What is Tunbridge Wells like?
Tunbridge Wells has an atmosphere like that of the most elegant London ‘villages’, such as Chelsea and Notting Hill, with huge appeal for families, professionals and retirees alike. Firstly, the town has grand parks, laid out a bit like fashionable Regent’s Park. Also, there are a cosmopolitan range of shops and cafes in the historic and highly picturesque Pantiles which give a sophisticated air and an undeniable style. As a result, this is a town for genuinely gracious living. You can find out more at Tunbridge Wells.
Property in Tunbridge Wells
The houses in Tunbridge Wells are predominantly Georgian or Victorian, with much of the town designated as a conservation area. New developments are often designed in a sympathetic style. The cream of the town’s property is to be found in ‘the Parks’, principally Calverley Park, Camden Park, Hungershall Park and Nevill Park. Original Regency villas in Calverley Park, designed by Decimus Burton, fetch a premium.
The cottages and townhouses of the ‘old village’ area around the High Street are popular with commuters who want to live within walking distance of the station.
In addition, the surrounding countryside offers a wide range of properties. For instance cottages, farmhouses, oast and barn conversions, country mansions and estates, and contemporary and eco-houses. The popular villages include Penshurst, Speldhurst, Groombridge, Frant, Matfield and Brenchley.
The local scene
Green spaces are a major feature of the local lifestyle. The Common and Dunorlan Park provide swathes of woods, hills and landscaped grounds that extend right into the town centre.
Much of the area is part of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Also, Ashdown Forestand Bewl Waterreservoir are close by. They offer glorious scenery and a wide range of things to do outdoors, while the coast is easily accessible — Rye, Camberand Eastbourneare popular local destinations. Find out more details about these attractions here.
Where to stay
In Victorian times, large numbers of people came to visit Royal Tunbridge Wells to “take the waters”. At the time the local Chalybeate Spring, naturally tasting of iron, was seen as a cure for anaemia. The town sprang up rapidly in response to this demand. As a result, there are many hotels, not least The Spa Hotel.
The bigger hotels also cater to weddings and other functions. However there are other options, for instance Salomons Estate.
Salomon’s Estate – available as a Wedding Venue
or High Rocks
both of which afford wonderful outdoor spaces for wedding photographs.
South Eastern rail services provide direct access from Tunbridge Wells to Charing Cross (via London Bridge and Waterloo East) and Cannon Street in just under one hour. In addition, commuters can look ten minutes down the line, where the stations at Frant, Wadhurst and Stonegate offer easier parking and less congestion. Furthermore, the Uckfield line provides services to London Victoria.
Junction 5 of the M25 is about 10 miles up the A21, while Gatwick Airport is 22 miles away via the A264.
Schools in Tunbridge Wells
Many families move from London to Kent in order to take advantage of the grammar school system and the excellent independent schools in the area. The leading private schools are Sevenoaks School, Tonbridge School, St Leonard’s School in Mayfield and Eastbourne College. In addition, there are the sought-after grammar schools which include Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School and The Skinners’ School. Also, Judd School and Tonbridge Girls Grammar School are nearby.