A fashionable town on the River Leam, Royal Leamington Spa has fine examples of Regency buildings in the Georgian part of the town north of the river. The town initially developed south of the river, growing rapidly with the popularity of its medicinal spa waters. The Royal Pump Rooms and Baths were opened in 1814 and now house the town's Art Gallery and Museum as well as the Tourist Information Centre. The Pump Room Gardens are open as a public park. Town walks can be downloaded from the website below. Jephson Gardens is a formal Victorian public park with colourful flowerbeds, sculptures and a glasshouse with tropical plants. Leamington is pronounced 'Lemmington'.
TI Royal Pump Rooms, tel. 01926 742762.
Galleries in the former Pump Rooms tell the story of Leamington's development from a rural village
into an elegant spa resort and through to the present day. The Art Gallery shows fine and decorative art works selected
from the collection of paintings, ceramics, sculptures and glass Collections. The Pump Room Gardens are now a public park.
Temporary exhibitions and events programme. Admission free.
Open TWThFSSu & BH 1000-1200, 1230-1600.
A flood meadow on the south bank of the River Leam. The reserve supports many wildflowers suited to the damp
meadow habitat. Butterflies and dragonflies can be seen in the summer. Note that there are no formal paths and the reserve is prone
to flooding in winter. Admission free.
Open at all times but best visited Apr-Aug.
The story of Britain's motor industry and the cars it produced. Further exhibits including many
British cars in the Collections Centre. Exhibitions and Shows programme. Café.
Open Daily 1000-1700.
Bus 77/77A (77/78 Sun & BH) from Station to entrance, about 30 minutes journey. M-S 77/77A about hourly, Sun & BH 77/78 hourly. Operated by Stagecoach.
An art gallery in a Georgian mansion with a permanent collection and a temporary exhibitions programme.
The surrounding Park was designed by 'Capability' Brown with walkways, woodland, meadows and architectural features.
Open TWThFSSu & BH 1000-1700.
Bus 77 from Station to opposite entrance shortly after Kineton, about 45 minutes journey. M-S about 2-hourly. Operated by Stagecoach.
Buses also operate from Stratford-upon-Avon.