Visit Royal Leamington Spa and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. This town of about 50,000 inhabitants owes its being to the passion for taking the waters which was at its fashionable height in the late 18th and early 19th century. It followed in the wake of Bath and was contemporaneous with Matlock and Buxton. Camden had in fact discovered the curative qualities of its waters in 1586 but it was only in 1786 that William Abbots built the first Spa Bath.
Dr Henry Jephson, a brilliant physician who received Queen Victoria in 1838, was really responsible for the planning of the town as it is today, and gained it its royal prefix. The Pump Room dates from 1814 but was rebuilt in 1925. All the lovely Georgian, Regency and early Victorian terraced houses are to be found on the north side of the River Learn crossed by the Victoria Bridge. Lansdowne Crescent, where Nathaniel Hawthorne lived at No. 10, and Newbold Terrace can compare with the Bath streets and crescents. Napoleon III lived at No. 4 Clarendon Square for a while after the débãcle of 1870. The Jephson Gardens were laid out as a memorial to the town's great benefactor, whose foresight had drawn to Leamington Spa not only the Queen but the Duke of Wellington, Longfellow and Sarah Bernhardt, and many more of the famous and the great, to take its waters. These gardens along the River Leam remain a popular place of promenade. The Church of All Saints was built in rather pretentious French Gothic style between 1843 and 1869, though it possesses, through benefactors, some good Tudor and 17th-century plate.
Nearby cities: Birmingham, Coventry
Nearby towns: Banbury, Kenilworth, Southam, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick
Nearby villages: Ashow, Baginton, Bishops Tachbrook, Bubbenhall, Grove Park, Guys Cliffe, Harbury, Hatton, Leek Wootton, Lillington, Milverton, Offchurch, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Sherbourne, Stoneleigh, Ufton, Whitnash
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- a Royal Leamington Spa bed and breakfast (a Royal Leamington Spa B&B or Royal Leamington Spa b and b)
- a Royal Leamington Spa guesthouse
- a Royal Leamington Spa hotel (or motel)
- a Royal Leamington Spa self-catering establishment, or
- other Royal Leamington Spa accommodation