The town of Tunbridge Wells in Kent, England is recognized as a historic spot and landmark at the heart of the High Weald area. It was called “Royal Tunbridge Wells” because Queen Victoria used to frequent the place during her reign.
The town has been welcoming local and foreign tourists for more than 400 years. Today, tourists who want to experience the pub scene at Tunbridge Wells come to see The Barn Pub & Restaurant. It is a quaint and charming family place with lush gardens and excellent restaurant fare, ranging from sandwiches, fish and chips, to other more traditional bar options such as deviled eggs.
Things to do at Tunbridge Wells
Tunbridge Wells is a tourist town with excellent lodging options. You can opt to stay at a spa hotel or a classic four-star hotel that specializes in French food and excellent wine. For more budget-friendly options, there are dozens of bed and breakfasts and inns near the town center.
One of the charming features of Tunbridge Wells is its ancient woods and open heaths. Another is the medieval town of Cranbrook, which used to be the capital of the Weald and was the hub of the region’s cloth production industry. Union Mill is also a charming place to visit because of its sail-topped decor. You can make frequent stops to eat because of the wide variety of shops, restaurants and cafes in the area.
Gardens and Castles
Tunbridge Wells is an area known for its rural settings, as well, but it’s also a place where lush gardens thrive. Its world-famous gardens and castles are some of the village highlights. Among them is Scotney Castle, known for its moat ring. There’s also Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens, which is one of the most visited gardens in the region.
Another must-see place is Groombridge Palace that features an enhanced forest. The story is that this was where famous writer Arthur Conan-Doyle wrote his Sherlock Holmes mystery novels.
If you prefer the alternative walking tours to the fancy tourist attractions, a trip to Tunbridge Wells is a good idea. It can be a relaxing weekend holiday for those who need to disconnect from the modern world.