Fancy a trip to Warwickshire? What to do in Leamington Spa

Sitting between Birmingham and London, Leamington Spa is a great day out if you’re looking for something different. Here are the best places for families to visit.
One of the Midland’s hidden gems, there are numerous attractions and places to visit in Leamington Spa that can break up any journey between Birmingham and London or be a day out in themselves.

Whether you’re travelling for a weekend or holiday, Leamington Spa’s ‘things to do’ list is one of the best in the region. From escape rooms to art galleries, there’s something for everybody to enjoy. 

Explore Leamington Spa’s town centre

With a population of just over 50,000 people, Leamington Spa is a relatively small British town. Its size means it has a strong community feel, with lots of local independents that make it a desirable shopping destination for residents and visitors alike.

The main high street, or Parade as it’s known, is also well renowned for its glorious hanging baskets and beautiful architecture including an array of Georgian buildings and shops.

Situated on the banks of the River Leam, Leamington Spa’s centre offers a great place to walk or enjoy a picnic with a view of the beautiful Victoria Park, the Pump Room Gardens and Jephson Gardens. 

If you’re into history, there’s also lots to explore in this spa town. The Royal Pump Rooms pay tribute to the town’s past, as does the Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum which tells the story of travellers coming to Leamington Spa to take its famous waters.

With over 100 cafes alone, you’ll never go hungry or thirsty here. Local highlights include the Fox and Vivian, the Drawing Board and The Aviary Cafe which sit alongside larger chain restaurants such as Turtle Bay and the Giggling Squid.


Check out some Leamington Spa activities

There are plenty of activities to suit every interest in Leamington Spa, from family activities to fun things to do with friends. 

There are plenty of escape rooms in Leamington Spa as it’s a popular activity for all ages. Three of the most popular are Escape Leamington Spa, Experimental Escape and Escape Room Adventures.

If you’re looking for a touch of local culture, shows and concerts are regularly performed at the Loft Theatre, the Royal Spa Centre and the Town Hall. National and international artists also play regularly at The Assembly, which is a great venue for over-18s. Oktoberfest, Bongo’s Bingo, tribute acts and a variety of other musical performers mean there’s something for everyone at The Assembly.

Craft Beer Pub, The Clarendon, is known for its bottomless brunches and The Royal Pug pub is a popular comedy club venue that also hosts small music gigs. 


Enjoy Leamington Spa’s attractions

Jephson Gardens is Leamington Spa’s answer to Kensington Park. Renowned for its beautiful landscaping, it’s an ideal location for picnics or for entertaining the kids. Dr Henry Jephson’s gardens offer plenty to see and do, from the sensory garden and tropical plants in the Glasshouse, to the play area in the mill gardens.

If you need any more info about what to do next, Leamington Spa’s tourist information centre is located in the Pump Room Gardens. Sat on the banks of the River Leam, it is also a good place to visit if you’re looking to find and buy tickets for local events.

Royal Leamington Spa is easily accessible by road and by rail. Located just off the M40, buses and trains run regularly from Leamington Spa to Warwick. 

Trains connecting Warwick and Leamington Spa train stations take under ten minutes. Next time you’re in the area, get the most out of your day out and make the journey to both towns. From central Leamington, you can reach prestigious attractions like Warwick Castle in a journey time of just 20 minutes.

Alternatively, you can reach Shakespeare’s hometown, Stratford Upon Avon, in under half an hour by car or train. Other major cities can be reached easily from Leamington. Birmingham is accessible in under 60 minutes and London can be reached in under two hours on the train.


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