Since the 18th century Leamington has been a popular tourist destination, with thousands flocking to bathe in its mineral rich, salty springs, considered to have medicinal qualities.
With healthy living still a hot topic, we went to Leamington Spa in search of local hidden gems that can help to make us feel good, and don’t cost the earth.
Check out the video to see what we got up to on our latest Midlands Marvels adventure. For more information on planning your own visit, just carry on reading below.
Getting to Leamington Spa is easy with National Express Coventry. Our 11 service runs from Pool Meadow, Coventry via The University of Warwick and Kenilworth, with buses running up to every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes.
If like us you don’t often have spare change, don’t worry, we accept contactless payments on all our buses. If you travel using contactless this New Year you’ll find it’s on sale too, with 10p off all adult single and day ticket fares.
New to contactless? Just tap your contactless card or smartphone on the reader when you board your first bus, and we'll charge you for a single journey. You won't be issued a ticket so once you've heard the beep, go and find a seat. If you get on any more buses on the same day, just do the same on each bus and we'll only ever charge you the same as a day ticket.
We found that Leamington has plenty of things to do and is a perfect escape from modern city living, with lots of lush green spaces and great spots for a bite to eat.
Our first stop was Jephson Gardens which was first opened in the 1830s and at the time was the go-to place for Leamington’s elite to get some fresh air.
Nowadays the gardens are open to everyone and consist of 14.6 acres of parkland, with its boating lake and Grade II listed Czech Memorial Fountain among some of its most loved features.
The gardens are ideal for you to stretch your legs and go for a walk, jog or even a run, with plenty of space to explore and picturesque views galore.
If you’re a nature lover then located within Jephson Gardens is The Glasshouse, home to a number of sub-tropical exotic plants. It’s free to enter and is an opportunity to discover Leamington’s own urban jungle. What’s not to love?
After all that outdoor activity, we found we were in need of a hot drink and some lunch, when we came across Procaffeinate. The cafe’s Leamington born, self confessed coffee addict owner serves up their own blend of coffee, as well as stocking a range of tea and hot drinks. If your stomach’s rumbling then check out their menu which is full of light bites and fresh delicious treats, with plenty of options for vegetarians, vegans and the health conscious.
On the way home, relax on our brand new Platinum vehicles which went into service on our 11 route in December 2018. Stretch out with extra leg room, make the most of the free wifi and re-charge your phone USB charging points, all for not extra cost.