Since the 1780s Leamington Spa was one of the places where the wealthy would “take the waters” for their health. In 1814 the Royal Pump Rooms and Baths was officially opened becoming the largest and most prestigious of all the spas in Leamington.
A friend and I picked Leamington Spa in Warwickshire as a good day trip location roughly half-way between where we each live. Our first stop was to wander around Jephson Gardens. Around five minutes from the train station the gardens, which are named for Dr Henry Jephson who promoted the town as a spa destination, were created in 1831 and have been a popular attraction ever since.
Leamington Spa Railway Station was opened by the Great Western Railway in 1852 but this Art Deco designed station replaced it in 1939 and the station was Grade II listed in 2003.
Charlecote Park is an impressive 16th century National Trust property on the banks of the River Avon in Warwickshire. Not only are the interiors beautifully decorated, but it is surrounded by a deer park where we were fortunate to get quite close to the deer, and the River Avon is literally on its door step.
On a spectacularly sunny day in June a friend and I travelled to Ryton Organic Gardens, near Coventry. She’d heard about the gardens because of the on site vegetarian/vegan café and we thought it would make for a good day out.
On one of my recent outings I had to change from a train to a bus in Rugby and found myself with roughly half an hour to spare. Taking a short walk from the bus stop I spotted St Andrew’s Church and decided to pop inside.
One of the main attractions of Kenilworth Castle is the reconstructed Elizabethan garden. They have a remarkable history of their own, set aside from that of the castle. Lost for more than 400 years, the garden which Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, created for Elizabeth I has been recreated to its former glory by English Heritage. It is the first ever recreation of an Elizabethan garden on such a scale and as you’ll see, they have done a quite remarkable job.
On a fantastically sunny day in June I decided to head out to Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire. It’s an English Heritage property that had been on my radar for a while because of the reputation of its reconstructed Elizabethan garden and because it had been some time since I’d paid a visit to some proper ruins. In the end it proved to be even more spectacular than I had imagined.
As well as the lovely gardens, discussed here, and the Court itself, discussed here, there are also two churches in the grounds of Coughton Court – the Church of England Church of St. Peter and the Roman Catholic Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Elizabeth. Ironically, given the fact that the Throckmorton’s, who still live there, are renowned for their Catholicism, we were informed by one of the guides that the Catholic and Church of England churches essentially swapped places, so many of the Catholics are now buried in a Church of England graveyard.
As per my previous post here, I recently (and by recently I mean more than a few months ago!) took a trip to Coughton Court. As well as the house itself, which is very impressive, there are also extensive gardens to explore. The current Throckmorton and her daughter have designed the layout together, keeping in mind the historic design of the gardens, but also creating new and interesting spaces. While I visited for example there were art sculptures on display and for sale (at pretty high prices, it has to be said!) throughout the gardens which made exploring them even more interesting.