Royal Tunbridge Wells owes its existence to the discovery of the Chalybeate Spring in 1606 by Dudley, Lord North. The town’s historic past is reflected very much in its architecture – from elegant Regency villas to large Victorian homes, many designed by Decimus Burton, to pretty clapboard cottages, all surrounded by lots of green space, including the unique 200 acre Common, located in the town centre.
Royal Tunbridge Wells shopping offers a unique experience – the combination of specialist shops with big High Street names in a charming and historic setting make the town a popular destination. When it comes to dining our in Tunbridge Wells, food lovers prepare to be seriously spoilt for choice – Chinese, Japanese, Italian, French, English, Nepalese and Himalayan are just some of the restaurants on offer. If education is top of your list of priorities when considering a place to live, Royal Tunbridge Wells offers an excellent selection of both state and independent schools catering for a wide range of age groups with impressive results to back up their considerable reputations. Royal Tunbridge Wells is surrounded by beautiful Wealden countryside, yet is just a short train journey from London’s Charing Cross and easily accessible by car to the coast and main road routes in the south-east. As the only Spa town in the south-east of England, Royal Tunbridge Wells is proud of its Georgian heritage with visitors still able to taste the Spring water today just as Queen Anne, Queen Victoria, Samuel Pepys, to name just a few, did more than 400 years ago.