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England, Kent, Tunbridge Wells, The Pantiles / Shopping Street
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Royal Tunbridge Wells : Michelin's recommendations


Tunbridge Wells offers a graceful combination of Georgian and Victorian buildings amid parks, vistas and a vast semi-wild common. The town's prosperity is due to the accidental discovery of its mineral springs in 1606 by Lord North. It soon became very fashionable and new buildings were erected everywhere. Queen Anne provided the tiled paving after which "The Pantiles" are named. Queen Victoria came here on holiday.

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Tourist attractions Royal Tunbridge Wells : Things to see and do

  • Calverley Park Interesting

    Calverley GB - Royal Tunbridge Wells TN1 2SH

    This is not really a park, but a neo-classical new town built by Decimus Burton. Inspired by Bath , it is homogeneous but not uniform, exuberant in size but simple in style; go to Calverley Park Crescent to enjoy the view.

  • The Pantiles Interesting

    The Pantiles GB - Royal Tunbridge Wells TN1

    The arcades of these houses make for a picturesque walk. The Bath Pavilion (1804) has a ferruginous source. The Corn Exchange (1802), which was formerly a theatre, has doric columns and on its roof, Ceres, goddess of the harvest. The music gallery is..

  • Church of King Charles the Martyr

    The Pantiles GB - Royal Tunbridge Wells TN1

    At the end of the Pantiles, this is a lesson in modesty and adaptation. Built in 1678, the church was changed into a square shape in 1696, with the interior remodelled by Henry Doogood, Wren's plasterer.

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Hotels Royal Tunbridge Wells

  • The Royal Wells Hotel

    59, Mount Ephraim GB - Royal Tunbridge Wells TN4 8BE

    Overlooking Tunbridge Wells Common, The Royal Wells Hotel is a traditional hotel within walking distance of the town centre. It offers 2 restaurants, 3 bars and free parking. The Royal Wells owes its name to Queen Victoria who frequently stayed at t..

  • Hotel Du Vin & Bistro Tunbridge Wells

    Crescent Road GB - Royal Tunbridge Wells TN1 2LY

    A Grade II Listed mansion built in 1762, Hotel du Vin Tunbridge Wells has a fine restaurant and stylish rooms. Tunbridge Wells Rail Station is a 3-minute drive away. The bedrooms at Hotel du Vin & Bistro Tunbridge Wells feature antiques, tea/coffee ..

  • Camden Arms Hotel

    1 High Street, Pembury GB - Royal Tunbridge Wells TN2 4PH

    Located in the quaint village of Pembury, Camden Arms Hotel is just 3 miles from Royal Tunbridge Wells and surrounded by the picturesque Kent Countryside. This historic coaching inn offers free WiFi, free parking, luxury accommodation and gastro-styl..

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Restaurants Royal Tunbridge Wells

  • Kentish Hare Traditional pubs serving food 

    95 Bidborough Ridge GB - TN3 0XB Bidborough

    Saved from development by local residents Lord and Lady Mills of Olympic Committee fame and run by the Tanner brothers, this smart pub features a hare theme, quirky wallpaper and an open kitchen. Tasty steaks from the Kamado grill.

  • George & Dragon Traditional pubs serving food 

    Speldhurst Hill GB - TN3 0NN Speldhurst

    Hugely characterful Wealden Hall house dating back to 1212 and boasting an impressive beamed ceiling and an unusual Queen's post. Generous cooking uses local, organic produce, offering pub classics alongside more elaborate dishes.

  • Eating House Restaurant within a Michelin recommended hotel (or restaurant) 

    58 The Pantiles GB - TN2 5TD Royal Tunbridge Wells

  • Bistro Restaurant within a Michelin recommended hotel (or restaurant) 

    Crescent Rd GB - TN1 2LY Royal Tunbridge Wells

  • Black Pig Traditional pubs serving food 

    18 Grove Hill Road GB - TN1 1RZ Royal Tunbridge Wells

    The black façade may feel quite austere but inside it's quite the opposite, courtesy of a friendly team, a laid-back vibe and rustic shabby-chic styling. Dishes are gutsy and full-flavoured and there's even a 'PIG Heaven' section.

  • Thackeray's Very comfortable restaurant  A very good restaurant in its category

    85 London Rd GB - TN1 1EA Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Grade II listed clapperboard house; the oldest in town and once home to the eponymous author. It has two stylish dining rooms and a delightful terrace; original features include lovely oak flooring. Exacting, skilful cooking has clear, well-defined f..

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