In 1909 King Edward VII officially granted the town of Tunbridge Wells its “Royal” status thanks to its fashionable standing with so many royal and aristocratic visitors over the centuries – including his mother, Queen Victoria. Princess Victoria stayed in Calverley Mansion as a young girl, now Hotel du Vin.
Charm and Elegance have remained by-words for the Royal Town, including the Pantiles and the surrounding area. Below you will find a number of venues that are selected due to their charm and elegance for fairytale weddings.
A small selection of wedding venues in Royal Tunbridge Wells
The Spa Hotel
Set in 14 acres of stunning grounds, The Spa Hotel is an 18th century mansion nestled in the beautiful countryside surrounding the spa town. With your every need catered for including the Spa Spa for beautification and relaxation what more could a modern-day couple wish for?
An ethereal and unique landscape. Giant sandstone rocks tower above the trees with little wooden bridges and a tropical feeling with lush shrubs and ferns pouring over them. Right out of town in a secluded woody area and on the heritage Spa Valley railway line, you may be lucky and see a steam train puff by or you can choose to arrive in style at your wedding venue from Tunbridge Wells West station!
The Royal Wells Hotel
In the heart of town, you will find this elegant hotel ready to host your perfect day. The joys of hosting your wedding in a hotel is that you guests can spend quality time with you and celebrate the lead up to the wedding day!
Hotel du Vin
In the centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells this is a great vintage hotel with lots of character in the mansion where Queen Victoria stayed as a young girl, one for all aspirational princesses! Stylish garden and luxurious rooms each individually and sumptuously decorated. Truly a Gorgeous Georgian.
One Warwick Park
A couple minutes’ walk from the historic Pantiles. The hotel offers a chic stay and reception room. Situated right next to the famous Charles the Martyr Chuch, this could be the perfect location for you to tie the knot. A couple minutes walk from the Tunbridge Wells train station, it is very easy for your guests to attend your special day.
Right in the centre of town and a well-known pretty little pub with an enclosed patio garden covered with trailing and bright blooms. Family owned and having hosted weddings here for a number of years now, they know the little touches that matter to make your wedding day very special indeed.
A boutique restaurant with arguably the best view in the ‘burb! Overlooking the Kentish countryside, a most romantic place to walk, and the foundations of the original 1700s Spa bath house. This is apparent in the appropriately named Happy Valley below the Hundred Steps in the gardens of the Beacon, Tea Garden Lane on the edge of the village of Rusthall (5 minute drive from Royal Tunbridge Wells).
Just outside the center of Royal Tunbridge Wells, in Southborough, you will find this historic Manor House surrounded by 36 acres of beautiful gardens, woods and parkland. Enjoying the exclusive use of the picturesque grounds, charming views and ceremonial rooms on your wedding day.
A countryside wedding in Tunbridge Wells
Penshurst Place and Gardens
The most formal of all on this list and possibly to die for? The tudor façade and interior is a dream place to get married as are the intricately laid out gardens. A total stunner of a venue, you know it’s the real deal when you’re not allowed to wear stilettos inside!
A beautiful grade II listed Georgian country house tucked away in 100 acres of parkland at the end of a long sweeping driveway. Nestled deep in the heart of the Kent countryside, this secluded and private venue with luxury bridal suite and exclusive-use accommodation for your family and friends, offers you the perfect year-round setting for your civil ceremony and wedding celebrations.
The Paper Mill Weddings
Near Hawkhurst village, deep in the heart of a Kentish woodland a small but perfectly formed wooden bower stands glistening in the scattered sunlight as it filters down through the leafy canopy. The Hay Barn dating back to the 1800s this beautiful building remains untouched and bursting with charm. Pure white doves flit in and out of their very own cote and an old donkey grazes in the paddock – a perfect pitch for a marquee of your choice. This is the perfect venue to personalise as you wish!
Luxury ‘Glamping’ Bell Tents available including a special bridal tent or make use of the Bewl Belle boat. Bewl Water is in a large country park near to picturesque village of Lamberhurst. This means space for kids to run around, uncles to dance and granny to stroll.
The Wedding Breakfast
The wedding breakfast is a British English phrase for the celebratory meal eaten just after a wedding (at any time of day) by the couple and their guests. Naturally being The Garden of England, we do have a bountiful selection of high quality home-grown produce to nourish your guests at the reception. There is a variety of local wine, beer and cider including sparkling available from nearby wineries and distillers, including gin! Visit the vineyards in advance and stay over so that you can achieve the full tasting experience. The number of food festivals and farmers’ markets held in the region testify to the exquisite variety and flavour of the ingredients available for your special day.
The only spa town in the South East of England
Tunbridge Wells Borough is lucky enough to have a number of fabulous spa’s as well, a must for all bride and groom parties, not to mention the hen and stag do’s!
You will also find a variety of fabulous men’s and ladies’ clothing boutiques, gift shops as well as florists, bridal dress shops, groomsmen outfitters, tailors and musical talent to help you float through your wedding plans and special day on a cloud of serenity. We bet you can get it all done, in style, in Tunbridge Wells!
We look forward to welcoming you to what was once the Scandalous Spa Town and introducing you to the elegant, contemporary venues on offer in our beautiful Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the South East of England.