Leamington Spa Travel Guide

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Leamington Spa Overview

Leamington Spa has the rare distinction of the right to use the prefix “Royal” a name that is only used by tourists. The town is situated in the centre of Warwickshire, in the heart of the English countryside. It has a Georgian town centre with a modern shopping mall and a spa in the Royal Pump Rooms. Leamington is a nice place to live and a good place to visit with an exceptionally large number of pubs (the town centre alone had 65 licensed premises at the last count).

Formerly known as Leamington Priors – the town is about a dozen miles to the north of Stratford-upon-Avon and is now virtually joined to Warwick. Leamington grew around the saline springs and the Royal Pump Room and Baths, which were opened in 1814. A treatment at the baths was supposed to be very beneficial and claimed to cure many disorders - gout, rheumatism, stiffness of the joints etc. - and the spa water was drunk as a laxative. There are many beautiful old buildings in the town, which has a wide, main shopping street - the Parade - and some well-maintained gardens around the river Leam. Charles Dickens was a frequent visitor and set a scene in "Dombey and Son" in the town.

Did You Know

Royal Leamington Spa is one of only three towns in England to have been given the official prefix “Royal” and was granted by Queen Victoria in 1838.

Leamington received Purple Flag status in 2016 (a nationally recognised award highlighting welcoming town centres).

People who live in or who come from Leamington are called Leamingtonians

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