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The Pantiles

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Address: | The Pantiles, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN2 5TN, England
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+44 1892 513839
08:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 00:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Faded elegance, quirky shops and restaurants

I came on a day trip to Royal Tunbridge Wells (RTW)and I started at the pantiles. I can see why some might call it old and tired but its down to perspective. The sun was shining... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I came on a day trip to Royal Tunbridge Wells (RTW)and I started at the pantiles. I can see why some might call it old and tired but its down to perspective. The sun was shining and people were out enjoying the bars, restaurants and shops and it just looked like a lovely old place to browse to me. It... More 

Thank Aussie135
Tunbridge Wells
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152 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

In the summer a nice place to sit out and catch the sun and people watch. A little date, filthy and the cafes and restaurants are over rated. Apart from the Italian cafe at the every end near the spa which has good food and excellent service. In general over priced food and poor customer service. Any decent shops come... More 

Thank Betty B
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Pantiles was completely delightful. We went with the children on a beautiful Sunday morning , the area is very pretty lots of quaint shops and cafes. There was a small street market which added to the lovely atmosphere. The area was very busy and we all enjoyed wandering around . We saw a beautiful hotel close to the Pantiles... More 

Thank izzyb9
Grantham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was expecting a bit more than was there. It is basically a small row of shops and cafes under a verandah. The shops and cafes were very pricey. There was a small market there with some unusual stalls which visit twice a month

Thank Sheila J
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

I was expecting more..... The shops were hardly exciting, not the sort that would entice you in for a look. The eateries were overpriced and uninspiring....the whole place had a shoddy almost starting to feel run down look about it. Very disappointing.

Thank fadeheart1
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 March 2017

I don't know quite what I was expecting, but it was more than there was. The shops were not particularly special and there seemed to be a lot of cafes/ bars/ restaurants. Sorry Tunbridge, but I was underwhelmed.

Thank Hilary P
Reading, United Kingdom
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719 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 256 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

This small area has so much history attached t it and the building really set the imagination going back to bygone eras. The music gallery at one end is quite delightful. There is a market on the 1st and 3rd weekend of the month (we missed it). I enjoyed the architecture and people watching. Several places to sit and eat.... More 

Thank Wendy119186363
Essex, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 10 February 2017

Went here for a long weekend and absolutely loved the quirky little shops, so many items that you just don't see in your modern shopping centres with same ol shops which can get very boring. I loved the atmosphere and al fresco dining and would recommend

Thank he1965
Folkestone, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed strolling along the pantiles looking at the shops wandering amongst the market stalls. We had breakfast in the pantiles cafe which was very good. We had a drink in the duke of York and the Pantiles Tap. Well worth a look something for most people

Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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.

Thank Suzanne A

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