About Leamington Spa
Leamington Spa is dominated by many fine examples of stunning Victorian and Georgian architecture, a case in point being the refurbished Royal Pump Rooms which houses the town's heritage museum and art gallery.
Surrounded by their own ornate gardens, the Pump Rooms were originally the town's baths at the time of their construction in the eighteenth century, attracting visitors from nationwide and even abroad to take on the local waters' healing properties.
Leamington's public library is now housed within the building alongside the museum, art gallery and assembly rooms, making it the major cultural centre for the town. Other examples of Leamington's fine historic buildings include many Georgian townhouses and the neo-classical Grade II listed Lansdowne Crescent, all of which lend the town a particularly grand atmosphere.
The town has a good reputation for its food and leisure opportunities, with a commendable variety of both fine eateries and cafes and high quality independent retail establishments, particularly along Leamington's picturesque canal-front. The award-winning Royal Priors shopping centre houses a number of specialist shops catering for all tastes, from chocolates to jewellery.
In terms of culture, Leamington has a vibrant local music scene that encompasses everything from rock and pop to classical and opera. The annual Peace Festival in the town, held in The Royal Pump Room Gardens, hosts many local bands alongside bigger international acts.
Fans of drama and dance should also try one of the town's popular theatres, or take in one of the outdoor productions that take place over the summer in Jephson Gardens.