About this office
The Hamptons Tunbridge Wells team is extremely experienced, with each member being passionate about property and priding itself on providing solid professional advice alongside excellent customer service, with a willingness to go beyond expectations in order to secure the very best outcome for buyers, vendors, landlords and tenants alike. As well as Tunbridge Wells, the branch covers the outlying villages of Langton Green, Fordcombe, Speldhurst and Penshurst, Bidborough, Southborough, Frant, Wadhurst, Mayfield, Crowborough, Lamberhurst and Bells Yew Green, in addition to the rural areas in between.
Our guide to Tunbridge Wells.
Why move to Tunbridge Wells?
Located on the borders of Kent and Sussex in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Royal Tunbridge Wells is a beautiful spa town which is steeped in history. For many years, the town attracted royalty and the great and the good to take in the ‘restorative’ spring waters, though in more recent years it has become a popular destination for those looking to trade London life for the quiet and space of the country. Handily, living in Tunbridge Wells means still being within about 45 minutes of the city, with fast and direct rail services making it well suited to commuters. In addition to its fabulous collection of Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian period homes, there are a number of modern new build developments, from high specification apartments near the station to generously sized family homes on the outskirts of town, with excellent access to open countryside for weekend walks. The Pantiles is one of Tunbridge Wells most famous areas, which has a charming village atmosphere with a great selection of independent shops and restaurants.
A little bit of history
Tunbridge Wells sits on a belt of Sandstone on the northern edge of the High Weald, with evidence of its geology seen at the Wellington Rocks which jut from the Common just west of the town centre. Around 400 years ago, the natural chalybeate spring below Tunbridge Wells bubbled forth and attracted visitors who came to ‘take the waters’, which were believed to have healing properties. The town received its ‘Royal’ prefix in 1909, to commemorate its popularity as a visiting place for the royal family.
Architecture and property
During the 1680s a building boom resulted in large estates and elegant homes popping up to provide lodgings for those looking to sample the waters. The finest Georgian homes can be found in the Calverley Park area of town, where a collection of fabulous villas designed by Decimus Burton in the 1820s lead onto the pleasure gardens. Smaller, but no less characterful, Georgian townhouses can be found around Mounts Sion and Ephraim, with their attractive sash windows and pillared entrances. Just outside the town centre, terraces of Edwardian and Victorian homes also provide spacious period housing, while the outer suburbs include 1930s houses and more modern developments.
Shopping and amenities
Shopping in Tunbridge Wells is a fantastic blend of independent stores and household name high-street shopping, with the most famous area being The Pantiles, with its colonnaded promenade of tea rooms, hotel, boutiques and pubs which lead out from the Chalybeate Spring in Bath Square. Within the town centre there is outstanding shopping in The Victoria Place Shopping Centre which has essential services such as opticians and pharmacists, as well as clothing stores and gift shops. Superstore shopping includes a Sainsbury’s at Tunbridge Wells West, a Waitrose & Partners on St. John’s Road and a Marks & Spencer Food at North Farm Retail Park, which also has a cinema complex, bowling, gym and further leisure facilities.
Tunbridge Wells restaurants and bars are plentiful and of an excellent variety, including popular national staples such as Bill’s, Cote Brasserie and The Ivy alongside local pubs and eating establishments such as The Warren, The Opera House and the local’s favourite, Juliet’s Café. There are also tea rooms and independent dining rooms at The Pantiles, including The Cake Shed and Sankey’s Seafood Bar.
There are plenty of green spaces within the town itself, including the Common and Mount Ephraim, and the Calverley Grounds where there is croquet, a playground and café. Dunorlan Park has a boating lake and walking paths, while there is ample walking in the beautiful Kent and Sussex countryside. Should you want more space and country views, the High Weald is dotted with many lovely villages, some with mainline stations, making the area well suited for London commuting.
Tunbridge Wells is highly regarded for its educational facilities, in particular its grammar schools for boys and girls, situated along St John’s Road. Tunbridge Wells schools also include secondary and independent establishments such as the Skinners School, plus a number of primary schools including St Augustine’s, St John’s and Broadwater County. In the local area there are also grammar schools in Tonbridge, plus Hilden Grange Prep and Holmewood House.
Tunbridge Wells sits about 36 miles southwest of Central London, within the commuter belt and well served by road and rail links. There are two stations within the town – the central station and High Brooms to the northeast – with fast and direct services to London taking around 45 minutes. To the north of the town, the A21 provides a direct link to the M25 and the wider national motorway for routes to Gatwick and Heathrow airports. The M20 also provides a link to the Channel Tunnel Terminal and ferry terminals.