Without the discovery of a Chalybeate Spring and its healing properties in 1606 by Dudley, Lord North, Tunbridge Wells would never have existed. Royal Tunbridge Wells originally attracted royalty and aristocracy as a place to see and to be seen, and, being the only spa town in the South East of England, visitors such Queen Anne, Prince Albert, Queen Victoria, Daniel Defoe have benefited from its waters over the past 400 years.
Tunbridge Wells is located just 30 miles from London on the A26 and A21 and borders the county of East Sussex and can be reached from both the M20 and M25 motorways within 20 minutes by car. Direct services run from the town to London Charing Cross (approximately 50 minutes) and Hastings. There are also connecting services to Gatwick Airport and Ashford International stations.
Crammed with places to visit, its heritage includes the historic Pantiles walkway and the Chalybeate Spring, the dozens of gardens and the churches of interest, the vineyards, the stately homes and castle. And with a multitude of high quality restaurants, elegant cafes, traditional pubs, varied shops and a wide selection of outdoor activities such as walking, sailing, mountain biking, windsurfing and climbing, Royal Tunbridge Wells is not just the place for a relaxing break.
The town’s glorious inheritance mainly rests in its fantastic architecture, and many of the buildings are attributed to the outstanding talent of architect Decimus Barton, and range from refined classical villas to gothic Victorian houses. Tunbridge Wells still offers a wide choice of period homes and pretty timbered cottages with lots of green space for those who aim for properties with plenty of charm.