Top 10 Things About Living in Leamington Spa

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Leamington Spa has been voted as one of the top-ten happiest places to live in the UK and has become known as a hub for the creative industries in recent years. 

Our brand-new SAE Leamington Spa campus opened in September 2023, bringing our expertise and high-tech facilities to the Midlands. 

Get in contact to find out more about the courses we offer and get to know more about what is going on in Leamington in our guide below… 

The Royal Pump Rooms

The Royal Pump Rooms is one of the most well-known cultural attractions in the town and was opened when Leamington was first attracting visitors as a spa resort during the nineteenth century.

The building is home to the Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum which features an extensive collection of arts, crafts and sculpture, including pieces by Damian Hirst and Terry Atkinson.

UK Gaming Hub 

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SAE offers courses focusing on Games and Content Creation and Online Marketing in response to Leamington Spa’s burgeoning reputation as a hub for the creative industries.

Known as ‘Silicon Spa’, the town is home to a number of innovative businesses – Codemasters, Ubisoft and Playground all call it home.

According to Wired, one in every 50 people in Leamington works for a games developer, and the industry contributes over £100m to local GDP. It is one of the best places in the country to launch a career in the sector. 

The Assembly

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If you’re after a live music fix, then The Assembly in Leamington Spa is a great place to start.

Built in 1926 and originally called The Bath Assembly Hall, the venue was a setting for balls and dances before becoming a destination for artists touring up and down the UK.

Previous performers have included The Stranglers, Soul II Soul and Goldfrapp while future gigs are expected from the Wedding Present and many more.

Jephson Gardens 

Located in the centre of Leamington Spa, Jephson Gardens is an ideal spot if you’re looking for a relaxing stroll or just to get some headspace away from your studies.

The park has been around for 200 years and was historically somewhere to be seen by local aristocrats. It’s regularly been voted as one of the best gardens in the UK and can be found next to the River Leam.

Regency Architecture

Regency architecture includes many structures built during the early 19th century when George IV was on the throne. Leamington Spa has many fine examples of this including parts of the Parade, Clarendon Square and Lansdowne Circus.

There are a variety of Georgian and early Victorian architecture, and listed buildings that make Leamington a very picturesque place to live and work too.

Woodbine Street Recording Studios 

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Opening its doors in 1977, Woodbine Street Recording Studios is a popular residential spaces for musicians, artists and producers.

An initial incarnation was established by John Rivers who converted the basement of his terrace house into a studio. This is where the Specials recorded their iconic, Ghost Town.

The studio was moved to St Mary’s Crescent in Leamington Spa and retained its name. Since then, it has welcomed bands including Ocean Colour Scene, Felt, Denim and many more to record.

Victoria Park 

There are no shortage of green spaces in Leamington Spa and Victoria Park is another great spot for students to relax and unwind.

Opened to mark Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1899, it features a skate park, tennis courts and paddling pool and even hosted the Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bowling event back in 2022.

The Fold

The Fold

Perhaps we’re slightly biased as this is where we’re based but The Fold is a brilliant space for creativity, inspiration and education.

The Fold is situated in the refurbished Grade II listed United Reformed Church on Spencer Street, which contains a green screen studio, foley suite and sound suite with attached VO room, multiple meeting rooms, networking and co-working spaces, and a members’ club along with office space for leading independent marketing group Cogent 


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Located just a 15 minute drive away, Warwick is another beautiful Midlands town well worth a visit by anyone living in Leamington Spa.

The castle is a glorious centre-piece, a medieval building developed from a wooden fort by William the Conqueror and dates back to the 11th century.

There’s plenty of other tourist attractions in terms of eating out and shopping opportunities too.

River Leam 

For those looking to stretch their legs and walk from Leamington Spa to Warwick, then taking the route along the side of River Leam can be a great way to do it.

This riverside walk includes various sites too, including Jephson Gardens, the Royal Pump Rooms, Victoria Park and St Nicholas Park.

Study at SAE leamington spa

Whether you want to work in Film Production, Audio Production, Game Development or Content Creation, there are many different opportunities to elevate your career in the creative industries at SAE Leamington Spa.

Our degrees will provide you with the skills, experience and knowledge to succeed at the highest level.”>Get in touch with our team to find out more.

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