These are the best 70 places to live across the UK

By Rochelle Barrand
Friday, 8th April 2022, 4:37 pm
Ilkley in West Yorkshire has been named the best place to live in the UK in the Sunday Times Best Places to Live 2022 (Nicola -
Ilkley in West Yorkshire has been named the best place to live in the UK in the Sunday Times Best Places to Live 2022 (Nicola -

The 2022 edition of the eagerly anticipated Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide has been released.

This year, a West Yorkshire spa town has been given the coveted top spot.

Ilkley in West Yorkshire topped a list of 70 locations which represent the best of the UK in what is the 10th Best Places to Live Guide from the newspaper.

So, why was Ilkley ranked the best, what are the other places on the list, and how was the list compiled?

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    This is what you need to know.

    Why was Ilkley ranked the best place to live in the UK?

    Ilkley in West Yorkshire has won the top spot in the Sunday Times Best Places to Live 2022, because of its top schools, interesting shops, picturesque scenery and convenient rail links.

    The judges were impressed by the town’s sports clubs and the opportunities they offer for young people.

    They also praised the energetic community spirit and noted that volunteering is a big part of life there, and said that the town’s “lovely” cinema and “thriving” market were all launched by locals.

    Guide editor Tim Palmer said Ilkley has everything you need, including “top-class schools, a buzzing high street and breathtaking views.”

    Which other locations are included on the list?

    Another area in West Yorkshire, the village of Slaithwaite has also been named the best place to live in the North and Northeast of England as part of the guide.

    Crystal Palace was chosen as the best place to live in London in the guide, and in Wales Llandeilo in Carmarthenshire took the top spot.

    Meanwhile, Ballycastle in Co Antrim took the prize in Northern Ireland and the Isle of Bute in Argyll claimed the coveted first place in Scotland.

    What is the full list of winners?

    The full 70 locations listed on the Sunday Times Best Places to Live are below.

    Apart from the regional winners highlighted, the other locations are not ranked and are listed in alphabetical order.

    North and Northeast

    Winner: Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire 

    Cawthorne, South Yorkshire  

    Great Ayton, Cleveland Hills, North Yorkshire 

    Harrogate, North Yorkshire 

    Hovingham, North Yorkshire  

    Ilkley, West Yorkshire 

    Leeds city centre 

    Morpeth, Northumberland 

    Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear 

    East of England

    Winner: Norwich

    Boxford, Suffolk

    Great Massingham, Norfolk

    Leigh-on-sea, Essex

    St Ives, Cambridgeshire

    Saffron Waldon, Essex

    Woodbright, Suffolk


    Winner: Crystal Palace


    King’s Cross

    New Malden


    Victoria Park


    Winner: Uppingham, Rutland


    Ellesmere, Shropshire

    Hathersage, Derbyshire

    Lincoln Cliff Villages, Lincolnshire

    Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

    Shipston-on-stour, Warwickshire

    Northern Ireland

    Winner: Ballycastle, Co Antrim


    Helen’s Bay, Co Down


    Trawden, Lancashire

    Altricham, Great Manchester

    Chrisleton, Cheshire

    Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

    Prestwich, Great Manchester

    West Kirby, Merseyside


    Winner: Isle of Bute, Argyll

    Braemar, Aberdeenshire

    Culross, Fife

    Dunblane, Stirling

    Shawlands, Glasgow

    Melrose, Borders

    North Berwick, East Lothian


    Winner: Sevenoaks, Kent


    Cookham, Berkshire

    Deal, Kent

    Englefield Green, Surrey

    Farnham, Surrey

    Olney, Buckinghamshire

    Reading, Berkshire

    St Albans, Hertfordshire

    Test Valley, Hampshire


    Winner: Chalke Valley, Wiltshire

    Bridport, Dorset


    Budleigh Salterton, Dorset

    Charlton Kings, Gloucestershire

    Dartmoor, Devon

    Sherborne, Dorset

    Stroud, Gloucestershire

    Wellow, Somerset


    Winner: Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire

    Conwy, Gwynedd

    Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan

    Ruthin, Denbighshire

    St Dogmaels, Pembrokeshire

    Usk, Monmouthshire