North East Wales town named Best Place to Live in Wales
The picturesque Denbighshire town of Ruthin has been named the Best Place to Live in Wales in the annual Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide.
The guide, which is released online today, features six other Welsh locations and a total of 72 across the UK.
The judges celebrated Ruthin for its historic charm, boasting medieval and Victorian buildings, and an idyllic setting surrounded by the Clwydian hills.
The town’s vibrant community hubs and excellent schools also contributed to its top ranking. One judge commented, “This beautiful, historic corner of the Vale of Clwyd provides the very best of small-town living.”
The market hall, once a disused bank, has been transformed into a repair café, and the old courthouse now serves as a visitor hub and co-working space. Ruthin is home to a variety of independent businesses, producing everything from ice cream to roads.
Helen Davies, editor of Best Places to Live 2023, said, “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.”
Wadhurst in East Sussex was named the overall winner of Best Places to Live.
Judges praised the town for its good schools, convenient transport connections, well-stocked high street, and stunning scenery.
Liverpool has been named as the best place in the North West to live, The Sunday Times guide states: “There are lots of reasons to be optimistic about Liverpool — not just Eurovision, but also the booming reputation for science and tech and grand projects such” as the new Everton Stadium and new film studios.
“Good-value houses are the big attraction – this is one great city where you can buy a house without breaking the bank – but you also get a lively city centre and beautiful beaches close at hand.
“Our top districts in the city this year are both affordable: Waterloo for seaside, sunsets and independent shops, and Toxteth for its cultural and community vibe.”
The six other Welsh locations chosen by the guide for their captivating scenery, thriving communities, and rich cultural experiences are Abergavenny, Barmouth, Cardiff’s Pontcanna neighbourhood, the Gower Peninsula, Narberth, and Solva.
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