Royal Tunbridge Wells

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Tunbridge Wells received its 'Royal' status in 1909, care of Edward VII, but its springs and their restorative powers had been known about since the 17th Century, and it was Queen Victoria who really made this spa town popular. The pretty old town is where you need to head if you want to 'take the waters', and it's conveniently located for some excellent pubs and restaurants as well as some of the best places to stay in Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Royal Tunbridge Wells also has a lively shopping street, several small museums and gardens, and an old steam railway linking it to Eridge.

There's also some spectacular walking to be done through acres of peaceful woods and by some impressive sandstone outcrops. You're also near the medieval manor house and gardens of Penshurst Place and the Hop Farm Country Park.

The town is popular with weekenders escaping London, as well as tourists, so if you're wanting to book one of the best places to stay in Royal Tunbridge Wells it's best to think ahead and book early.

Best Places to Stay in Royal Tunbridge Wells

For a quirky B&B

  • The Victorian B&B offers a wonderful opportunity to experience Victorian era living. There are just three rooms in this B&B run by Victorian devotee and former royal butler, Harold Brown, a man who also helped coach Anthony Hopkins for his role in Remains of the Day, and helped Julian Fellows with Gosford Park. The superb array of art, photographs and original antiques rival those in the V&As collection, and there's the chance for a real Victorian afternoon tea.

For parkside location

  • Hotel Du Vin & Bistro Tunbridge Wells has been neatly fitted into a beautiful, Grade II Listed sandstone mansion overlooking a park. There are just 34 rooms with all the Hotel du Vin touches that you's expect - rain showers, deep baths and good food and wine, but here there's also a vineyard, and you can play boules on the grounds.

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  • The Victorian B&B

    Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent

    Former royal butler and Aussie Harold Brown’s devotion to Victoriana and service below stairs make this captivating Victoriana themed B&B in the centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells. An experience, with great stories from Harold included.

    3 rooms from $103
    Quirky  -  An experience!
  • Hotel Du Vin & Bistro Tunbridge Wells

    Tunbridge Wells, Kent

    Beautiful sandstone mansion overlooking Calverley Park. Stylish contemporary bedrooms and suites typical of the Du Vin brand.

    34 rooms from $127
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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