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.
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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.