Today Leamington is a busy regional centre and a popular residential town. The beauty of its Regency architecture and extensive gardens attracts year-round visitors. The many students from neighbouring universities who have chosen to live here also make an important contribution to local life.
Leamington offers an extensive range of shopping opportunities, both in the major high street stores and the many independent small shops, attracts visitors and residents.
Cafes, bars and restaurants offer an international cuisine as a respite from shopping or for an evening out. In the town centre and in the Pump Room Gardens markets and fairs are held all the year round.
A lively cultural scene adds to the interest of the town. Music for all tastes ranges from standing-room only concerts in the Assembly, to choirs and renowned chamber ensembles and children’s concerts in the Spa Centre. The Art Gallery and Museum has an interesting permanent collection and houses many touring exhibitions. Independent galleries also flourish. There is a cinema and theatre within walking distance of the town centre.
The railway station is within easy walking distance of the centre, with frequent direct services to London and Birmingham by Chiltern Railways and from the south coast to the north east and north west by Cross Country
Leamington is well connected by road, rail and also water. The River Leam flows though the centre of the town and to the south the Grand Union canal provides opportunities for walking, cycling and for travel by narrowboat throughout the canal system. The popularity of this can be seen by experiencing the boat and towpath traffic during holiday periods.
And the future ?
Leamington is set to remain a thriving town. A transformation of the Pump Room Gardens is under way, following a million pound grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The bandstand is being completely restored, new flower beds will be planted and more seating provided. A year-round programme of events is scheduled to follow the completion of the work.
Plans for the redevelopment of areas of the Old Town are also advanced, providing a Creative Quarter as a base for the increasing number of creative industries located in the town.
Also known as Silicon Spa, Leamington is at the heart of the Digital Media industry. In 2016, it was listed as the only creative cluster in the UK to be located in the West Midlands.