Location guides: what to do in and around Tunbridge Wells

Location guides: what to do in and around Tunbridge Wells

The historic town of Tunbridge Wells in Kent is a charming place to spend a weekend, with its attractive architecture and accessibility to London (just a 50-minute train ride from the capital). It should come as little surprise that royalty used to holiday here and it’s still a popular place to visit.

So, as local residents (Champneys City Spa), we’ve collated interesting tips and advice on the different things you can do in this quaint Kent town in the heart of the Garden of England.

Head to our spa

We like to think that the Champneys City spa in Tunbridge Wells will be at the top of your list, especially if you’re looking to unwind on a well-deserved weekend break.

Located on Tunbridge Wells’ bustling high-street, our city spa offers a range of spa treatments that will relax your mind, body and soul. Choose from a variety of massages, manicures, facials, beauty and body treatments, lasting from as little as 25-minutes up to two uninterrupted hours.

Download the Champneys City Spa app for the best offers and pencil in a pampering treatment with one of our therapists.

Enjoy a flying display at Sky Birds of Prey

Enjoy a flying display at Sky Birds of Prey

If you’re heading to the town with the family and young children and are wondering what to do in Tunbridge Wells, then you should certainly look to head to the Sky Birds of Prey.

With over 20 years of Falconry experience, the centre is home to an array of birds and many of these are native to the UK.

The different flying displays give you an insight into the habits and characteristics of these Birds of Prey and look at the different flying techniques that are adopted by the different species of bird, whether it is a hawk, falcon or owl. The audience participation is encouraged, so prepare for an unforgettable day of family fun.

Sky Birds of Prey also offer a hawk walk, which sees you hike with the hawks through the sweeping Kent countryside.

Watch a show or film at Trinity Theatre

Watch a show or film at Trinity Theatre

This vibrant arts venue in the centre of Tunbridge Wells welcomes 90,000 people a year through its doors and is situated inside the historic Holy Trinity Church, it is a unique experience for visitors.

There are lots of different events taking place at Trinity Theatre throughout the year and whenever you head to Tunbridge Wells you are sure to find something to interest you.

There are lots of theatrical performances with the likes of King Lear and An Enemy of the People being shown this year, an audience with the likes of the BBC’s MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace as well as comedy shows and Hollywood blockbusters like Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and Ocean’s 8 being shown in the cinema.

The theatre is in the centre of the town, easily accessible from Champneys City Spa if you want to get ready with a pre-show manicure or make up lesson.

Take in the views of the Spa Valley Railway

Take in the views of the Spa Valley Railway

Spa Valley Railway has a slogan that reads “a destination at every station”. Taking a ride on the mainland trains allows you to journey through the wonderful High Weald Countryside and experience all the attractions the area has to offer.

Here are some of the places you should stop at:

•Tunbridge Wells West – This is where you can start your journey. Located on the western edge of the charming town you can explore the centre from the railway station.

•Eridge – A gateway to delightful walks through woods towards Harrison's Rocks, Forge Farm and Groombridge.

•Groombridge – From this station, you can enjoy Groombridge Place & Enchanted Forest and enjoy good food at The Junction Inn or The Crown Inn.

•High Rocks – The smallest, but most picturesque station. It was built from scratch and opened in 1998 following the closure of the original halt in the 50s. This station gives you access to the stunning High Rocks, which date back millions of years with the acres of breathtaking sandstone rocks being linked with eleven bridges, and a delightful inn.

Try a winter Olympic sport at Fenton’s Rink

Try a winter Olympic sport at Fenton’s Rink

Fenton’s Rink is a place where you can try the iconic winter sport of curling.

Just outside of Tunbridge Wells, the rink allows you to try your hand at this exciting sport and beginners can quickly go on the ice and learn the art of the sport.

The attraction is popular for both birthday and Christmas parties, but it also is a great place for you to visit during your time in Tunbridge Wells as it’s a fun and challenging.

It’s a game played on ice (without skates) between teams of four. It’s sometimes called “bowls on ice” - but there’s a lot more to it than that!

If you are inspired and would like to visit Tunbridge Wells on holiday, why not book a relaxing spa break at the same time.

Image Credit: Clive G' (flickr.com)

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