(Closed) Best Places to Live in UK?

posted 6 years ago in United Kingdom
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Dry and sunny? Are you sure you’re thinking of England?

 

I live in Colchester (in Essex) it’s fairly close to London and would be close to his family I’m guessing.

If I were you though I’d be looking in Cambridgeshire. I’m from there originally and it’s one of the driest places in the UK, about 1hr to London and close to his family in Essex. But houses are more expensive so that’s the downside.

Ely might be a good place for you to start looking as well.

Good luck!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Yeah it’s been a particularly crap summer this year… grumble grumble. Although we don’t get hurricanes like the US so I won’t complain too much!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

i live in the south of england. the city of Bath is lovely, and winchester. check those both out πŸ™‚

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper

I live in Norfolk, just north of London. Its about an hour drive to the nearest Underground station. I live about halfway between Cambridge and Norwich, both decent sized cities. My daughter was born in Cambridge. πŸ™‚ I like where we live. It’s an easy drive to London, Norwich or Cambridge. 

If you PM me, I’ll tell you the exact area I live in but I dont want to put the kind of specific information out there.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

If you hadn’t been looking to live in the South of England, I would have suggested a move to Scotland. Edinburgh may be wet and windy but it has gorgeous property, great food, fantastic people and it’s a major cultural centre.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

To be honest, anywhere up to Manchester in the North West of England is within two hours of London by train, so you’ve got a lot of choice! I’m a Manchester girl myself and LOVE IT there (another place to visit! And you’ll have to go to the Lake District one day), but I don’t have that much knowledge about the south. Cambridge is lovely – I was at university there and I can imagine it would be a great place to live permanently. I’ve driven through Surrey and it looked quite nice, though a bit middle-aged.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

The UK is a small place, so unless you live in a small village/in the countryside with no public transport, typically you will be within 30 minutes of a large city, and as another poster said, London is fairly accessible from most of the UK.

One thing I would say is that property and rent ‘down south’ is very expensive; this is perhaps something to consider if your OH is being made redundant. As an example, a 3-4 bedroom semi-detached house in some parts of the North of England (like Nottingham and Sheffield) will set you back £160k ($240k); the same size property will set you back around double that places like Cambridgeshire, Essex, Kent, Surrey, Middlesex, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Berksire, Buckinghamshire. So this is perhaps something to consider if you hope to buy eventually.

I live in Middlesex, in a small-ish town about 45 minutes by tube to London/30 minutes by car. I like it as the town I live in is a good size, with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants, a big leisure centre, several gyms, a large cinema, etc, and yo can be in central London for the shops, bars, clubs and theatres in under an hour, and in 15-20 minutes you can be in lovely little towns like Beaconsfield, Amersham, etc, and the country side; for me, it’s the perfect balance. But, living here comes with a hefty price-tag πŸ™

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

Also to add: take weather out of your criteria. I live in the south, and this year we had maybe 3 weeks of good weather (ie hot and sunny). England is very wet, and is cold/cool for much of the year, wherever you are. Obviously the very north of Britain eg Scotland gets worse weather (they get a lot more snow than we do), but I wouldn’t say the differences are all that significant; certainly not enough to influence where I’d choose to live.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think that wherever you live in the UK you’ll get pretty much the same weather unless you live right up North, so I agree, I would take that out of your thinking

As others are said it is all dependent on costs of living, further south and nearer London has a hefitier Price Tag, Our family in Oxford pay £1500 a month just for rent, whereas in Northampton (Midlands) which is only an hour away, we pay almost a third of that in rent, also with the fast trains most places are a few hours away from London by train

am sure that you Fiance can tell you all this though

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Cambridge is really lovely! It’s a city, but has a small, beautiful centre. Also try Oxford, Bath or even Bristol. Oxfordshire has some gorgeous countryside places around towns like Abingdon and not far from Oxford. It’s where I’m moving to soon πŸ˜€

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Salisbury is lovely, in fact wiltshire in general, Hungerford and Hampshire are lovely and near the m4 so u can get straight to london. I grew up in Wiltshire but now live in Nottingham, which is nice too in places. I just wish I could afford to live in the countryside again!

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