Tunbridge Wells Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by crazyman2
  • Things to Do
    by crazyman2
  • Things to Do
    by crazyman2

Tunbridge Wells Highlights

  • Pro
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    ChrisnJan says…

     Excellent restaurants and bars. 

  • Con
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     Public transport very inadequate. 

  • In a nutshell
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     A spa with old world charm and sparkle! 

Tunbridge Wells Things to Do

  • Trinity: a local theatre and cinema

    Trinity theatre/cinema is housed in an old church. Many volunteers and lots of money raising made this all possible.The theatre side happens throughout the year (with a bit of a break in August) and it includes serious plays, comedies, dance, musicians, pantomime and children's shows.Performances are sometimes given by international artists such as...

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  • ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS TOURIST...

    Here is a 'thing to do' that you ought to do before you decide what to do. The Tourist Information Centre is umissable on any stroll through the Pantiles, the distinctive single storey black and white building standing out quite clearly. The information centre hasn't been handing out leaflets since 1745 though! The date on the front of the building...

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  • The Opera House

    Once a fine theatre, home to the performing arts in Tunbridge Wells, Ellen Terry being one of the most notable names associated with the place, now it is the home of the cheap pint and microwaved food courtesy of J D Wetherspoon. Opened in 1902 as a grand theatre, by 1931 it had turned into a cinema. In the 70s it became a bingo hall and now it's a...

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  • Tunbridge Wells Museum

    I didn't get the opportunity to visit the museum on this occasion.Open Monday to Saturday 9.30am - 5.00pm, Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm. Closed Bank Holidays and Easter Saturday. Admission is free.

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  • Tunbridge Wells Mela

    The Tunbridge Wells Mela is a multicultural annual event in Calverley Gardens celebrating ethnic diversity within the borough in the form dance, music and food! Bring a picnic and a bottle of wine to share with friends (or buy it there!) and enjoy the afternoon! It's free!We met local (to Tunbridge Wells) VTer ChrisnJan (and their adorable...

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  • AT YOUR CONVENIENCE. DON'T GET CAUGHT...

    Well it might not be a major attraction but when a chap or chapess is 'caught short' there really is nothing more convenient than a local 'Public Convenience'. This ladies and gentleman is a more than acceptable public toilet for the lady or gentleman in need of an emergency stop as they approach the Pantiles. Situated straight opposite the...

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Tunbridge Wells Restaurants

  • Indian cuisine

    With a comprehensive and varied menu, this restaurant is a treat for couples, families and friends.It's about a 15 minutes walk/£4.50 taxi fare from the main station and it's located on the A26 St.John's Road, opposite the local Sainsbury's store. There is a large public car park next to the restaurant.In recent months it has been extended and...

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  • Also highly recommended

    Set on the common just off Mount Ephraim this is a very nice bar/restaurant/hotel. The staff are friendly and efficient and the food is excellent. The menu is a la carte and quite varied although it could be a bit expensive if you are on a budget, but if you are going to break your budget you could do a lot worse than here. The actual bar area is...

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  • WHEREFORE ART THOU? THE HIGH STREET!

    An excellent café/bistro with more than it's fair share of 'yummy mummy' clientele, Juliet's is a recent addition to Tunbridge Wells but seems to be making it big time with the 'ladies who lunch'. The food is as delightfully well-heeled as the people eating it. Basically you pay a set price for one of three options - a meat, fish or vegetarian main...

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  • PLEASANT SANDWICH BAR

    I simply couldn't resist this particular photo opportunity. I like the idea that any sandwich bought within the confines of this eatery is automatically a pleasant one irrespective of whether or not that's actually the case. The name you see refers to it's location 'Mount Pleasant Road' rather than any Egon Ronay or Les Routiers guarantee. I can't...

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  • A (TASTY) CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK

    There is a species of eatery here in the United Kingdom which is known to all and sundry as the 'greasy spoon café. Though it hardly sounds encouraging, it refers to single owner establishments with little in the way of fancy decor, plain functional furniture, tomato sauce on the tables and - if you are lucky - offering a splendid array of fried...

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  • WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE (AND SADLY LOTS...

    I have broken my Golden Rule of multiple tip making for the simple reason that 1) this deserves a culinary paragraph or two as water is apparently now an epicurean delight and 2) I really thought you chaps needed to take a look at the refreshing envigorating nectar on offer. (Note however that this is not a duplicated tip in any way, shape or...

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Tunbridge Wells Nightlife

  • Bar & Brasserie

    A very nice place, the clientele are mainly 30-40 something’s, the staff are friendly and the food is very good. The main bar and the restaurant are on the first floor accessed by a very steep staircase making this a very impractical place for wheelchair users. There is a downstairs bar but it is very rarely open, I have been here on numerous...

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  • A Nice Hotel Bar

    This is actually a hotel but I can't comment on the accommodation as I have never seen the rooms. It also has what looks like an impressive restaurant but as I have never eaten here I do not feel qualified to comment on that either.However, I have popped in for a drink with friends from time to time and it is a very nice and comfortable bar. It has...

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  • Best Place To Watch Sports

    A nice pub with a varied clientele, friendly and cheerful staff and a good atmosphere. This was my favourite place for watching sports, before I was allowed to have Sky Sports indoors, as they have a few plasma screens as well as a big screen projector. That said you don't have to be a sports fan to enjoy a drink here.

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  • Good Choice of Real Ales

    A traditional pub with a friendly atmosphere. The pub is tucked away up a side street, off of the High Street. The small garden exits into a small but attractive piece of parkland with a children’s play area. There is a selection of very good real ales available here. This place gets mixed reviews on various websites, personally I think it's a...

