Wadhurst, East Sussex, has been named as the Best Place to Live 2023 by The Sunday Times.
This guide is a celebration of towns, cities and villages that are each a fantastic place to live in 2023 from Orkney to Felixstowe, the Chew Valley to Manchester city centre. Whether you’re downsizing, trading up or getting onto the property ladder, there will be somewhere to suit you.
This year’s guide features more new entries than ever before. The locations making their debuts include Poundbury, the village on the edge of Dorchester planned by King Charles, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Critics at the time called it a toy town and a feudal Disneyland, but The Sunday Times critics say that its affordable homes, renewable energy and emphasis on walkability suggest that it was ahead of its time.
The debutants also include a selection of improving seaside towns, including Folkestone in Kent, Barmouth in Wales, Felixstowe in Suffolk, Penzance in Cornwall and Whitley Bay in Tyne and Wear.
The return of cities such as Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield and Newcastle to the list is a sign that the Covid-inspired dash for the country may have peaked and that convenience and culture are becoming priorities once again.
In addition, the annual guide named 10 regional winners.
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- EAST OF ENGLAND: Saffron Walden, Essex
- LONDON: Crouch End
- MIDLANDS: Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
- NORTHERN IRELAND: Donaghadee, Co Down
- NORTH & NORTHEAST: Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear
- NORTHWEST: Liverpool
- SCOTLAND: Dunkeld, Perthshire
- SOUTHEAST: Chichester, West Sussex
- SOUTHWEST: Cirencester, Gloucestershire
- WALES: Ruthin, Denbighshire
With a population of under 5,000, Wadhurst is the smallest overall winner in the 11-year history of Best Places to Live. It was praised by judges for its “good schools, convenient transport connections, an amazingly well-stocked high street and stunning scenery”. They said that it offers “pretty much everything needed for modern life in miniature”. The judges also highlighted the many activities available for children, the farmers market and the clubs, classes and community cinema at the Community Hall.
“When times are tough, where we live matters more than ever. Attractive surroundings, good neighbours and a comfortable home are the best defences when the stresses of modern life seem overwhelming.
The Sunday Times’s expert judges have visited all the locations and assessed factors from schools to transport, broadband speeds to culture, as well as access to green spaces and the health of the high street.
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