Trains to Leamington Spa
Take the train to Royal Leamington Spa and soak up the Regency romance of this fashionable spa town’s history. Charming green spaces and riverside walks, elegant architecture and one-of-a-kind eateries, no wonder it’s one of Britain’s happiest towns.
Culture and heritage
Leamington Spa's journey began as a quiet Warwickshire village, but in 1784, the rediscovery of its mineral springs transformed it into a fashionable Georgian spa town.
Picture the bathhouses that sprang up, welcoming visitors to "take the waters." The Royal Pump Rooms and Baths, now home to Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum , is a lasting monument to that extravagant era of pampering.
With healing mineral waters drawing visitors from across the country, elegant homes, a vibrant cultural scene and even a regal visit by Princess Victoria, Leamington Spa's history took shape. As Queen in 1838, Victoria renamed the town Royal Leamington Spa. Pause at the Town Hall to see her statue, a tribute to this distinction.
Like a scene from a period drama, in the 18th-century social scene, promenading became all the rage, a chance to flaunt fashion and status. To make the town more desirable, Leamington Spa created green havens like Jephson Gardens for people to parade.
And in 1852, Leamington Spa railway station opened, connecting the town to London and welcoming a fresh influx of visitors.
Given its charming atmosphere, convenient location and architectural beauty, it's easy to see why Leamington Spa is such a popular escape.
Start your journey at Leamington Spa station, an art deco gem rebuilt in the 1930s. It's even rumoured to be one of the UK's spookiest places.
In the Pump Room Gardens, you’ll spot an elegant Georgian building, once used for spa bathing. This was the Royal Pump Rooms, now Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum . Alongside fine art, discover the town’s history through curiosities, interactive exhibits and even a restored Turkish bath.
Take a stroll along The Parade to the Town Hall, where Queen Victoria’s statue marks the town’s name of Royal Leamington Spa.
Admire The Parade’s architecture with 18th-century buildings, or for some of the finest examples of Regency townhouses, head east to the horse-shoe shaped Lansdowne Circus, or north to Clarendon Square.
Leamington History Group’s free guided walks on local history run throughout the summer every couple of Thursdays or Fridays. For a 21st-century perspective, explore the city's burgeoning street art scene - get the Leamington Street Art Trail from Royal Leamington Spa’s visitor site.
Food and drink
You’ll be spoilt for choice with Leamington Spa's independent eateries. A leisurely afternoon tea or night out with friends, from delightful cream teas to modern dining, its restaurant scene is a foodie’s paradise.
Indulge in cream teas at Bandstand Tea Rooms , or venture into a fairytale world of Alice in Wonderland themed dishes at Enchanted Tearoom (Fri-Sun bookings only). Family-friendly Rosie's Tearoom serves up classics and afternoon tea on charming vintage china.
Perk up with artisanal coffee and award-winning breakfasts at Procaffeinate or opt for brunch in funky pink and neon surroundings at Hart+Co . And for 100% homemade dishes and tapas nights, head to Warwick Street Kitchen .
Whether it's a special occasion or just a treat, The Neighbourhood 's food hall offers street food experiences, perfect for sharing. Oscar's French Steakhouse serves affordable, high-quality French dishes, while La Coppola Ristorante & Oyster Bar evokes Italy in a fairylit setting at the top of the Parade. Trof cafe-cum-restaurant serves local foods in a quirky, upcycled spot.
Regent Court on Livery Street thrives as a foodie hub, featuring restaurant chains.
Sports and outdoors
Step into a swoon-worthy Regency romance as you stroll through Leamington Spa's picturesque gardens, parks and riverside walks.
Just as the fashionable spa crowd once did, promenade through the elegant Jephson Gardens , enjoying the seasonal flowers in the formal gardens, a perfect spot for picnics. Admire the clock tower, grab an ice cream or a coffee from The Aviary , and don't miss the fountain, sensory garden and glasshouse filled with exotic plants.
To the west, stroll underneath the arches in the Pump Room Gardens with its vintage bandstand. Cross the pedestrian York bridge, and follow the Riverside Walk to Victoria Park and play bowls, tennis or let the kids run wild.
Take grid-worthy shots by the Mill Bridge and Weir , then, next to the bridge, look out for the Elephant Wash, where elephant trainer Sam Lockhart regularly took elephants to bathe. Walk the River Leam heritage trail to Mill Gardens , spotting swimmers and rowers on hot days. Enjoy the town's beauty from the water with a rowing boat from Leam Boat Centre .
Spot herons, kestrels and maybe deer at Newbold Comyn park, once farmland that’s now home to a sports centre and a pub.
Music and nightlife
Experience the continuously thriving culture and entertainment of Leamington Spa, a town with a long, rich history of the performing arts.
At the centre of it all is the Royal Spa Centre , a splendid 667-seat theatre with an impressive line-up of musicals, plays, pantos, operas and ballets. Enjoy everything from classic dramas to uproarious comedies in a more intimate space at the Loft Theatre Company with its cosy 200-seat auditorium.
Music lovers, get ready to be dazzled at the 1,000-capacity The Assembly Leamington , with its art deco flair and weekly lineup of bands, artists and comedians.
Close your eyes to soulful blues and folk at Temperance Art & Music cafe bar . This community space also hosts comedy, film, theatre, poetry and writing evenings. The harmonies continue at Bedford street , with a lineup of talented jazz, blues and funk bands. Sip original dishes and cocktails while losing yourself in rhythm.
For a more refined evening, enjoy LEIF , lovely tea rooms by day transformed into an elegant piano cocktail bar by night.
And for something completely different, add The Dice Box to your list of things to do - Leamington's premier board game café has a menu of 700 games for a playful evening.
Get your bags ready for Leamington Spa's shopping scene, a mix of quirky independent boutiques and top-tier brands, all set against the backdrop of elegant architecture.
Just a 10-minute walk from the station, your retail adventure kicks off on The Parade. Here, names like Marks & Spencer and Zara share the limelight with independent boutiques, offering trendy fashion, accessories, homeware and gifts.
Nearby, pedestrianised Regent Court is a foodie haven with chain restaurants and outdoor seating.
On Warwick Street, explore Berylune 's mini treasure trove and Thrills of the Emporium ’s unique homewares. Foodies love Warwick Street Kitchen and Aubrey Allen Butchers . Royal Priors Shopping Centre offers popular high street and designer stores.
Covent Garden Quarter’s monthly markets, also on Warwick Street, bustle with talented artisans, creators and bakers among independent shops and cafés.
As Christmas approaches, the Christmas Market twinkles every Sunday with over 80 artisan stalls, live music, rides and seasonal food and drink, and plenty of festive treats.
Leamington Spa (LMS)Address:
Old Warwick Road
Where do trains to Leamington Spa arrive and depart?
Trains to Leamington Spa arrive and depart at Leamington Spa station, which is conveniently located in the town centre.
Which train services run direct to Leamington Spa?
Take the train to Leamington Spa for a journey that is both comfy and convenient. Direct trains depart from Coventry and take approximately 15 minutes. Prices start from just £5.90 one-way.