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  • Excellent place for warm summer...

    A nice little pub with good beers and a good atmosphere. It gets very busy in summertime but don't worry about overcrowding as everyone takes their drinks outside.I have spent some very nice evenings here!

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  • Bar! Cafe! Ole!

    Fun and friendly chain bar/restaurant with a slightly exotic feel (for T.Wells anyway!). I had some excellent vegetarian fajitas here, though I do remember sending back some cheesecake once - it was still frozen! Informal but not shabby.

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Tunbridge Wells Transportation

  • Tunbridge Wells Trains

    Trains for Tunbridge Wells are run by South Eastern Trains on the line between London Charing Cross and Hastings, also calling at Waterloo East and London Bridge. Trains leave Charing Cross at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour during the working day (10 minutes past the hour on Sundays). The journey takes just under an hour. I travelled about midday...

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  • Trains to Tunbridge Wells

    Tunbridge Wells is a VERY popular commuter town in the south east. The train station is exceptionally busy during the week day rush hour and best avoided by travelers and tourists at these times! Weekends find it much quieter.The town is only an hour by rail from central London (Charing Cross station) making it an excellent day trip. Hastings and...

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Tunbridge Wells Shopping

  • The Black Dog cafe

    Good food and drink. It's as easy as that! Sit outside to watch the shoppers wandering ---or sit at the window if it is raining.Then you can browse nextdoor in the Bluemoon Gallery.

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  • Paintings, glass, ceramics, jewellery

    Oh, there are times that I could have spent thousands of pounds here!My wife loves the jewellery ---especially the silver work.I really like the glass; the champagne glasses at Christmas are so beautiful...The paintings aren't to our taste but they seem popular.Once you've been in here, you can pop next door to the 'Black Dog' for a coffee and some...

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  • Photographic Shop

    Don't be put off by the indow display, this is a great place to buy photographic equipment, have photos processed, sort out your camera problems...The guys in here are down to Earth, no nonsense people who are not into pressurised selling.I always use this shop.

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Tunbridge Wells Local Customs

  • Taking the Waters

    The Chalybeat Spring was discovered In 1606 by a young nobleman named Dudley Lord North. He was returning on horseback to London having spent a few days on the ale at the Abergavenny Estate at nearby Eridge. He noticed reddish waters seeping from the ground and dismounted to take a drink. Feeling revived after drinking the iron-rich waters, he...

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  • Morris Dancing - fun with sticks!

    I love Morris Dancing! I don't partake myself (being a non-drinker doesn't really go with the foaming tankard image - though I have got the almost compulsory facial hair!) but as a much ridiculed but widely loved English folk custom it takes a lot of beating. As with so many folk traditions it has become very fashionable to sneer superciliously but...

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  • 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...

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Tunbridge Wells Warnings and Dangers

  • The Grim Reaper!

    In Tunbridge Wells, if you drop litter,Why then your soul will surely fritter,Midst the hideous flames of Hell.(It's somewhere south of Camberwell)And should you park on yellow lines,You risk not only parking fines,But greater cost! (there is none steeper),A visit from the local Reaper!!So heed my words,And homeword flee,But first do have a nice...

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  • Taking friends with you....

    When you take a friend with you on a little trip, they may ask you to take photos of something you wouldn't normally take photos of... so when my friend said "Ohhh you have to take a photo of THAT" I explained that it just wasn't appropriate - until she reminded me that I have already got a "Fruiterers Passage" on my London page... so why not a...

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Tunbridge Wells What to Pack

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    BROGUES ARE BEST!

    by themajor Written Jul 29, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Let's not beat about the bush! Brogues are not for rogues - they are the fine footwear of gentlemen! Any women who is happy to be seen with a man clad in trainers has fallen so far, she can fall no further. The brogue is distinctive. It is welcome in art galleries and the finest restaurants. The trainer is welcome on the street...but scarcely off it! That alas, is where the slaves of trainerdom belong, in the accursed 'Valley of the Velcro' , where few have the ability to recognise let alone tie the humble yet proud shoelace.

    If you come to Royal Tunbridge Wells please grace the Pantiles with a fine pair of brogues. Indeed I happily purchase mine from a shoe shop within this fair city - could one wish a better recommendation?!

    So remember the watchword...

    BROGUES ARE NOT FOR ROGUES!

    Apologies if I have offended any ladies by revealing my ankles and lower calf. I do not wish to over-excite you. It shall not happen again. But do note the trouser turn-ups - yet another sign of gentlemanly good breeding!

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Tunbridge Wells Favorites

  • Calverley Park

    Memorial to Air Chief Marshal Lord Dowding - who once lived within the park grounds . Many thanks for this recent information from Silksheen regarding this monument: "The memorial stone is Scottish granite as he was born inMoffat where the first memorial was built in 1972. In October 1988, the QueenMother unveiled a statue to Lord Dowding in front...

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  • The Opera House

    The Opera House must have once been a grand place frequented by well-to-do, patrons of the arts of Tunbridge Wells - but is now a Weatherspoons (chain) pub/restaurant. C'est la vie.88 Mount Pleasant RoadTel: 01892 511770 There's an interesting mix of architectural styles in this town.

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  • Church of King Charles The Martyr

    Lots of little interesting churches in the area are worth investigating further if you have time, which unfortunately I didn't.The King Charles the Martyr website has the following history:"This church began as the first permanent building in Tunbridge Wells. Before 1678 there was no village here, nor name on any map." Lots of interesting historic...

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