Tunbridge Wells is a town I know well, having lived near it for many years. A picturesque town, it is actually strictly Royal Tunbridge Wells as it was frequented by Queen Victoria.
Shopping: Tunbridge Wells is great for shopping, sporting the Royal Victoria Place with a variety of shops including M and S, Bhs, Fenwicks, WHS, Topshop, Boots, New Look, amongst others, whereas there are plenty of smaller boutiques nearer the station on the High Street.
Nightlife: There are many good pubs in T Wells, including a very nice Spoons which isa converted opera house, right in the centre of town. There is a also a good music venue, the Forum, on the common, where the best up and coming bands come to play. Finally there is Beluga, the club or bar open Wednesday-Saturday or alternatively, El Mono which is slightly cheaper!
Day activities: There are plenty of things to see, such as the Pantiles, or a stroll on the common is always pleasant. There are also frequent trains to London, should you want to stray away for a day or two.
Restaurants: A wide variety, including Strada, Pizza Express, Zizzis, Wagamamas and Carluccios.
Tunbridge Wells is where I was raised and i couldn't love it any more. It is a great place to grow up and a great place to visit the same. It is called Royal Tunbridge Wells because queen Victoria used to go their to take the water at the Panitiles.
There is so much to do in Tunbridge Wells for everyone. If you just fancy taking a strole then there is a beautiful park that you can enter for free and wonder around the beautiful gardens as well. There are so many great little boutique style shops at the bottom of town in the Pantiles area. There are also more main stream shops up at the top of town.
If you are looking for some lovely old pubs then Tubridge Wells is the place to come to. There are some brilliant pubs with some great bands playing in them at the weekend. Probably the best is the Beau and Nash. It's a lovely place to go to listen to some really great tunes.
There really is something for everyone in Tunbridge wells whether you are looking for a stroll or to go to the cinema or to see some brilliant shops and museums.
Tunbridge Wells- A Nice Town to visit
The official name is Royal Tunbridge Wells and it is in the West part of the county of Kent.
You will find Tunbridge Wells along the northern part of the High Weald and it borders on to ,West Sussex and East Sussex .Tunbridge Wells is graced with woodlands and parkland. The larger area of woodland is the Tunbridge Wells and Rusthall Common that is 250 acres in size and it has wood and heathland and is situated near the town centre. This area is very popular with people and in the summer there are many who go there to picnic.
Near by is the cricket ground which you will find near
Calvery Grounds which is a historic park where there you find a bandstand and ornamental gardens. This park was part of the Mount Pleasant Estate where there was a house there which in 1837 was then converted into a hotel- in 1920 the borough council bought it for the town. The bandstand dates back to 1924.
Dunorlan Park which is the largest green area which is maintained.This was once a private garden and it was part of Henry Reed's estate then in 1941 it was passed on to the town for all to have pleasure from. The garden was created by Robert Marnock who was a very well known Victorian gardener but it was rather over grown by the time it was handed to the town for the residents of Tunbridge Wells to have pleasure using the park for leisure pursuits.
The oldest public park is the Grosvener recreation ground and it is ajoined by the Hilbert recreation ground and parts of this as been designated as a local nature reserve by Kent High Weald Project.
In the Georgian period the town was a tourist resort and spa because the chalybeate spring down at the Pantiles and this became very well known.It encouraged visitors to go to Tunbridge Wells and to try out the waters. After a while it got less attractive as there started to be other attractions such as trips to the sea and bathing. Even so the town still remained popular and has 3% income from the tourist industry.
In 1889 Tunbridge Wells was awarded the stus of a Borough and so it started the 20th century very wealthy. The Opera House was opened in the year 1902 and it was given the 'Royal' to be put in front of Tunbridge Wells in 1909.This was given because of the good location in the south eastern part of England during World War 1. It was headquarters for the army and the soldiers used the hospitals there as well when they had been sent back. Amazingly there were 3,800 buildings that actually were damaged but only 15 people died which was remarkable.
The population of Tunbridge Wells is about 56,500 and it was reported in the 2005/6 statistics that crime was fewer there than the National Average in particular crimes of violence were even lower than the rest of Great Britain.
