Dennise Robinson
Dennise Robinson - Author of Tunbridge Wells Life.

Living In Tunbridge Wells

Living In Tunbridge Wells

Top Places To Live In Kent Tunbridge Wells

We love exploring all the beautiful places in and outside of England, which is why we’ve compiled our list of amazing places to live for you to check out. In partnership with Rightmove, we bring you a list of this year's top 200 places in England for you to call home. Our list includes all kinds of gorgeous place from lush green villages, vibrant towns and quiet hamlets with cracking views of the countryside. Royal is of course the prefix attached to just one of the area’s three striking Georgian market towns – the others being the historic town of Tonbridge and the seaside resort town of Royal Tunbridge Wells itself.

And, whilst Royal’s history in terms of its Roman presence stretches back to before that era, there is little doubt that its rise through the centuries began with those builders the Normans, Tunbridge Wells Life ( Royal Tunbridge Wells has all the appeal of its neighbours, with a lovely High Street, set in a picture-postcard location in east Kent. A solid, comfortably-off feel also makes it a great choice for families setting up home without wishing to break the bank.


Well-heeled commuters, young families and growing businesses are all attracted by the low tax rates offered by Rutland and the quality of life that allows them to work elsewhere but still enjoy the best of both worlds. This idyllic town in the heart of England is actually part of three counties (Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Northampton) which is reflected in its wonderfully cosmopolitan nature where you will hear Polish mums chatting with Italian waiters while their kids play hockey with English kids.

It may not be an obvious choice for a weekend getaway but then again it has so much more to offer than people realise. It’s the kind of place that makes you feel like a guilty gummy-bear scoffing, arriviste tourist. Theres an art gallery every 72ft (damn them). Willoughby is full of chichi coffee shops and boutique clothing stores, and burgers are just not de rigeur; they're "100% organic and grass fed".

Nearby Attractions

Tunbridge Wells is a pretty little town on the southern edge of the Weald. At the heart of the town are two rows of Georgian buildings that make up The Pantiles, a pedestrianised street lined with independent shops, cafes and restaurants. Theres also an ice-cream parlour, clothes stores and antiques emporiums. Like many towns in South East England Tunbridge Wells has a historic connection to royalty; it was Queen Victoria who gave her name to The Royal Tunbridge Wells, a branch of Marks and Spencers.

Penshurst Place and Garden, near Tonbridge, is a fabulous Victorian house decked out with a sense of fun; its architecture has been described as a range of unruly wedding cakes in miniature. Carved in the marble fireplace of the banqueting hall is a plaque commemorating Anne Boleyn's ancestors. And that's really saying something, because her family tree was the most twisted in Tudor times. Nearby attractions are never far away in Tunbridge Wells, and theres a variety of visitor attractions close to the centre.

There are two zoological gardens, one of which is free to enter Duffys Funny Farm provides fantastic family days out. Whether you enjoy exploring the animals or letting off steam in the play area, its a great place for kids of all ages. Located about 1. 5 miles from Royal Tunbridge Wells and just off the A26 is Wykehurst Park, the former family home of local MP R. A. Butler and now a hotel and restaurant.

If youre visiting in August look out for their annual Beer & Music festival with over 100 breweries taking part each year. Hole Park Gardens.  15 acres of spectacular gardens and woodlands. Spectacular bluebell wood. Park House and Woodland Café now open See more at: Hole Park Gardens is set on 15 acres of beautiful gardens, woodlands and lakes. The gardens are open all year to the public. The woodlands are a tranquil place where dogs are welcome.

Hot Property

In my experience the best way to locate the right property is to narrow down your search by price and location. Our Hot Property section allows you to do just this and features the best properties in the local area according to our agents. There are also extra services you can use for finding your home like automated emails if a new property comes on the market that may suit your needs, and personalised searches regarding specific criteria such as number of bedrooms or reduced chain fees for example.

