Top 5 places to call home in the United Kingdom and why..
1. New Forest, Hampshire:
First on the list with over 150 square miles of ancient land, the New Forest provides its residents with exquisite scenery. With a national trust status, the freely roaming cattles, horses and donkeys give the area an old-world feel. The breath-taking landscapes are protected by the National Trust and traditional rights. For the locals and visitors to the area the New Forest is a leisure destination fit for riders, walkers, cyclists and those who enjoy visiting old-fashioned, quaint villages. The locals have a grand choice of attractions to choose from, perfect for families with children. These include museums, tea rooms and gardens.
2. York, Yorkshire:
Riddled with history and medieval buildings, our number 2, York, makes for an interesting and authentic part of the country to live. With a mixture of bustling city life and pretty Yorkshire villages, York offers the best of both worlds for its residents. York is the perfect place for those commuting in and out of the city as the East Coast Main Line sits right near it, allowing easy travel for all across the entire UK. If York’s stunning scenery, fantastic shopping, restaurants and low crime rate wasn’t enough to sway a potential move there, this just might: With the right direction of wind, the closely located Nestle chocolate factory blows the smell of chocolate right over the city. What more could you want?
3. Norfolk, East Anglia:
In 2014, research estimated that over 3million tourists visited Norfolk, and it’s no wonder why it has been placed third on our list. With Norfolk being largely rural countryside, it provides the perfect picturesque scenery for holidaymakers and locals alike. It boasts the famous Norfolk Broads, a sequence of rivers and lakes, so called ‘Britain’s Magical Waterland’. The county is steeped in history and claims beautiful coastlines that vary from the hustle and bustle of Great Yarmouth to the sunset viewing capital Hunstanton. For the lucky 877,700 who live there, not only do they have the tourist attraction side of their county to enjoy but also their culture. Those with a creative or educational flare can bask in the knowledge that Norwich is England’s only UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) City of Literature.
4. Cornwall, South West England:
Number 4 is Cornwall, with its 300 mile spectacular coastline that brings a little bit of everything for all of its locals. Whether walking, running, surfing or relaxing by a beach is your way of spending down time, Cornwall supplies just that. Although Cornwall has more to offer than just its sandy beaches. The natural moorlands and heathland house a number of creatures and critters, perfect for those who are at one with nature. As well as breathtakingly beautiful scenery, Cornwall’s residents host an array of festivals and produce delicious local foods and wine. A tight knit community where everyone knows everyone, they don’t shy away from helping one another create successful independent businesses. And just as an extra benefit of living in Cornwall, they all have superfast broadband following being the first place in the UK too ever trial it.
5. Bath, Somerset:
Bath, which sits in at number 5, is an elegant and wonderfully historic city that prides itself on its sublime architecture and antiquity. Bath’s residents have a choice of Ofsted graded ‘outstanding’ schools and great transport facilities for those commuting in and out of the city or for those visiting. Depending on where you live in the city, a quick trip to the shop is entertained by the sights of Bath’s iconic archaic buildings. On Bath’s doorstep are a selection of family attractions to visit such as Longleat Safari Park, Thermae Bath Spa, Roman Baths and the Jane Austen Centre. A city full of culture, Bath is the perfect place for those who are interested in its history and evolution to reside.
Article by Laura Gooderham