The Pantiles

The Pantiles, Royal Tunbridge Wells: Hours, Address, The Pantiles Reviews: 4/5

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8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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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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Carolyn S
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Jun 2022 • Couples
Very disappointed to be honest. Run down, lots of closed shops and quiet. Spring all dried up. Had heard great things but I think that's from people who went years ago. Perhaps covid impacted it badly. The main shopping area was better and thank goodness for The Ivy restaurant. This was lovely. Wouldn't make the effort to visit Tunbridge Wells if I had my time again. Sadly seems to be a common theme in many towns/cities which is a shame. I do think the local shops keepers could do more to tidy the place up.
Written 27 June 2022
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Metropolitan_Man
London, UK655 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Nice Row of Shops
A nice outside atmosphere for a drink or lunch. Nothing too remarkable to be honest but worth a look if in the area
Written 12 June 2022
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SMB169
Seasalter, UK712 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
I heard about the Pantiles from family, a great mixture of shops and good food venues. We decided to go when the market was on, disappointed as no market, just music on the bandstand. I noticed the Corn Exchange had a few people going in and out and wow a great mixture of antiques and collectables. One was outstanding Hope and Glory it had toys and memorabilia in pristine condition, bought a Metal Spitfire and Hurricane set. Other shops had glass, pottery, furniture, and even a Scottish collection. We will definitely be back when the market stalls are out and saved up for the concorde in Hope and Glory must check if they have a website.
Written 9 June 2022
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Hoppityskip
Basildon, UK13,176 contributions
May 2022
Came specifically to experience the food fair. Weather wasn’t great so had hoped that the exhibitors would make it worthwhile.
He extent of choice was significantly limited and frankly disappointing.
Wanted to buy lunch, and at lunchtime some exhibitors fare wasn’t even ready!
Generally disappointed sadly
Toilet provision is abysmal, the kind hotel allowed me to use theirs
Written 26 May 2022
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Turtle5954
Warrington, UK1,653 contributions
May 2022
Classical buildings, lovely atmosphere when we visited on an early saturday evening. Shops look great,but the buzz is super. A must visit when you come.
Written 23 May 2022
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Manks13
UK46 contributions
Feb 2022
Mention Royal Tunbridge Wells to anyone and the first thing they will immediately say "ah, Disgusted, Tunbridge Wells" and second will be "The Pantiles".

Whoever "Disgusted" was, they have almost certainly left us. The Pantiles, however, remains. Though not always in the rude health that one would hope. I have known it for nearly sixty years and it is fair to say that its fortunes have been mixed.

On a hot summer's evening, when the jazz is on, the Pantiles is a glorious place and busy. But at other times it seems unable to bring in visitors. I get the impression from the shop owners that rents are high and profits thin. Which is probably because any attempt at a cohesive effort to promote the area is sadly absent.

Much of The Pantiles is owned by a property company called "Targetfollow" and the Chalybeat spring, which is what makes Tunbridge Wells famous, (by the way pronounced kal-i-be-et) is leased by them to the local council, who seem to do with it virtually nothing. The reasons for this appear to be apathy and health and safety.

So, whilst The Pantiles is unquestionably charming it seems to struggle to gain the critical mass necessary to become a year-round draw for visitors with money to spend. Which makes me a little sad, honestly.

Written 21 February 2022
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Geoff H
Sissinghurst, UK7,815 contributions
Oct 2021
Haven't been to The Pantiles for a while. Then it was a vibrant place to go to and to shop, now it is mainly eateries, which makes it worth visiting if you're after somewhere to eat and/or drink. However, there is a bit of history at one end; the Chalybeate Spring. In those days when "taking the waters" was the fashion, The Pantiles would really have been the place to be seen.
Written 23 October 2021
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Kevin D
Binfield, UK869 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Worth a visit but do not expect to much. Worth a visit lunch time or afternoon tea and cake. Located at the end of town by the park. Worth a visit. Please like if this helped.
Written 8 October 2021
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della h
Great Yarmouth, UK51 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
What gift shops? All we found were tea towels, fridge magnets in local newsagents. Really disappointed as there were only food and antiques shops. A small interesting market with local arts, crafts and food but otherwise I wouldn’t pay the £3.60 car parking for another visit.
Written 2 October 2021
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Dave M
Hemel Hempstead, UK149 contributions
Jul 2021
Okay, a few years back this may have been a charming artisan place to shop and be seen. Now sadly not. Just lots of coffee shops, eateries and empty properties in a tired area
We allowed 2 hours and were back in the car in 45 minutes including the walk each way.... Don't bother.
Written 19 July 2021
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