Local area guide

Living in Tunbridge Wells

Just 45 minutes out of London in leafy Kent is the Royal Borough of Tunbridge Wells.

Brimming with great restaurants, fantastic grammar schools and lovely shops and boutiques, it's the perfect place for those who want the best of both worlds: easy access to the city and countryside right on your doorstep.

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Why Tunbridge Wells is a good place to live

Tunbridge Wells is a beautiful place. Surrounded by the Kent Countryside, this attractive, traditional town has loads of lovely places to eat, shop and explore - and also boasts a collection of excellent grammar schools.

Less than an hour out of London, it's a popular area with families and commuters - with house prices to match.

Shopping here is a treat. The high street has some lovely independent boutiques and high street faves. Expect to find The White Company, Whistles, Mint Velvet and Anthropologie, alongside independent clothing and jewellery stores, with plenty of lovely cafes to stop for coffee and cake.

There are literally dozens of fab restaurants and cafes to choose from in Tunbridge Wells.

Head to the Finch House Cafe & Bakery, Basil, The Bake House, Weathered and Worn or 65mm coffee to soak up the cafe culture.

Or, for a special night out, foodies will love Vittle and Swig, Thackeray's and The Beacon. For the best sushi in town, it has to be Kitsu - and The Warren is where it's at for a buzzy night out.

There are plenty of beautiful attractions to visit nearby for the whole family to enjoy. A weekend visit to Penshurst Place is a must, while Groombridge offers adventurous fun in a witchy woods. Emmett's Garden, Hever Castle and Churchill's former home, Chartwell, are all a short drive away.

What's Tunbridge Wells famous for?

Royal Tunbridge Wells grew up as a spa town after a medicinal spring (containing mild chalybeate waters) was discovered at the site in 1606.

Today, that area has become The Pantiles and the town has since become legendary for its fairy tale gardens, moated castles and mellow country manors.

Things to do in Tonbridge Wells

Be sure to visit the moat-ringed Scotney Castle and enchanting Sissinghurst Castle Gardens at any time of year.

Explore the stunning bloom-filled walled gardens (and handy adventure playground) at Penshurst Place, with its stunning manor house and nearby woods.

Kids will love the enchanting forest with giant swings at Groombridge Place, where Conan Doyle created mysteries for Sherlock Holmes and Keira Knightley starred in Pride and Prejudice.

Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest is brilliant for biking along tracks or taking a more gentle stroll. It has one of the world’s best collection of conifers - and there's a Go-Ape for adventurers.,

Nearby Bewl Water - a huge reservoir surrounded by woodland, offers fishing, water sports and biking and walking tracks along the waterfront.

Or, for a more relaxing afternoon, hop on board the Spa Valley Railway and sit back and enjoy the beautiful countryside with a cream tea. A super stylish way to explore the various attractions along the way.

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Local pubs in Tunbridge Wells

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  • Black Pig

    Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1

    Situated in the bustling town of Tunbridge Wells, The Black Pig has recently re-opened its doors under new ownership. They have since given the bar and restaurant area a full makeover – creating a fresh and modern, yet relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

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    Culverden, Royal Tunbridge Wells, TN4

Transport in Tunbridge Wells


Direct train services run from Tunbridge Wells to London Charing Cross, London Bridge, and London Cannon Street with a journey time of around 50 minutes.

Regular services also run to Hastings in around 45 minutes.


Tunbridge Wells is served by several bus routes operated by Arriva and other operators providing services to nearby towns and villages.

Information about timetables, tickets and service updates on the Arriva website.

The Royal Tunbridge Wells Shopper Hopper, or the 281 bus, provides a frequent service between the main shopping centres, the railway station, and the historic parts of Tunbridge Wells.


Tunbridge Wells is located on the A26, which connects the town to Maidstone and Brighton. The A21 is also nearby, providing access to London (1 hour and 30 minutes) and Hastings. The A21 also links in to the M25, providing access to the rest of London, Surrey, Watford and Chelmsford.


The nearest airport to Tunbridge Wells is London Gatwick, which is 55 minutes away by car or 90 minutes by public transport. Heathrow is just over an hour away by car or 90 minutes on public transport.

Transport connections

Tunbridge Wells
National Rail
0.1 miles / 0.2 km
High Brooms
National Rail
1.3 miles / 2.1 km
National Rail
2.4 miles / 3.9 km
National Rail
4 miles / 6.4 km
National Rail
4.1 miles / 6.6 km
National Rail
4.6 miles / 7.4 km

Schools in Tunbridge Wells

Tunbridge Wells boasts some excellent grammars and has a range of Good and Outstanding schools for all ages.

For primary aged children, St James' Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School , St Peter's Church of England Primary School and Speldhurst Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School are among those rated Outstanding by Ofsted.

For secondary aged pupils, Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar School and Bennett Memorial Diocesan School are among those rated Outstanding, while Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys and The Skinners' School are both highly regarded and rated Good.

In neighbouring Tonbridge, mixed grammar schools The Judd School and Tonbridge Grammar School are both rated Outstanding.

Schools in Tunbridge Wells

The Wells Free School
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2019)
Claremont Primary School
Ages: 5 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2023)
St Peter's Church of England Primary School
Ages: 5 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Outstanding (2014)
St James' Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Outstanding (2008)
St Barnabas CofE VA Primary School
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2018)
The Mead School
Ages: 3 - 11 years old