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Revealed: The UK’s Best Cities for Creative Professionals

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Jobs in the creative industries currently represent around 7% of the UK workforce. Living in a city that supports creativity can significantly enhance the ability to thrive and produce innovative work for creative individuals. But which cities are the most inspiring?

Adobe Express decided to take a closer look and uncover the best cities for creatives in the UK.

To create a ranking, Adobe Express compared 25 UK cities, looking into factors such as the number of art galleries & museums, creative festivals & events, the number of art schools, the volume of theatres and the number of jobs listed in the creative field.

These are the UK’s top 15 cities for creative minds

Rank

CityNumber of museumsNumber of art galleriesNumber of theatresArt schoolsEvents and festivalsCreative jobs

Total Score

1

Brighton and Hove

5.9626.067.45251370185

3.589

2

London

2.012.292.0211015214814

3.282

3

Edinburgh

9.6310.454.7178319108

2.844

4

Manchester

2.564.752.9265815882

1.910

5

Leicester

2.751.381.57361749346

1.785

6

Coventry

3.030.551.38241782678

1.735

7

Derby

3.331.481.1175975268

1.666

8

Bournemouth

1.602.131.60591021181

1.431

9

Belfast

5.228.122.9014359121

1.429

10

Bradford

4.773.072.3912804436

1.425

11

Glasgow

5.916.553.199266147

1.392

12

Liverpool

3.903.122.3425758326

1.391

13

Sheffield

1.743.471.7455841247

1.386

14

Bristol

2.973.392.1222659297

1.173

15

Birmingham

0.720.750.62451067647

1.130

Brighton and Hove revealed as the most creative city

Brighton and Hove lands in first place, with an unrivalled number of more than 26 art galleries per 100,000 people. Brighton and Hove’s creative spirit flourishes along its vibrant seafront, attracting artists, musicians, and writers to its eclectic mix of galleries, theatres, and music venues.

England’s capital takes second place

Surprisingly, not in first but in second place, is the English capital London, which offers the highest number of creative jobs in the ranking. London’s dynamic creative industry, encompassing fashion, film, and technology, thrives amid its iconic landmarks and diverse neighbourhoods, making it a global powerhouse of innovation and artistic expression.

Edinburgh ranks as the third-best city for creative minds

Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, ranks third, with more than 9 museums per 100,000 people and 78 art schools. Edinburgh’s historic charm and cultural heritage inspire a thriving creative community, with its festivals, theatres, and artistic institutions contributing to its reputation as a UNESCO City of Literature and a beacon of creativity in Scotland.

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