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Pantiles

This pretty colonnaded walkway is lined with diverse shops, excellent galleries and charming cafés.

The heart of Royal Tunbridge Wells, the Pantiles is an elegant pedestrianized promenade lined with 17th-century buildings. Wander down its wide lanes, browse upscale shops and sample the Pantiles’ mineral-rich water from Chalybeate Spring.

The Pantiles was established in the 17th century as an elite area for upper-class visitors to shop, socialize and enjoy the healing waters of the nearby Chalybeate Spring. The area is said to take its unusual name from the Dutch “pan tiles” that once paved the promenade. The Pantiles’ original wood buildings were destroyed in 1687 by a fire and were rebuilt as the distinct white Georgian colonnades that define the neighborhood today. Take a look inside the boutiques that line the promenade and sell everything from antiques to home furnishings. Most of these stores are independently owned.

In the summer, it’s still possible to sample the Chalybeate Spring waters that first attracted aristocrats to the area more than 300 years ago. The spring water was said to cure ailments ranging from infertility to hangovers. Look for “dippers” dressed in old-fashioned costumes who will bring you a glass of spring water for a small fee.

Stop for a drink at one of the European-style cafés found along the promenade. Eat a meal at a pub or pick up fresh produce at the farmers’ market. Held on the first and third Saturdays of each month, the market’s stalls also sell a variety of local clothing, crafts and accessories.

Check out any performances that may be taking place on the area’s bandstand. The Pantiles hosts numerous events throughout the year, which range from open-air art exhibitions to fashion markets. Visit during May and your arrival might coincide with the annual Pantiles Food Festival, which is held over three days. This animated event attracts more than 10,000 people and features food from across the U.K.

The Pantiles is just a short walk from Tunbridge Wells station. If you choose to drive, you’ll find several parking lots around town, as well as street parking.


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Lodging Near Pantiles

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One Warwick Park Hotel $107
One Warwick Park Hotel

One Warwick Park Hotel

1 Warwick Park, Royal Tunbridge Wells
     
    4.7
    of 5, from 46 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Situated in Royal Tunbridge Wells, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Pantiles, Assembly Hall Theater, and Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery. Trinity Theatre and Tunbridge Wells Golf Club are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    The Tunbridge Wells Hotel $119
    The Tunbridge Wells Hotel

    The Tunbridge Wells Hotel

    58 The Pantiles, Royal Tunbridge Wells
       
      4.2
      of 5, from 32 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

      Situated in Royal Tunbridge Wells, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Pantiles, Trinity Theatre, and Assembly Hall Theater. Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery and Tunbridge Wells Golf Club are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      Smith & Western Tunbridge Wells $106
      Smith & Western Tunbridge Wells

      Smith & Western Tunbridge Wells

      Linden Park Rd, Royal Tunbridge Wells
         
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in Royal Tunbridge Wells, this hotel is close to Pantiles, Trinity Theatre, and Assembly Hall Theater. Also nearby are Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery and Tunbridge Wells Golf Club.

        The Garden Flat $97
        The Garden Flat

        The Garden Flat

        7 Mount Sion, Royal Tunbridge Wells
           
          4.6
          of 5, from 41 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in Royal Tunbridge Wells, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Pantiles, Assembly Hall Theater, and Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery. Trinity Theatre and Tunbridge Wells Golf Club are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Tunbridge Wells Retreat $56
          Tunbridge Wells Retreat

          Tunbridge Wells Retreat

          54-57 London Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells
             
            3.4
            of 5, from 100 reviews
            3.5 out of 5.0

            Situated in Royal Tunbridge Wells, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery, and Assembly Hall Theater. Pantiles and Tunbridge Wells Golf Club are also within 15 minutes.

            The Spa Hotel $96
            The Spa Hotel

            The Spa Hotel

            Mount Ephraim, Royal Tunbridge Wells
               
              4.3
              of 5, from 169 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Royal Tunbridge Wells, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tunbridge Wells Golf Club and Pantiles. Trinity Theatre and Assembly Hall Theater are also within 1 mi (2 km).

              The Mount Edgcumbe $122
              The Mount Edgcumbe

              The Mount Edgcumbe

              The Common, Royal Tunbridge Wells
                 
                5.0
                of 5, from 6 reviews
                5.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in Royal Tunbridge Wells, this luxury bed & breakfast is close to Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery, and Pantiles. Also nearby are Assembly Hall Theater and Tunbridge Wells Golf Club.

                Royal Wells Hotel $96
                Royal Wells Hotel

                Royal Wells Hotel

                59 Mount Ephraim, Royal Tunbridge Wells
                   
                  4.1
                  of 5, from 247 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Royal Tunbridge Wells, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery, and Assembly Hall Theater. Pantiles and Tunbridge Wells Golf Club are also within 1 mi (2 km).