Taking the Waters at the Wells
The Chalybeate Spring (situated in the Pantiles) was discovered by a nobleman in 1606 who found that when he drank the water (which is supposed to be rich in iron) he felt rejeuvenated. He told all his aristocratic friends about the wells and henceforth Tunbridge Wells became a very popular Georgian spa town, where the wealthy but maybe not so healthy, would come to "take the waters".
Many well know figures from British history have taken the waters here, including Queen Victoria, Samuel Pepys, Queen Anne and Daniel Defoe to name a few!
It is still possible to drink the water here ( for 40p a glass) and it's served by a lovely lady in period costume who ladles it into little glasses for tourists.
To be honest it tastes little different to tap water - which of course in the UK is perfectly drinkable anyway!