One visit to Leamington Spa, or Leam as it’s referred to by the locals, is enough to make you mutter “I could definitely live here…”. As far as weekend UK city breaks go, Leamington Spa is up there with the greats. After all, there’s a reason it was named the happiest place to live in Britain.

Here are our top 5 reasons why you need to visit the beautiful spa town of Leam and discover why everyone loves it so much.

  1. The Architecture

Leamington Spa is known for its stunning Regency architecture. Around every corner, you’ll be greeted with grand, white, square buildings which demand to be awed at. If you’re an architecture buff, you’ll notice that the majority of buildings in the town centre include a variety of early Victorian, Georgian and listed architecture, making each street more awe-inspiring than the next.

  1. The Food

The shopping and dining district of Regent Court is Leamington Spa’s newest installation, and ensures that you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to eateries in the town centre. Like a mini village set back from the Parade, you’ll find beloved indie spots such as Bar Angeli (the best coffee in town!), Zou Bisou and Wofon, or well-known favourites like Wagamama, Gusto and Yo! Sushi.

  1. The Art

Given Leamington’s inspiring buildings and lush greenery, it should come as no surprise that the town is a cornucopia of art and creativity. Spend the afternoon hopping from art gallery to art gallery down the Parade. The contemporary Whitewall Galleries is home to stunning original paintings, collectable editions and sculptures from leading artists, check out their upcoming events here.

  1. The Pump Rooms

The Royal Pump Rooms is a delightful building overflowing with history, which is now home to Leamington Spa’s public Art Gallery & Museum and Leamington Spa’s Library. The Pump Rooms is free to enter, be sure to check the calendar of events to visit your favourite exhibitions or concerts before you arrive!

  1. The Jephson Gardens

Jephson Gardens, opposite the Pump Rooms, is an oasis of green amongst a Victorian formal park created in 1846 in honour of Dr Henry Jephson, Leamington’s most famous doctor. The Jephson Gardens are renowned for their fountains, trees, sculptures and various entertainments, including the Sensory Garden, Glasshouse and East Lodge.

So, if spending the weekend eating delicious food, wandering through stunning parks and gazing at incredible architecture and art sounds like a great weekend, what are you waiting for? Spend a long weekend finding out for yourself why this beautiful town really is the happiest place in Britain.

Top tip: be sure to stay in The Regent Hotel Leamington Spa to ensure that you’re right in the centre!