While packing your bags for a holiday in Shakespeare Country, one place you should never miss is Royal Leamington Spa. This fashionable and elegant town is situated in the heart of South Warwickshire. It has been a major tourist magnet with its Victorian and Georgian architecture, tree-lined avenues and squares and glorious gardens.
Another thing worth-noting about Leamington Spa is that it holds a good reputation for shopping, within easy reach of many excellent Leamington Spa hotels.
Shopping spots are normally ranging from small independently run shops – that offer unusual and exciting goods to larger stores – that offer a wide range of products.
Additionally, you can find some boutiques selling designer labels to high street fashion favourites. This guide will have the information that would help you further enjoy your dream trip to the Royal Leamington Spa.
Leamington Spa Hotels and Accommodation
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Whether you want to stay in a good holiday cottage or a luxury hotel, Royal Leamington Spa has a great variety of quality accommodation. If you go for an extravagant Leamington stay, The Adams Hotel can give you a high quality service combined with a refreshing and friendly atmosphere. Built in the year 1827, this Leamington Spa Hotel is situated in one of the town’s grandest streets. Normal rates range from £70/night.
Another good choice is Mallory Court Hotel – which is one of the region’s finest hotels. Set in 10 acres of English grounds, this stunning manor house epitomizes the quintessential English Country House Hotel. The Mallory Court Hotel also, houses the award-winning cuisine of Simon Haigh. Room rates are ranging from from £99/night.
For the tight-budgeted traveler, Leamington Spa also offers some great affordable hotels. You can try the well-furnished Thomas James Hotel where the rate starts at £49/night and Victoria Park Hotel Leamington Spa, with rates around £57/night.
Things to do in Leamington Spa
There are many things to venture out at Leamington Spa. With its wonderful Georgian and Victorian parks and buildings, it can be very difficult not to take some relaxed afternoon strolls around the area. The shopping market of the town stands out, with both its large department stores and many independent shops and boutiques being true tourist magnets.
Also, don’t miss having a sample of the famous spa water available in the Royal Pump Rooms. Then, you may visit straight ahead the award-winning Jephsons Gardens for a quiet stroll. You may even hire a boat from The Leam Boat Centre and have some great Leamington afternoon!
Where to Eat
In terms of gastronomy, Leamington Spa’s featured cuisines are adored by its tourists. The Style Fish and Chip Shop is known to offer the tastiest fish in chips – some even with beef drippings! If you prefer some good French cuisine plus fine wine, better head at Amor’s located at 15 Dormer Place.
For an oriental food and beer, the Been Bar + Restaurant is the best choice. For those who prefer to have some Indian food for dinner, try dining at The Bombay Restaurant in Regent Street.
When to Go
Although Leamington Spa is a great place to visit at any time of the year, we would suggest you to visit this town during the warmer months of May-September. This time of the year, you can enjoy more the outdoor activities available in the area and its surrounding towns such as dining at the local restaurants, strolling at parks or go boating.
If you want a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere, then try to avoid peak summer season as most Leamington Spa hotels, tend to be very busy and the surrounded areas will be over crowded by tourists, also visiting the nearby historic towns of Stratford upon Avon and Warwick.
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