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
Parking: Newbold Terrace and Newbold Street (some pay-and-display, some free). Car parks include St Peters and Rosefield Street.
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Jephson Memorial and Czech Fountain
The Sensory Garden
The Aviary Cafe
Jephson's event venue
Jephson Gardens is a beautiful formal Victorian park in the centre of Leamington Spa. It's the perfect place for a relaxing stroll or family picnic. Lots of colourful flowerbeds and interesting sculptures make for a great day out.
Jephson Gardens and Mill Gardens have won both the Green Flag Award and Green Heritage Site Accreditation every year since 2006.
In partnership with our grounds maintenance contractors ID Verde, Jephson Gardens won a BALI National Landscape Award in 2015 for high horticultural standards and design.
In 2016, the gardens achieved two special awards. They were one of 19 parks nationally to be presented with a Bees' Needs Award, in recognition of recent work done to help pollinators throughout the park. Additionally, the Sensory Garden was one of 15 projects nationally to receive a Special Award for Innovation. This recognised the positive impact that the 2015 redesign of the Sensory Garden had on the park and the local community.
What to see and do
- Glasshouse - interesting tropical plants, goldfish pond and observation beehive
- The Aviary Café – beautiful Victorian tea pavilion
- Jephson's event venue – weddings, conferences and celebrations
- Leam Boat Centre - boating in Mill Gardens
- The Sensory Garden - taste garden, mirrored arch and colourful planting
- East Lodge - art studio run by Leamington Studio Artists
- East Lodge Garden - beehive with insect-friendly planting and gazebo from Chelsea Flower Show
- Trees – around 140 species of native and non-native trees
- Formal flowerbeds - colourful summer and winter bedding displays
- Explore the sculpture collection and find the rhino, dragon and hedgehog
- Watch ducks and geese on the lake
- Play area in Mill Gardens.
- Ranger service
- Toilets, disabled toilets and baby change
- All areas accessible by wheelchairs and pushchairs.
Dogs and cycling
- Dogs must be kept on a lead in Jephson Gardens
- Dogs are not allowed in Mill Gardens play area
- No cycling in Jephson Gardens.
Warwick and Leamington Beekeepers are creating a video about bees and beekeeping. When complete, it will be on show in the Glasshouse. The video will highlight the importance of bees and inform our visitors about the beehives in the Glasshouse and East Lodge Garden.
The Friends of the Czechslovak Memorial Fountain are raising funds for the restoration of the Czech Memorial in Jephson Gardens. A booklet telling the story behind the fountain is available in the Aviary Café and from Leamington History Group. All proceeds go towards the restoration fund.
Around 250 children from ten local schools grew mini pumpkins for our Sensory Garden this year. Warwick District Council gave out 50 free plant plugs, along with pots and compost, to the schools. The schools looked after the plants and then visited Jephson Gardens to plant them. Over 200 pumpkins were harvested and the children used them to make pumpkin soup, pumpkin bread and for Halloween decorations.
First laid out in 1831 as informal riverside walks along the River Leam, the land was renamed Jephson Gardens and developed into formal gardens 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.
Jephson Gardens has two buildings available for hire; North Lodge and South Lodge. Located at the Parade entrance, the lodges are the perfect location for art displays and small meetings. Additionally, the Studio in the Glasshouse is a great base for visiting school groups, running craft activity sessions, and art residencies. Contact us using the details below find out more.
How to get there:
- Bike – bike racks on Newbold Terrace and outside East Lodge
- Bus routes
- Rail – 10-minutes walk from Leamington Spa station via Pump Room Gardens.
- 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.
Parks maintenance - contact us