We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

The Pantiles

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: | The Pantiles, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN2 5TN, England
Phone Number:
+44 1892 513839
Today
08:00 - 00:00
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 08:00 - 00:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description:

The Pantiles is an area of 70+ independent stores offering a shopping...

The Pantiles is an area of 70+ independent stores offering a shopping experience uniquely suited to finding that special something and rarely found in other shopping centres. Almost entirely all owner-run there are a variety of specialist shops, art galleries, cafés, restaurants and bars each offering their own particular style of trading. Festivals involving Jazz, Food and Fashion are frequent along with fortnightly Farmers' and Craft Markets showcasing the best of the region's talent. Immerse yourself in the 400 year old history of the location brilliantly reflected in the elegant tree flanked colonnaded walkway. Summer months also present visitors with the opportunity to sample the waters of the Chalybeate (pronounced Ka-lee-bee-at) Spring whose discovery back in 1606 marked the beginning of Royal Tunbridge Wells.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 112 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 38
    Excellent
  • 30
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
A GEORGIAN COLLONADE WALKWAY

We visited the Pantiles as part of our visit to Tunbridge Wells. The Pantiles were developed around the Chalybeate medicinal Spring which was discovered in 1606. The Spring is... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 November 2016
HACKER69
,
AUCKLAND
Add Photo Write a Review

112 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 105: English reviews
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Beautiful and full of history, interesting buildings, fully pedestrianized, Georgian colonnade, nooks and crannies. Really stunning architecture and Chalybeate Springs at one end. Independent shops for really unusual jewellery, gifts, kitchenalia, several art galleries. Great for all ages.

Helpful?
Thank Suzanne A
AUCKLAND
Level Contributor
193 reviews
133 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

We visited the Pantiles as part of our visit to Tunbridge Wells. The Pantiles were developed around the Chalybeate medicinal Spring which was discovered in 1606. The Spring is located near the Tourist Information Centre. The local walkway was paved with Pantiles which are curved tiles. The walkway is full of small specialist shops and dining establishments. We spent a... More 

Helpful?
Thank HACKER69
Brandon, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
77 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

We stopped here on the way to Chatham on a coach trip. I wont bother again. The few eateries around were closed and the pavement was very uneven.

Helpful?
Thank sussexite
London
Level Contributor
188 reviews
139 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

We were wandering around Tunbridge Wells when my wife recognised an area she had once been, it was the " The Pantiles " , what a lovely place on a nice day, all type's of shops Restaurants, Drapery, Clothing , you can find out yourself on a visit, there is a stage for summer plays no doubt, we sat there... More 

Helpful?
Thank RonGLondon
Chatham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
102 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

The pantiles is presumably trying nowadays to emulate london's covent garden. It fails dismally! Not particularly impressed! We were looking for somewhere to eat. Went to look at the menu at the Ragged Trousers. A couple were sitting outside trying to eat the most inedible looking plates of food i have ever seen. Good job they were there as we... More 

Helpful?
Thank suscame
Hertfordshire
Level Contributor
91 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

The Pantiles is an historic area in the older part of Royal Tunbridge Wells. There are some lovely shops and eateries, and the architecture is lovely. No visit to this town would be complete without a visit to this area.

Helpful?
Thank Alison C
Eastbourne, Sussex
Level Contributor
40 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Apart from visiting th Chalybete Spring, where one can taste the spring water. there are many Vicgtorian shios, a good choice of cafes and restaurants on 2 levels. there are steps between the levels. very few rails to assist, this Pantiles is also tree lined, a quiet pedestrian walkway. close to the Spa Valley Railway.

Helpful?
Thank MaureenReevves
Burnaby, Canada
Level Contributor
67 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Not much here to see, a few shops and cafes, seems a bit tired. Here is a visitor centre that is helpful. Tunbridge Wells is a difficult city to maneuver by car and care must be taken to not enter many restricted zones. There are nicer towns in the area to visit.

Helpful?
Thank ehogan
Leicestershire
Level Contributor
382 reviews
197 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 226 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Our first visit to TW, we struggled to find anywhere to park, but had heard about the Pantiles. How glad we were to find it, it was so enjoyable in so interesting, and fabulous architecture. The great array of totally fabulous individual shops, there is everything for the discerning shopper. So many places to eat, so many outside tables, but... More 

Helpful?
Thank Raffiella11
Hinckley, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
327 reviews
158 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

An attractive if somewhat expensive shopping parade that makes good use of its historical buildings and history to create a nice ambience conducive to "wasting" some money on some of life's strictly unnecessary luxuries.

Helpful?
Thank JeremyPC

Travellers who viewed The Pantiles also viewed

Hastings, East Sussex
Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
 
Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
 

Been to The Pantiles? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from The Pantiles staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?