Royal Tunbridge Wells is a much sought-after town, consistently named as one of the best and happiest places to live in the UK. Spend any time in this beautiful gem in West Kent and you will soon see how it has earned its reputation. It is equally popular with families of all ages as well as commuting professionals due to its proximity to London, access to major towns in the South East as well as being in easy reach of the countryside and coast.
History abounds here. Tunbridge Wells earned its ‘Royal’ status when it became a favoured retreat for members of the royal family. Visitors had long been taking the waters of Chalybeate Spring and when the waters became associated with improving health, so the visitors flocked. At the end of the 17th century, The Pantiles was established, a tree-lined walk with carefully positioned shops for leisurely promenades – most fashionable at the time. The town enjoyed a renaissance during Queen Victoria’s reign and has remained a popular destination to visit, live and work.
Tunbridge Wells is steeped in history. The Pantiles remain a favoured gathering place and many of the buildings around the town have stood for centuries. There is even an oak tree on Tunbridge Wells common, planted around 1700, to commemorate the frequent visits of the then Princess Anne before she became queen.