With only 50-minute train’s ride from London, Tunbridge Wells is a historic town in western Kent. After being named Tunbridge Wells from a natural spa over 400 years ago, the town has now over 36 attractions and different festivals and markets. If you’re planning to spend your holiday in Tunbridge Wells, here are a few activities you might want to try:
Take a Guided Walking Tour to discover the town
One of the best ways to discover a new town is ditching the buses and cabs and start walking. Tunbridge Wells’ Tourist Information Centre in Corn Exchange offers guided walking tours to allow visitors to learn about the spa town’s 400-year history, see original lodging houses in the village area of the town and hear about its famous visitors such as Samuel Pepys and Queen Anne. Try the guided walk tour for £5 from April to the end of September.
Discover and dine at different restaurants
When you’re taking a break from seeing the town or want to experience the town like a local, an array of restaurants can be found in Tunbridge Wells. Whether you want international dishes or traditional English cuisine, there’s bound to be one or two of the town’s 220 restaurants that will satisfy your cravings.
Taste some of the best English wines
Enjoy a relaxing day by tasting some of the best English wines from the different vineyards in Tunbridge Wells. You can book a tour to try grape varieties, know the methods of wine production and buy from cellar door shops. Some of the famous vineyards in town are Hush Heath Estate and Chapel Down.
Explore Penshurst Palace and Gardens
If you’re a fan of BBC’s Wolf Hall, visiting the Penshurst Palace and gardens will make you feel like you’re in the show as it is one of the locations where Wolf Hall was filmed. Built in the 14th century, the palace has become reputed for being one of the oldest family-owned estates in England. Tourists visit the palace and gardens every year to enjoy its landscape, history and architecture.
Tunbridge Wells is a town with a thriving history, culture and architecture. With various activities and places to visit, Tunbridge Wells is a place worth exploring.