Leamington Spa Info
Royal Leamington Spa is a town in south Warwickshire, with the river Leam running from east to west through the centre. Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare's birthplace, lies southwest of Leamington Spa, on the Warwick Road. The spa opened in 1814 and is reputed to have benefitted many people suffering from various ailments, who bathed in its warm mineral waters.
A restoration project of The Royal Pump Rooms has seen them immortalised in the Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum. Situated on The Parade, Leamington's main shopping street, this cultural centre offers visitors a comprehensive history of one of Queen Victoria's favourite towns. Jephson Gardens allude to a more genteel era and these Grade II listed gardens have also had an extreme make-over; any visit should include a stroll around the sensory garden and the glasshouse, perhaps with a dining break in the riverside restaurant and sympathetically restored Victorian tea-room.
The Loft Theatre Company, on Victoria Colonnade, has been entertaining audiences since 1922; the company is a professional member of the Little Theatre Guild of Great Britain.
Leamington Cycling and Athletic Club specialises in these two sports, while Warwick District Council maintains the nearby Newbold Comyn Leisure Centre.
Leamington Spa has always had foundries, ever since the canal opened in 1799, which enabled the transport of heavy cargo; the manufacture of cast-iron stoves was a primary industry. The Eagle Foundry, circa 1851, carries on that tradition with its 'Rangemasters'. Diversity is the name of the game and this spa town is known as 'Silicon Spa' for its contribution to the video gaming business.