Area Guides

Tunbridge Wells is situated within a designated Area of Outstanding Beauty. The town itself is diverse with the ‘buzz’ of cafes and shoppers around the Royal Victoria Place and the charming historic Pantiles south of the High Street. The town provides a range of activities and attractions that draw many to the area, making it a diverse place to live. The rail links to London attract working professionals and the recreation and schooling attracts numerous families.

The Pantiles:

The historic Pantiles are located south of the high street. This area of Tunbridge Wells is famous for its cobbled streets lined with quaint antique shops and individual shops and boutiques.

The Royal Victoria Place:

Tunbridge Wells offers an unrivalled shopping experience with the Royal Victoria Place offering big high street names.

Food and Drink:

There is a real ‘cafe culture’ in the town as well as a wide choice of restaurants and bars, ranging from traditional country pubs and fine dining restaurants to lively cocktail bars and authentic ethnic cuisine .

Entertainment:

Recreational amenities include local golf, rugby and cricket clubs and Tunbridge Wells indoor Tennis Centre on St Johns Road. On the outskirts of the town there are retail parks including John Lewis and Marks & Spencer’s, together with Knights Park Leisure Centre which includes a ten-pin bowling complex, multi screen cinema and private health club. The town also offers The Assembly Hall Theatre, Trinity Theatre and Forum offering music events, ballet, comedy and much more.

Gardens and Parks:

Within the town Dunorlan Park is a much loved family park with large expanses of grass, trees and shrubbery. This park also offers a boating lake, ponds and cafe with a view. In the centre of the town Calverley Park is a retreat offering three tennis courts, two netball courts, a basketball court and three croquet lawns. The Grove is also a popular play area for families and children near the popular Claremont Primary school east of the High Street. Venturing slightly further afield you can find Scotney Castle, Bedgebury National Pinetum Forest, Groombridge Place Gardens and the famous Sissinghurst Castle Gardens.

Primary Schools

Benenden CEP School 01580 243112 www.benenden-cep.kent.sch.uk

Bidborough CEP School 01892 529333 www.bidborough.kent.sch.uk

Bishops Down CP School 01892 520114 www.bishops-down.kent.sch.uk/

Brenchley & Matfield CEP School 01892 722929 www.brenchley.kent.sch.uk

Broadwater Down CP School 01892 527588 http://kent.schooljotter.com/broadwater/Contact+Us

Claremont Primary School 01892 531395 www.claremont.kent.sch.uk

Lamberhurst St Mary’s CEP School 01892 890281 http://www.lamberhurst.ik.org/

Langton Green CP School 01892 862648 http://www.webjam.com/langtongreenschool

Paddock Wood Primary School 01892 833654 www.paddock-wood.kent.sch.uk

Pembury School 01892 822259 www.pembury.kent.sch.uk

Penshurst CE Primary School High Street 01892 870446 www.penshurst.kent.sch.uk

St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School 01892 529796 www.st-augustines.kent.sch.uk

Saint Barnabas’ CEP School 01892 522958 http://www.st-barnabas.kent.sch.uk/

St James’ CEP Infants School 01892 522301 www.st-james-infant.kent.sch.uk

St James’ CE Junior School 01892 523006 www.st-james-junior.kent.sch.uk

St John’s CEP School 01892 678980 www.st-johns.kent.sch.uk

St Mark’s CEP School 01892 525402 www.st-marks-school.org.uk

St Matthew’s CEP School 01892 528098 www.stmattsprimary.org

St Paul’s CEP   Infants School 01892 520804

St Paul’s CE Junior School 01892 520582

St Peter’s CEP School 01892 525727

Sherwood Park Community School 01892 520562 http://www.sherwood-park.kent.sch.uk/

Southborough CEP School 01892529491 I 01892 529682 www.southborough.kent.sch.uk

Speldhurst CEP School 01892 863044 www.speldhurst.org/school

The Slade Primary School 01732 350 354 www.slade.kent.sch.uk

St Stephens Primary School 01732 354143 www.sussex-road.kent.sch.uk

Long Mead Community Primary School 01732 350601 http://www.long-mead.kent.sch.uk/

St. Margaret Clitherow Catholic Primary School 01732 358000 http://www.stmargaretclitherow.ik.org/

Stocks Green Primary School 01732 832758 www.stocks-green.kent.sch.uk

Hildenborough C of E Primary School 01732 833394 www.hildenborough.kent.sch.uk

Bidborough Primary School 0189 2529333 http://www.bidborough.kent.sch.uk/default.asp?p=56

Preparatory

Beechwood Sacred Heart, Tunbridge Wells 01892 532747 www.beechwood.org.uk

Holmewood House, Tunbridge Wells 01892 860000 www.holmewood.kent.sch.uk

Kent College, Pembury 01892 822006 www.kent-college.co.uk

Rose Hill, Tunbridge Wells 01892-525591 www.rosehillschool.co.uk

Yardley Court, Somerhill 01732 352124 www.schoolsatsomerhill.com

Marlborough House School 01580 754281 www.marlboroughhouseschool.co.uk

Dulwich Preparatory School 01580 712179 www.dcpskent.org

Private Secondary Schools:

Benenden School 01580 240592 www.benenden.kent.sch.uk

Kent College, Pembury 01892 822006 www.kent-college.co.uk

Sevenoaks School 01732 455133 www.sevenoaksschool.org

Tonbridge School 01732 365555 www.tonbridge-school.co.uk

Bethany School, Goudhurst 01580 211273 www.bethanyschool.org.uk

State Secondary

Cranbrook School 01580 711815 www.cranbrookschool.co.uk

Skinners for Boys, Tunbridge Wells 01892 516521 www.skinners-school.co.uk

The Judd School for Boys, Tonbridge 01732 770880 www.judd.kent.sch.uk

Tonbridge Grammar School for Girls 01732 365125 www.tgs.kent.sch.uk

Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Girls 01892 520082 www.twggs.kent.sch.uk

Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys 01892 529551 www.twgsb.org.uk

Weald of Kent Grammar School for Girls 01732 373500 www.wealdofkent.kent.sch.uk

Local Hospitals

Pembury Hospital (NHS) 01892 823535

Nuffield Hospital (Private) 01892 531111 www.nuffieldhealth.com/

Train Station

Approximate journey time from Tunbridge Wells to:

London Bridge is 46 minutes

Tonbridge is 9 minutes

Sevenoaks is 22 minutes

Airports

Approximate distance from Tunbridge Wells to:

Gatwick is 24 miles

Heathrow is 58 miles

Local Authority

Tonbridge Wells Borough Council 01892 526121 www.tunbridgewells.gov.uk

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council 01732 844522 www.tmbc.gov.uk

Wealden District Council 01892 653311 www.wealden.gov.uk