Jephson Gardens

Formal Victorian park in Leamington Spa


Opening hours:
Open every day from 8am.

Closing times vary between 4pm and 9pm depending on the time of year.

See entrance gates for current closing times.

Postcode: CV32 4AA - Location map


What to see and do:

  • Glasshouse - interesting tropical plants and goldfish pond;
  • The Aviary Café – beautiful Victorian tea pavilion;
  • Jephson's event venue – weddings, conferences and celebrations;
  • Boating – from Leam Boat Centre, Mill Gardens;
  • South Lodge - ranger office and history display;
  • Flowers - colourful summer floral displays and mixed borders;
  • Trees – around 140 species of native and non-native trees;
  • Explore the developing sculpture collection;
  • Find memorials to past citizens of Leamington;
  • Feed ducks and geese on the lake;
  • Play area in Mill Gardens.

Other facilities:

  • Ranger service;
  • Toilets, disabled toilets and baby change;
  • All areas accessible by wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Please note:

  • Dogs must be kept on a lead in Jephson Gardens.  Dogs are not allowed in Mill Gardens play area;
  • No cycling in the Gardens.

Current Projects

Sensory Garden Tree planting in the Sensory Garden

The Sensory Garden is being redesigned and will be completed in late spring 2015. The garden will provide different ways to interact with the environment including sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste.

Most hard landscaping works have been completed, including bench installation and tree planting. Shrubs and scented flowering plants will be planted in the next stage.

East Lodge Garden

A joint project between the council, BID Leamington and Warwick and Leamington Beekeepers, the garden at East Lodge will be the permanent home for a gazebo which was created for the BID Leamington entry at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2014.

Planting will be insect-friendly and two beehives will be placed in the garden. Hard landscaping is underway and the project will be completed in late summer 2015.

History

First laid out in 1831 as informal riverside walks along the River Leam, the land was renamed Jephson Gardens and developed into formal pleasure grounds after 1846. They were named in honour of Dr Henry Jephson, a famous doctor who had promoted the town as a spa.

Originally the settling beds for the town’s water supply, Mill Gardens was landscaped as part of improvements to the River Leam in 1901-03, which created an improved riverside landscape.

Like many parks, Jephson Gardens and Mill Gardens fell into slow decline after World War II. They were restored by Warwick District Council in the early 2000s with help from a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of over £3 million.

Jephson Gardens and Mill Gardens are part of the Spa Gardens, a ribbon of riverside parks in Leamington that are listed as Grade II on the English Heritage register of historic parks and gardens.

How to get there:

  • Bike – bike racks on Newbold Terrace and outside East Lodge;
  • Bus – most services stop at the Lower Parade or the Parish Church. More on buses to parks;
  • Rail – 10-minutes walk from Leamington Spa station via Pump Room Gardens;
  • Car and motorcycle – on-street pay and display parking and disabled parking in Newbold Terrace and Newbold Street.  Other nearby car parking includes St Peters and Rosefield Street car parks.

Nearby

  • Royal Pump Rooms  – award winning art gallery and museum, tourist information, café, public library, events and functions;
  • Old Town trail, self-guided walk from the Royal Pump Rooms;
  • Events in Leamington Town Centre - See Royal Leamington Spa;
  • Churches – All Saints and St Peter’s, two magnificent Victorian interiors;
  • Regency town centre – shopping, pubs, restaurants;
  • Town walks - organised by Leamington History Group;
  • Riverside Walk , upstream to Newbold Comyn Park, downstream to Victoria Park and Warwick.

Contact us:

Jephson Gardens is maintained by Warwick District Council. Call 01926 353365 or email contract.services@warwickdc.gov.uk

Map

Keyboard accessible version of map