridge Wells also spoils you for choice. There are great gastro pubs like The Black Pig and The Cross Keys. Plus, there are more traditional pubs like Fuggles, Ragged Trousers, Beau Nash, Grove Tavern, Trading Post & St. Johns Yard and The Compasses (The oldest pub in Tunbridge Wells) to name a few, However you like to enjoy a drink, there’s somewhere for you.
If you like to keep active, there are plenty of sports and leisure facilities in Tunbridge Wells to choose from. Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre, for example, has over 100 exercise stations and a huge gym equipped with all the best fitness apparatus. The centre also has a swimming pool, an indoor five-a-side football pitch, group exercise programmes and many more sporting activities that’ll get the blood pumping.
There are also several golf clubs in the surrounding area, including Tunbridge Wells Golf Club and Nevill Golf Club. Or, if you like riding horses, Honnington Equestrian Centre, in Southborough just over three miles from Tunbridge Wells, provides some of the finest equestrian facilities in the county.
Tunbridge Wells contains green spaces that range from woodland areas to maintained grounds and parks. If you like to enjoy a picnic on a sunny day, the open areas provided by the Tunbridge Wells, Rusthall and Southborough Commons present excellent spots to do so. Within the town is also found Calverley Grounds, The Grove and St. Johns Park.
There is also Dunorlan Park, which used to be the garden of a now demolished mansion owned by the millionaire Henry Reed. Alternatively, you could pay a visit to Grosvenor Recreation Ground & Hilbert recreation ground where there is a bowls club, a cafe and a children's play area.
If the rain clouds gather over Tunbridge Wells, there is no need to worry, because the town still offers plenty in the way of things to do. Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery houses a range of exhibitions to excite and educate. The town is also home to Fentons Rink – England’s only dedicated ice curling rink. Or, alternatively, you could enjoy a game of ten-pin bowling at Bowlplex. The Odeon Cinema complex offers 9 Screens!
The Royal Victoria Place is an award-winning shopping centre with over 100 well-known high street stores all under one roof – including Boots, BHS, H&M and Marks & Spencer.
Tunbridge Well’s old high street also boasts a wide variety of independent shops in a beautiful and historic setting. So whether you’re looking to shop at small boutiques or big high street names, the town will be able to cater for your retail needs.
The town also hosts a local farmers market on the second and fourth Saturday of every month. Held in the Civic Way outside the Town Hall and Museum buildings, the market sells a variety of fantastic local produce. In addition, Tunbridge Wells has an Asda, Sainsbury’s Marks & Spencer’s, Tesco’s and Morrison’s stores.
The Forum in Tunbridge Wells is a 250-capacity live music venue that hosts a diverse range of bands and singers, whilst The Assembly Hall offers a huge range of shows, including live music, comedians and musicals. Trinity Theatre Located in a converted Grade A listed church by the noted architect Decimus Burton hosts a varied programme of art exhibitions, theatre, films, dance and music productions. In addition, The Grey Lady Music Lounge provides the opportunity to sample jazz and blues in a unique setting and atmosphere, which befits the music being played. Seasonal events include Jazz on the Pantiles in the summer. The Ice rink on Calverley Grounds in December. Tunbridge Wells is the home of the Spa Valley Steam Railway.
Tunbridge Wells Library & Museum is open seven days a week and includes a decent range of adult and children’s literature, clubs and activities, as well as computer and internet access.
Tunbridge Wells’ residents also have the choice of several health care centres, including Tunbridge Wells Hospital, Spire and Nuffield private hospitals.
There are several car parks in Tunbridge Wells – ranging from free car parks to short-stay and pay-and-display car parks. Additional on-street parking is available, however to park in many residential areas you will need to purchase a permit from the local council.
The area’s primary schools are wide-ranging many of which have had to set catchment areas also the Tunbridge Wells Free School & St. Augustine’s Catholic Primary School.
Tunbridge Wells, being in Kent retains both Grammar Schools and Comprehensive Secondary schools as well as both Church of England and Catholic secondary schools. With the town straddling the county boundary with East Sussex being Comprehensive only the location of your home is relevant to schooling.
To find out more about buying a property in Tunbridge Wells, call or visit the local Andrews branch (insert link to new Tunbridge Wells page).
Tunbridge Wells rail station
Royal Victoria Place Shopping Centre 300 Royal Victoria Pl, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN1 2SS
Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery
The Pantiles Tunbridge Wells TN2 5SA
Skinners' Kent Academy Blackhurst Lane, Tunbridge Wells TN2 4PY
Beechwood Sacred Heart School - Secondary Pembury Road, Tunbridge Wells TN2 3QD
The Skinners' School St John's Road, Tunbridge Wells TN4 9PG
Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys St John's Road, Tunbridge Wells TN4 9XB
Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar School Southfield Road, Tunbridge Wells TN4 9UJ
Sherwood Park Community Primary School Friar's Way, Tunbridge Wells TN2 3UA
St Barnabas CofE VA Primary School Quarry Road, Tunbridge Wells TN1 2EY
Beechwood Sacred Heart School - Primary Pembury Road, Tunbridge Wells TN2 3QD
St James' Church of England Voluntary Aided Infant School Sandrock Road, Tunbridge Wells TN2 3PR
St James' Church of England Junior School Sandrock Road, Tunbridge Wells TN2 3PR
Little Fishes Playgroup (West Kent Ymca) West Kent Ymca Sherwood Centre, Tunbridge Wells TN2 3JG
Sherwood Playgroup (Panda) Sherwood Community Centre, Tunbridge Wells TN2 3JG
Grosvenor Montessori Kindergarten Grosvenor Hall, Tunbridge Wells TN1 2LP
Little Owls Pre School Toch Hall, Tunbridge Wells TN4 9HW
St James Church Pre School Church House, Tunbridge Wells TN2 3RL
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