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About Leamington Spa

Royal Leamington Spa is a fashionable and elegant regency town in the heart of Warwickshire. Georgian and Victorian architecture, tree-lined avenues and squares, stunning parks and gardens, all make Leamington a very popular place to live and work!

The town has a busy centre and is renowned for its good night-life. There are cinemas and arts venues as well as a variety of good restaurants, lively pubs, bars and nightclubs in which to enjoy the evening and night time.

Leamington has a deservedly good reputation for shopping, with an eclectic mix of independent retailers, selling unique and interesting wares, coupled with all the well-known brands offered by national chains.

Places of Interest

In 1814 the Royal Pump Rooms and Baths were opened close to the River Leam, which runs through the centre of the town. This grand structure attracted many visitors, hoping to soothe various aches, pains and ailments by bathing in pools filled with the salty spa water. Leamington soon became a popular spa resort which attracted the wealthy and famous, and construction began of numerous Georgian townhouses to accommodate visitors.

Leamington's reputation spread and the town gained its "Royal" prefix in 1838, following a visit by Queen Victoria to the Spa. Queen Victoria's statue still stands in the town and was almost destroyed by a German bomb during World War II. It was actually moved by two inches on its plinth in the blast and has yet to be returned to its original position.

Today the Pump Rooms act as a culture and heritage centre, featuring the Leamington Art Gallery, a museum and library as well as a Tourist Information Centre and café. Spa water can still be sampled at the museum!

The town is noted for its parks and gardens, particularly the award winning Jephson Gardens, close to the Royal Pump Rooms alongside the River Leam. These Grade II listed gardens of horticultural excellence have undergone a £4.3 million restoration project which includes a sensory garden, a temperate glasshouse and children's play area. Visit the gardens for a quiet stroll or even to hire a boat from The Leam Boat Centre and have some fun!

The central part of the town is the Parade, a street which hosts Royal Priors shopping centre and a wide range of high street chains. This is the hub of the town and is always a lively street.

Leamington's main architectural characteristic is its wide main streets, with elegant Georgian, Regency and Victorian townhouses, many lined with trees. Much of this architecture remains, giving Leamington a grand appearance.

The Royal Spa Centre and The Assembly are both live entertainment venues right in the centre of town, which offer the best live performances from both comedians and musicians.

Just out of the town centre the Quarry Park Frisbee Disc Golf course offers an interesting and different sport to try and is well worth a visit.