A striking 19th century landmark that was built in a much older Gothic style (specifically, the French Gothic theme), All Saints Church appears more like a grand cathedral than a parish church. It's in the Regency town of Royal Leamington Spa, which also has a fantastic range of hotels offering free WiFi, free parking and immaculate accommodation.
A History of All Saints Church
The building replaced an earlier church that had stood since the Middle Ages, when this area of Warwickshire was mostly forest. When the present structure was completed in the early Victorian period, Royal Leamington Spa had become a spa centre for the rich, who were responsible for the town centre's particularly grand appearance.
Indeed, before it became widely renowned for its healing waters, the settlement was known as Leamington Priors, and inherited its royal status following a visit from Queen Victoria in 1838. Today, All Saints Church is one of more than 20,000 buildings in England to be granted Grade II-Listed status, which means it has special architectural or historic significance. It's very close to the charming Episode Hotel, a perfect venue for people visiting the town for leisure or business purposes, and is within easy reach of the very affordable Days Inn Warwick North near J12 off the M40.
What to See at the Church
The church organises regular concerts, workshops and fairs throughout the year, the most notable of which is its annual Arts Festival. Visitors can admire the building's intricate interior and observe its spectacular religious art and beautifully crafted sculptures.
Other Places and Hotels near All Saints Church
If you're keen to find out more about the town's eventful history, spend some time at the Royal Pump Rooms, where you can browse an impressive art collection and find out how this community evolved into a popular retreat by the late Georgian era. The town is also home to the picturesque Jephson Gardens and Victoria Park, and is only a short drive from magnificent Warwick Castle, which is one of England's leading visitor attractions and is within easy reach of plenty of affordable and deluxe hotels.