Tunbridge Wells

The handsome, historic spa town of Tunbridge Wells is a 20 minute drive along the A21 from Bedgebury Camping.

Tunbridge Wells first found prominence in 1606 when a fresh water spring was discovered by Dudley, Lord North. The town established itself as a rival to Bath with royalty and eminent figures in society coming to taste the so called health-giving waters. Tunbridge Wells remains the only spa town in the South East of England.

The 400 year history of the town is very much in evidence in the architecture which ranges from Regency to Victorian with some Kentish weather-boarded properties thrown in for good measure. Nicknamed 'The Jewel in the Town' the 'Pantiles' area of Tunbridge Wells is famous for its Georgian elegance and striking white columned walkway. It is home to a number of sophisticated fashion boutiques, antiques and fine art establishments, exquisite jewellers as well as places to eat and drink.

Further up the hill at the Victoria Centre, shoppers will find the latest high street trends and cool brand names to suit all tastes and budgets. A number of cafés and eateries within the centre are an ideal for grabbing a spot of lunch or a coffee without having to venture too far.


Finding somewhere to go for a more formal meal should not be a problem in Tunbridge Wells even for those with more exotic tastes. Restaurants on offer include Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Mexican, Italian, French, English, Nepalese and Himalayan. For those who just want to enjoy a drink, there are numerous bars and pubs within the town.

Tunbridge Wells also acts as a cultural centre for the area and is home to the Assembly Halls Theatre which boasts an impressive programme including household names in comedy, music and dance as well as visiting international acts and performers. A multi-screen cinema complex on the outskirts of the town provides the latest films for all ages.

Surrounded by the beautiful Wealden countryside and pretty villages, Tunbridge Wells is a fabulous location for a short break or a day trip. If you decide to visit and would like to be based near Tunbridge Wells, why not consider staying at Bedgebury Camping, which is situated on the edge of Goudhurst, 10 miles away.