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Royal Tunbridge Wells Hotels

Royal Tunbridge Wells is a large, quaint and welcoming Georgian town set in the wooded county of Kent. Situated on the northern edge of the High Weald - a magical forest-flecked chalk escarpment housing hidden coves and trickling streams - Royal Tunbridge Wells is rich in both natural beauty and historic sights. The town centre is awash with white-painted wooden shop fronts and quaint colonnades strung with hanging flowers, all hosting old-world stores, bakeries and outdoor cafés.

Things to see

Shoppers will jump at the chance to spend a morning exploring the vast Royal Victoria Place shopping centre, where its sleek white-walls, refined fountains and designer boutiques perfectly emulate the grand Victorian style. Meanwhile, culture-lovers can amble along The Pantiles, a Georgian colonnade composed of independent art galleries, specialist shops and glitzy bars. At the end of The Pantiles, you’ll find the magical Chalybeate spring, the fresh, dazzling waters upon which Tunbridge Wells was founded. Afterward, unwind by immersing yourself in the Calverley Grounds, where winding cobbled footpaths lead you along downy lawns, beneath arching trees and pink-red flowerbeds. For the adventurous, explore the surrounding wooded Weald area, discovering majestic silver-spiked castles - such as Scotney - and the hidden gardens of Groombridge, which boasts an enchanted forest play-area for the children. In the evenings, enjoy a glass of fruity berry-infused wine from one of the local vineyards.

Hotels in Royal Tunbridge Wells

There are a number of centrally located 4 and 5-star Royal Tunbridge Wells hotels, which can come at surprisingly affordable prices. These hotels are set in grand towering buildings, with in-door spas and deluxe Jacuzzis, tranquil bar lounges and elegant restaurants serving up speciality gastronomy, from creamy French-infused mains to delicate, chocolate-laced desserts. Tunbridge Wells also offers a selection of homely Victorian-style guesthouses and B&Bs, for those who prefer a touch of the traditional. For a fleeting visit on a tight budget, a handful of convenient lodges align the roads leading in to Tunbridge Wells.

Where to stay

Whilst Tunbridge Wells is a large town that smoothly expands into the rich green countryside, the town centre is rather small, and staying here means that you’ll be walking distance from the all the main sites and attractions. Exceptional evenings will arrive easily, with the smell of fresh flowers mingling with simmering home-cooking cuisine along the restaurant and bar lined central streets. Staying slightly east of Tunbridge Wells, toward the hamlet of Pembury, puts you in the heart of the High Weald woodland, which is cut through by invigorating hiking and biking trails - ideal for a rejuvenating family getaway.

How to get to Royal Tunbridge Wells

Even though Tunbridge Wells is set deep in Kent’s dense, bewitching woodland, it is easily accessible, centred at a hub of connecting A-roads that lead out to Maidstone, Newhaven, Hailsham, and a straight speedy 40 mile road to central London. Tunbridge Wells Station is happily located at the top of the High Street, so arriving by rail will find you within walking distance of the shops, cafés and bars. The calm streets of Tunbridge Wells make it an idyllic walking or bicycling town, but bring a car to really explore the hidden wonders of the surrounding Weald area.