On the surface the main the attraction would been to be the gardens and Royal Pump Rooms, attracting the coach trip crowd doing the quick trip via Warwick and Stratford-Upon-Avon. Lets start with one of the main attractions -The Royal Pump Rooms which now includes : Assembly rooms (generally has classical concerts, conferences, banquets etc.) I been to several classical events and a wedding reception, it is a very nice place. It also has a new Cafe open with terrace, Tourist information centre, Gift shop, Art gallery - works by 19th & 20th century artists, Museum -Interactive gallery & education room for the kids, Library including information technology suite. Opposite the Pump Rooms are Jephson Gardens, which regularly wins various Britian In Bloom awards. These gardens are undergoing a major revamp at the moment, but this does not mean they are closed. They have just closed off the area which are undergoing the initial work. The Gardens are the centre-piece of a sequence of 19th century parks beside the River Leam in Regency and Victorian Leamington Spa. The whole group is accorded a Grade II in the English Heritage Register of Historic Gardens. The Gardens themselves have long been famous for their floral displays, beautiful and unusual trees, fountains and quiet riverbanks. Another attractions include - The Royal Spa Centre. This includes a theatre and small cinema. The theatre has shows all year round from the likes of Ken Dodd, celebrity talks, tribute bands etc. Near the Pump Rooms is the small Loft Theatre. One of Britains premier little theatres with a strong reputation ofr the professional standard of productions For shopping there are the Royal Priors which is a shopping mall featuring all the usual outlets. The main shopping street, The Parade also has plenty of high street well know outlets. Lots of people from the area come to Leamington just for the shopping. There are also
plenty of good quality pubs (some with regular live music) and resturants. Lots of choice from Italian, French, Chineese, Indian (lots - mostly very good), vegeterian, fish and others. There is also a 4 screen cinema - Apollo 4. This is an old style converted cinema. The last time I went the film broke down !!! The south of the town is still has a rather run down feel, but there are great efforts to renovate this area. Lots of work has already taken place, the canal areas have all been re-developed, with new housing in the area. Overall Leamington is a very good base to visit the likes of Wariwck (5 mins by car) or Stratford (15 mins by car), and London is easily reachable via the M40 motorway.