The pretty town with scenic parks and independent shops named one of UK’s ‘most underrated’

Royal Leamington Spa is said to be ideal for an “off-beat, under-the-radar, small town experience”

leading global travel website has made a claim that won’t be seen as especially bold by people in a Warwickshire town. has published the kind of assertion Royal Leamington Spa residents have been saying for years.

Namely, that the scenic spa town is one of the most underrated in the whole of the UK. The site selected Leamington alongside Royal Tunbridge Wells, Weymouth, Bury St Edmunds, Perth and Merthyr Tydfil as the best spots for ‘an off-beat, under-the-radar, small-town experience in the United Kingdom‘.

The Warwickshire town was picked out as ‘a fun day trip or overnight getaway’. “Given the “Royal” designation by Queen Victoria in 1838 for its popularity as a spa town, top attractions include the Royal Pump Rooms, a historic spa building that today houses the Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum,” the site says.

“In addition to its displays relating to local history, art, and the significance of the town’s spa heritage, it is also home to the Pump Room Gardens, a popular spot for a stroll or a picnic. Other attractions in Leamington Spa include Jephson Gardens, a beautifully maintained Victorian-era park featuring exotic trees and plants, a lake, and a glasshouse with tropical plants and birds.

“Take in a stroll along the Georgian-era Parade, a bustling thoroughfare lined with shops, cafés, and restaurants. Leamington Spa also offers easy access to historic Warwick Castle, a short drive.

Some of Leamington’s most appealing qualities weren’t actually listed in the article. There was no mention of its regency architecture, thriving independent shopping scene, its status as a gaming production capital or its vibrant nightlife, as has been highlighted by some in the know.

The spa town’s many attractions have clearly not been lost on leading toy and games firm Hasbro which released a Leamington edition of Monopoly last year. Leamington Mayor, Councillor Alan Boad, was “delighted” by the move saying it would “put the town I proudly serve squarely on the Monopoly map”.