Tunbridge Wells Centre | Kent Adult Education


Tunbridge Wells

Built in 1902 in the Art Nouveau style, the original building was designed by well-known architect Henry T Hare. An English architect, he designed several distinguished buildings, including the Renaissance Revival Town Hall, Oxford (1893-7), with Elizabethan gables derived from Kirby Hall, Northants.

The current listed building is 3 storeys built of red brick with 3 immense stone dormer windows on 2nd floor. There are 7 casement windows and 3 large bays on the first floor. Above this floor is an amazing enriched frieze and round headed doorcase with curved open pediment with shell and scroll. An attractive base for learning in the heart of the community and in the town.

Please note that from January 2019 all Tunbridge Wells courses will be delivered from alternative interim locations; this is to create a new Cultural & Learning Hub. This exciting redevelopment will bring together, in one conserved and modernised set of buildings Adult Education, the Museum, Art Gallery, Library, Registration & Archives services, Visitor Information and Gateway services. The aim of the Cultural & Learning Hub is to create a space to engage with art, culture, the heritage of Tunbridge Wells, learn new skills, socialise and be inspired. Please regularly check the KAE website for further updates.

Tunbridge Wells Adult Education Centre
Monson Road
Tunbridge Wells,


Disabled access and facilities

 Cafe/Refreshments - Nicoletta’s café’ is now open with amazing food and specials every day as well as breakfast, lunch and coffees.


Getting there

Parking Information

Nearest Parking: Crescent Road
Parking Costs: Up to 1 hour - £1.20, up to 3 hours - £3.20, up to 5 hours - £5.00. Parking is chargeable between 8.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Saturday and 10.00am to 5.00pm on Sundays.

Opening times

During term time the office hours are as follows:

Monday to Thursday 8:15am to 9pm
Friday 8:15am to 5pm

Outside term time the centre will be open during the following times:

Monday to Thursday 8:15am to 5:30pm
Friday 8:15am to 5pm

Saturday opening times vary, depending on what courses are running.