Published: Monday 2nd Mar 2015
Written by: Julia Latham
Tunbridge Wells is a welcoming spa town, great for those searching for a bit of history, green spaces, a diverse range of fabulous food and lots of lovely shopping! You can find the first two reasons for coming to Tunbridge Wells in The Pantiles; shopping and food. A stroll along the colonnade will take take you past many eating places, with coffee and cakes spilling out onto the pavement. You can even treat yourself to oysters and champagne at Sankey's Old Fishmarket or pop into the newly refurbished gastro pub the Duke of York. If The Pantiles is the old part of town, then shopping with a different vibe can be found at the top end of town, in the Camden Road, with its independent and quirky shops which is great for browsing.
Green spaces is reason number three, with a 200 acre Common, Calverley Park with its ornamental gardens, The Grove with a great children's play area and Grosenor and Hilbert Park with a lake and parkland. There is also Dunorlan Park which has its own boating lake with canoes and pedalos - great fun for both children and adults.
If you love the theatre, then this is reason number four! There are two excellent theatres in town, the art deco Assembly Hall Theatre which offers a great range of live music, comedians and musicals throughout the year. There is also Trinity Theatre which combines with an art gallery and a cafe, making this a one-stop destination.
The Spa Valley Railway is number five on the list and is situated at the old West Station, just outside of town. This has become a heritage railway line using the old engine shed as its base. You can ride the five mile stretch, stopping at High Rocks, Groombridge and Eridge. If you hop off at Groombridge you can visit Groombridge Place with its stunning gardens and enchanted forest with its famous woodland rope swings.
Treat yourself to a break in this elegant spa town - if there are two of you then Little Gem is right in the heart of Tunbridge Wells and would be perfect or if a larger property is a required, then take a look at Stable Mews.