Leamington Spa

Leamington Spa is a large spa town in the West Midlands region of England, close to the cities of Coventry and Birmingham, part of the United Kingdom.

Understand

Leamington Spa is an attractive spa town notable for its fine Regency architecture and parks. Like Bath and Cheltenham, Leamington owes much of its grandeur to its development as a fashionable resort in the early nineteenth century, catering for those who believed its spring waters could cure or ease their ailments.

Leamington was laid out as a new town in the early to mid-nineteenth century, with features characteristic of modern planned towns including wide streets based predominantly on a north/south aligned grid. It was built on the site of a much smaller and older village called Leamington Priors, from which 2 buildings still remain - situated just East of the parish church.

Modern Leamington serves primarily as a commuter town for Coventry and Birmingham, with its population boosted during term time by students from the nearby University of Warwick.

Get in

By plane

Coventry Airport (IATA: CVT) is about 10 miles / 20 minutes journey by car, though was closed to commercial traffic in December 2009.

Birmingham International Airport (IATA: BHX), is larger and not too far away and serves the region with frequent domestic and international flights. There are several direct arrivals a day from all major UK and European destinations, and one or two from more far-flung places such as Delhi, Dubai (twice daily), Islamabad, Luxor, New York and Toronto.

By train

Leamington is on the line between London Marylebone and Birmingham, and is a relatively short distance from Coventry, which is on the main line between London Euston and Birmingham New Street. It is also on the Cross Country Bournemouth to Scotland/Northern England line giving it good North/South connections.

By bus

Leamington Spa is well served by buses. The No. 12 bus travels between Sydenham-Leamington Spa-Kenilworth-Coventry, including Coventry City Centre, Coventry Rail Station, the University of Warwick and Kenilworth on its route.

By car

Visitors by car beware: the centre of Leamington features a perplexing traffic system which forbids turns onto or off the high-street. This can make navigating the centre of town by car very tricky to those unfamiliar with the town's layout.

Get around

The centre of Leamington is compact and easily walkable, but the Parade in particular is well served by local buses.

See

Do

Jephson Gardens is well worth a visit. There is a large pond, ducks, geese, a cafe, a restaurant, boating and lots of flowers and trees. You could combine it with a walk past the library, through the pump room gardens, over the bridge and into Victoria park.


Buy

Leamington's shopping area is focused on the Parade and consists mostly of the same retail chains found on any other British high street. The elegant facades of the Parade on the eastern side at the northern end conceal Royal Priors, a smart modern indoor shopping centre, with lots of brand name shops.

There is a new development of shops between the Town Hall and the Travelodge Hotel. On the other side of the Town Hall there is a tree lined avenue with new shops, cafes and restaurants.

Park Street and Regent Street have many small independent shops and it is well worth having a wonder round to find out some hidden gems. Also, Bedford Street is home to several small fashion stores.

Eat

Leamington has a good choice of moderately priced upmarket restaurants, including a wide choice of British Indian restaurants

Drink

Leamington has a small but vibrant nightlife scene. There are many pubs and bars and 3 small nightclubs. Most of the bars are around Bedford Street and Warwick/Regent street.

Bars and Pubs

Clubs

Sleep

There are a number of Bed and Breakfasts in Leamington, as well as a large number clustered together in Warwick less than 2 miles away on Coten End/Emscote Road (the same road).

Go next

Trains leave regularly from the station at the bottom of town and go direct to Birmingham, London, (and Edinburgh a few times a day). Anywhere else and your best bet is to go to Birmingham or London (depending on whether you're going north or south) and get a train from there

Take a bus to Warwick and visit Warwick Castle

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