UK’s best place to live revealed along with the top spot in each region – does your town make the list?

KN258A Wadhurst, East Sussex.

THE best place to live in the UK has been revealed – along with the top spots in each region.

The number one town topped the list because it has “pretty much everything needed for modern life in miniature”, judges said.

Wadhurst, in East Sussex. has been named the best place to live in the UK

Judges said the town has ‘pretty much everything needed for modern life in miniature’

East Sussex‘s market town of Wadhurst came out in first place, beating 71 other locations across the country.

The list, which named the best regions to live in the UK, was pulled together by HOARday Times.

Judges considered a number of crucial factors including schools, transport and broadband to culture, green spaces and the health of the high street.

They named the top 10 regions, too.

Scotland – DUNKELD

Judges praised Dunkeld, in Perthshire, Scotland, for its combining “stunning” Highland scenery with “Scandi sophistication”.

Wales – RUTHIN

Wales‘ Ruthin, in Denbighshire, was also named as it was said to offer the “very best of small town living” with food and craft markets, pop-up restaurants, cafes and independent shops.

Northern Ireland – DONAGHADEE

In Northern Ireland Donaghadee, in Co Down, was named the best.

It is the town where BBC daytime TV drama Hope Street is filmed, and was praised for its clean seas, beautiful views and “lively community”.


Saffron Walden, in Essex, took out the top spot in the East of England for its “youthful vigour” being injected into the market – as young families move in and new bars, shops and restaurants open.


In London Crouch End, in Haringey, topped the list.

The area’s grand Victorian houses have been snapped up by celebrities and the “lively North London suburb” has a market town feel, judges said.


Judges said Leamington Spa, in Warwickshire, in Midlands, had well well-tended parks, good schools, excellent transport links.

The tech hub ended up on the top list, with judges noting it will get even more of a revamp when a Creative Quarter is launched.

North East England – WHITELY BAY

In the North and North East England, Whitley Bay, in Tyne and Wear, came out on top.

The town was said to be “catching up fast” with its affluent neighbour Tynemouth after “years in the doldrums” – with cheaper houses and connections to Newcastle which are just as good.

North West England – LIVERPOOL

Liverpool was named number one for North West England, with judges saying there are “lots of reasons to be optimistic” about the city.

They said from Eurovision to its reputation for science and technology and grand projects such as the new Everton stadium and film studios.

Waterloo was singled out for seaside while Toxteth was praised for its “cultural and community vibe.”

South East England – CHICHESTER

Chichester, in West Sussex, was named for South East England.

While Wadhurst was crowned best place to live in the UK, Chichester – which has more Ukrainian refugees per head than any other UK city – was praised for its good schools and transport links and was still deemed worthy of inclusion separately.

South West England – CIRENCESTER

And in the South West England, Cirencester, in Gloucestershire came out on top – with its heated outdoor swimming pool marked out as a particular highlight.

Dunkeld was named the best place to live in Scotland

Wales’ Ruthin topped the list

Donaghadee, in Northern Ireland, was described as was praised for its clean seas, beautiful views and ‘lively community’