I have to say when I visit Tunbridge Wells now I really like going down to the Pantiles as there are many different small shops and also open air cafes,restaurants and bars that suit all tastes. Then of course at the northern part of the Pantiles there is the Spring which still flows and the reputedly health-given water now is served during the summer months by a traditional 'Dipper'. There are also many music bands that play there over the summer period entertain the visitors who go there.
It also boast a fine shopping centre which is called The Royal Victoria Place and there was 50,000 people employed there in the year 2002. The shopping centre is in the centre of Tunbridge Wells and it was opened officially by Diana, Princess of Wales in the year of 1992.
Tunbridge Wells does enjoy low employment and in August 2008 the rate of unemployment was around 1.0% compared to the UK national rate of about 5.4%.
It has it s own football team Tunbridge Wells F.C. and takes part in the Kent League Premier Division at the Culverden Stadium and the history of the club goes back to 1886.
At the Nevill Ground cricket is played and it plays host to international cricket .
It is also very easy to get to by car and the bus services provides a service which allows people from rural areas to use to get into Tunbridge Wells if thay do not drive.
In 2006 Tunbridge Wells was said to be the third best place to live in all of the United Kingdom as it has good schools,low crime,low unemployment, very good environment and a very good lifestyle one could have if they live in Tunbridge Wells
As the title suggests I was born in Tunbridge Wells and it still naturally has a place in my heart. That is not to say, however, that I am not blind to its faults... I am not setting out to disparage the other opinions that exist in this section. Tunbridge Wells is a historic spa town set in some truly amazing countryside. But there one or two things that the average visitor needs to know before visiting. 1) Traffic. I used to live 2 miles outside the town centre in a village called High Brooms and it used to take 45 minutes to drive into the town centre on a saturday. The town has got a truly ludicrous one-way system and can be gridlocked at any time of the year. The car parking is there, but you might well have to wait to get a space. 2) Public transport can be expensive. Where I live now in Lincolnshire, it costs 2.50 to travel a 20 mile round trip- in Tunbridge Wells the equivalent fare would give you about an 8 mile return trip! 3) Attitudes have changed a lot in the town. this is purely subjective I know, but I feel the whole community spirit has died as a result of the materialistic eras of late- as has happened in a lot of towns in the south. 4) Administration- The council once decided to let market forces rule - they charged more to use the swimming pool on hot days than on cooler days- this is a town where if they put a blue rosette on the mayor's corgi it would be elected. 5) Visit the bottom end of town- the Pantiles are relatively unspoilt, as is Mount Sion and Chapel Place- but the top of the town is a traditional shopping centre and is packed to the gunwails on most days. PS Give my regards to the town when you visit!
Tunbridge Wells is a pleasant medium sized town on the border of Kent and Sussex. It has a reputation for being the home of rather snooty people and being rather refined. In my experience it no more of the former than any other town nor could most of it be called over refined. The best thing about Tunbridge Wells is its location – midway between London and the coast. Both are less than an hour’s train ride away (traffic being what it is it will take longer by road). It is also set in the High Weald of Kent so there is beautiful countryside right up to the town boundaries. There are also a dozen or more stately homes and gardens within easy reach. For the more energetic High and Harrison Rocks in the vicinity offer rock climbing while Bewel Water offers water sports. Within the town there are also parks from the formal to the Common. Shopping is good with The Royal Victoria Place (indoor shopping centre) providing most of the high street names right in the centre of town. There is also a good range of specialist shops both in RVP and the surrounding streets selling everything from Latin American textiles to specialist cycling goods. The centre is long leading down via the High Street (furniture shops and antiques abound here) to The Pantiles which is the main historic bit of the town. This is Georgian and contains some nice buildings, some expensive shops and The Story of the Wells – display where you walk around with a tape commentary. Oh and you can try the water that gave the town its name but I don’t recommend it. There is a Wednesday market but it is nothing to shout about. The monthly Farmers Market, every second Saturday morning, is much better. All the Large stores eg like Comet or Do It All are found on North Farm estate on the edge of the town where there is also a multiplex cinema, ten pin bowling etc. I can’t say anything about the nightlife as that is not my scene but there is a wide range of restaurants
of all types and prices.