This commuter town with Royal Family links is one of Britain’s poshest places to live — it also happens to be one of the least worthy places to visit.
The town, approximately 45 minutes from London, has most of the facets a posh person could want: a polo club, private schools and loads of expensive independent stores.
It was recently rated the second poshest town in the country by the website locallife.co.uk which surveyed 340 towns in the UK.
But Tunbridge Wells, a town with an average house price of over £533,000 according to Rightmove, isn’t attractive for everyone.
Despite a number of pretty attractions, including Scotney Castle Garden, Dunorlan Park and The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells was rated one of the least worthy places to visit near London – according to a 2021 Which? Survey.
Visitors of the satirical website iLiveHere have said the area is a “very odd town” with a “seedy underbelly”.
One reviewer said: “There are quite a few snooty people. The town also feels very small, because it is, both in terms of the area it covers and the population.
“There really isn’t that much to do in the town because of its small size.”
Another added: “The Pantiles is pretty, but it’s only a couple of hundred metres long or so.”
The Pantiles is a stretch of quaint Georgian buildings that now act as a shopping area, previously called The Walks and the (Royal) Parade.
Tunbridge Wells has a rich history of connections with the Royal Family, hence it is officially called Royal Tunbridge Wells.
The town gained a reputation as a place to see and be seen at, attracting many royal and aristocratic visitors over the years.
One of the most notable connections is with Queen Victoria. As a young princess, Victoria attended church services at the Church of King Charles the Martyr in Tunbridge Wells with her mother, the Duchess of Kent.
She also visited the town as a 15-year-old in 1834.
The town’s royal connections were officially recognised in 1909 when King Edward VII granted it the “Royal” prefix to celebrate its popularity among members of the royal family.