These are our main reasons for not only thinking that Tunbridge Wells is a hot property now but why we think its going to be Hot in the Future. A town thats a small time but big name attraction and regularly being given high recommendations by experts like the Sunday Times, the Financial Times and London Confidential. Bundle all that green space and blend it with wonderful teachers, top facilities, an inviting rural setting and perhaps a couple of horses grazing out the back (well, Somerhill does have a big equestrian centre), no wonder the vast majority of Kent prep schools are to be found in this fine county.

As a quick footnote theres also Kingswood School in Hadlow, but its moved from its former role as a worthwhile prep (by which I mean an all boys boarding prep) to being more of a mainstream school again. For details visit the website here. Our top prep school for September 2018 is Rose Hill School (you can read the Muddy review  here ). This is a nursery preparatory school that provides outstanding teaching in an exceptional setting.


For secondary boarding schools in Kent the list is even longer. Vaughan is a lovely place in the woods with a classical curriculum that will help your child to really shine at GCSE and A-level. Theres also Dover College (read the Muddy review here), Whitgift (read the Muddy review here) and Sevenoaks (read the Muddy review here) all of which are great options for a boys boarding education in Kent. For primary schools theres Motspur (read the Muddy review here) not far from our main office.

But if youre looking to get something more local then why not take a look at some of the other great primary schools in the surrounding areas. Or if your budget doesnt stretch to schools like Osborne and Millfield theres always another option. Sovereign Independent school (read the Muddy review here) which despite being young actually offers a high standard of education. For secondary school go for the School of St Mary Magdalene in the centre of the village or for a more villagey (but still high-performing) option go to the Tonbridge Grammar School get you.


There are three options for getting to the venue from London. The first is by train Cannon Street train station being only a 10 minute walk away from the venue and Charing Cross train station (for those living West or Central London) being 15 mins. You will be able to buy your ticket on the day of the event at Cannon Street or Charing Cross, however you can also buy them online in advance with a discount.

Commute. is another new London startup that’s trying to make the daily grind a little less squinty-eyed. Commuter. is a smartphone app that, unlike Citymapper, helps you find the best way to transfer between your regular forms of transport – whether it’s bus and Tube or train and tram. In other words, it works out the quickest route from Point A to B by whatever modes your journey requires. Commuting via train from this location allows for access to London’s major financial, shopping and tourism districts.

Travel times by public transport are as follows: 51 mins to London Cannon Street, 43 mins to Waterloo & Charing Cross Stations & 51mins to London Bridge. Great location: Central line zone 1 gives you direct access to Oxford Circus in 18 minutes and Bank located in 15 minutes. The line is regularly praised for being the quietest and most pleasant of the tube lines. Alternatively Bromley South is the closest station which is only 25 mins from London Bridge on the train.

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To learn more about our mobile and web development services, please review our website design agency capabilities or get in touch with us directly via Twitter using the hashtag. We are creative bunch and understand the importance of measurability. We want to deliver high quality website visitors to your business or website. Cannon Street, London Bridge and Charing Cross all have National Rail stations. If you'd rather a public school and are on a tight budget, Tunbridge Wells Girls School is just over 2 miles south of the centre read the Muddy review here.

In The Press

Muddy Stilettos Media has grown so rapidly over the past twelve months there are too many achievements to list here. In fact we are so grateful to all our visitors, clients, and friends for their support we could yap on all day. And FYI, yes – this “In the Press” section may read a little biased, but with good reason. Muddy Stilettos (or MS, as we call it) is a brand new women’s shoe company, founded by two sisters who are shaking-up the industry with amazing high heels that are comfy.

  MS has been recognized by Yahoo News, Time Magazine, Mashable, London Times and many other outlets. The Independent: Muddy Stilettos is a female movement that chooses to wear their muddy and rugged stilettos with pride. It's an outlet for people to share adventures, inspire action, celebrate success, and be inspired by others. Muddy Stilettos is growing and hiring at an alarming rate.  If youd like to join our team and build a brand around interesting women that inspire passionate online communities, let me know.