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Leamington Spa

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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.

Royal Pump Rooms Art Gallery & Museum ½ mile

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. Tel. 01926 42700. Admission free.
Open TWThFSSu & BH 1100-1700 (1600 Sun & BH).

Welches Meadow Nature Reserve ¾ mile

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.

Leamington Spa map

British Motor Museum by bus

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. Tel. 01926 643357.
Open Daily 1000-1700.
Bus 77/77A (67B Sun & BH) from Station to entrance, about 30 minutes journey. M-S 77/77A about hourly*, operated by Johnson's Coaches. Sun & BH 67B every 2 hours, operated by Stagecoach.
* Extra M-S late afternoon X77 return journeys operated by Stagecoach.

Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park by bus

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. Tel. 01926 645500.
Open TWThFSSu & BH 1030-1800, Galleries 1100-1700.
Bus 67A/67B from Station to entrance, about 70 minutes journey (50 minutes return), Sun & BH only, hourly. Operated by Stagecoach.

Upton House and Garden NT by bus

Lord Bearsted bought Upton in 1927 and set about creating the perfect country home for his family and art collection of paintings and porcelain. The Garden created by Lady Bearsted includes spring bulbs and herbaceous planting plus a kitchen garden. Woodland adventure and games. Timed tickets for the House. Exhibitions programme. Restaurant. Tel. 01295 670266.
Open Mar-Oct, MTWFSSu 1300-1700, Gardens from 1100. Nov-Feb, SSu 1200-1600.
Bus 67A/67B from Station to entrance, about 55 minutes journey (65 minutes return), Sun & BH only, hourly. Operated by Stagecoach.