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The Pantiles

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Address: | The Pantiles, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN2 5TN, England
Phone Number: +44 1892 513839
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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.

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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 1 week ago
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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 

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Brandon, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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Chatham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 

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Hertfordshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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Eastbourne, Sussex
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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.

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Burnaby, Canada
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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.

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Leicestershire
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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 

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Hinckley, United Kingdom
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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.

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