The Parade, Leamington Spa CV32 4AB
Just east of Warwick, you will find Leamington Spa, home to the Royal Pump and Baths. This grade II listed building is the greatest of Leamington Spa’s famous Victorian baths and spas. Today, the Pump Rooms contain a museum, public library, tourist information centre and café.
At the height of its popularity in the 1800s, the Royal Pump Rooms were huge. The wings at the north and south end the building were 166 feet long and held 17 hot baths and 3 cold baths. People would visit from all over Europe to enjoy “taking the waters” at Leamington Spa’s healing springs.
By the end of the 1800s, the Pump Rooms were in decline. It couldn’t make a profit and eventually passed into the hands of the public sector, who have looked after it ever since.
The former hydrotherapy pool is now an art gallery. It shows fine and decorative art works selected from the paintings, ceramics, sculpture and glass collections.
The local history gallery provides you with a wealth of interesting history about Leamington Spa and its heyday as a resort. Items on display include medical equipment formerly used in the building for hydrotherapy and physiotherapy treatments.
The public library is located in the former swimming pool. This large, airy space is also used for local community events and activities.
During your visit, don’t forget to visit the café attached to the library. It serves a range of hot and cold refreshments, as well as light snacks.
The Royal Pump Rooms is located at the southern end of the Pump Room Gardens and opposite the historic landscaped Jephson Gardens. The building occupies a landmark site at the bottom of The Parade, which connects Leamington’s New Town to the Old Town on the south bank of the river Leam.