Royal Leamington Spa & Stoneleigh Abbey
What I love about living in the Midlands is you're never too far from anywhere. This weekend we took an afternoon trip to the nearby town, Royal Leamington Spa and then on the way back, stopped in for a tea and a stroll around the beautiful Stoneleigh Abbey Estate.
LIGHT HISTORY OF ROYAL LEAMINGTON SPA
"A spa town, Royal Leamington Spa was a tiny village until about 1800."
Leamington rose to fame when it's mineral water springs were discovered in 1784 and the people started building Baths Houses. In 1814 ‘The Royal Pump Room and Baths’, were opened and claimed to cure disorders, such as gout and arthritis. LIGHT HISTORY OF STONELEIGH ABBEY A large country estate in Warwickshire, owned by Jane Austen's cousin. As a result she visited Stoneleigh Abbey often and based some of her stories on her time spent at the mansion.
NOT TO MISS IN LEAMIES
Jephson Gardens "Developed as formal pleasure grounds after 1846 in honour of Dr Henry Jephson, who had promoted the town as a spa."
Listed as Grade II on the English Heritage register of historic parks and gardens. Visit for a picnic or just a simple stroll. There is also a small tropical conservatory on site.
Pump Rooms & Gardens. It was the most famous of the baths opened in Leamington. The building now houses Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum, library, cafe and assembly rooms
RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATION There are over 60 pubs, restaurants, and bars in the centre of Leamington. Two places we would recommend:
Coffee Architects for brunch. Lovely coffee and cakes as well as eggs, sandwiches and pizza options for a satisfying brunch. The space is a bit small so do call ahead if you plan to go on the weekend. Closes at 2pm.
Swirls for Italian gelato. Lots of flavours to choose from. In English summer it's the perfect treat.
WHAT TO DO AT STONELEIGH ABBEY
Tour the mansion. There are a variety of tours offered at the mansion including a Jane Austen tour at 1pm (Tues-Sunday). "The tour is led by a guide in costume and includes readings from original letters and Jane Austen’s written works."
Relax in the Orangery. Enjoy cream tea (tea and scones) whilst overlooking the River Avon.
Walk off your indulgence by taking a long walk around the woodsy paths and fields around grounds.
GETTING THERE: LEAMINGTON
Leamington is about two hours from London. It is only 5 miles from junctions 13 and 14 of the M40, 4 miles from the A46 and 11 miles from the M45.BY RAIL
The train station is a short walk from the town centre. There are direct links to: Coventry – 11 minutes Birmingham International – 21 minutes Birmingham – 25 minutesLondon Marylebone - 1 hour and 15 minutesBY BUS
GETTING THERE: STONELEIGH ABBEY
BY CAR "Located just off of the A46 on the B4115. Head southbound from the A45/A46 junction along the A46. Take the first exit signed Stoneleigh/Warwick Arts Centre.
Turn left signed Stoneleigh & then in 100m turn right at the crossroads signed B4115 Stoneleigh Abbey & Ashow. In 1.5 miles, the Abbey is signed as a left turn.
Note that there is no access to Stoneleigh Abbey from Stoneleigh Park.
If your'e coming from Leamington Spa, put Stoneleigh Abbey into your SAT NAV, it's a 10 minutes drive. Make sure you enter from B4115. To receive updates on our latest posts SUBSCRIBE on the main page.