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POSTED 15 August 2018 Guides and Top Tips

Happiest Places to Live in the UK (2018)

A survey was carried out by Rightmove last year to determine the happiest places to live in the UK. More than 17,000 people were asked how happy they felt with aspects of where they lived, taking into account community spirit, feeling safe, the friendliness of locals, the amenities and local services available as well as earning potential.

House Network has added a 2018 update to this data, so if you are thinking of relocating or just want to see if your hometown ranks, we list below the top happiest places to live in the UK.


1. York, North Yorkshire

Being the best and happiest place to live in the UK for this year, it's no wonder York is thriving. With houses starting from only £180,000, the period buildings, calm flowing river and iconic Minster have ensured this city is rightly turning into its own mini metropolis, with trendy cafes and destination restaurants, innovative tech and media firms, and an increasingly dynamic workforce.

2. Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

Voted the happiest place to live in the UK, this Warwickshire town has it all, from Regency buildings to independent shops and restaurants, residents benefit from direct access into London by train in an hour and 15 minutes.

countryside warwickshire 

3. Leigh-on-Sea, Essex

Located on the east coast of England, this seaside town is famous for its annual festivals such as the Leigh Regatta, The Leigh Folk Festival and The Leigh Art Trail.


4. Helmsley, Yorkshire

Helmsley has been touted as one of if not the best place to live in Yorkshire. It boasts a fantastic National Park, an amazing foodie culture, an open-air swimming pool and a wonderful castle for a calm scenic view.

The town also boasts a large arts centre, the Helmsley Walled Garden and low levels of crime/pollution.  What makes Helmsley such a happy town is the timeless tranquillity, oozing charm from every one of the sandstone cottages in the central conservation area.

helmsley happy 


5. Wirral, Merseyside and Cheshire 

Based in the north west of England, Wirral boasts an amazing coastline and beautiful countryside, offering 50 miles of fantastic rural walking routes, cycling routes and beaches.

long walk 

6. Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Harrogate is a beautiful spa town based in the heart of Yorkshire. This town has a real country feel to it, with a metropolitan twist. If you love to spend your days hiking through the Yorkshire Dales and treating yourself to a nice dinner in town, Harrogate is perfect for you

7. Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent 

This charming historic town boasts an array of independent shops and restaurants. With most of the region designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and dotted with ancient churches and coast houses, there is plenty of opportunity to soak up the English rural scenery.

cafe kent 

8. King's Lynn, Norfolk

It’s easy to see how this quaint English town was voted as one of the happiest places to live in the UK. King’s Lynn has an extremely peaceful feel to it, oozing with history, residents benefit from a slow paced way of life.

9. Melrose, Scottish Borders

Melrose has consistently featured as one of the happiest places to live in the UK and also features in our list. The large selection of shops in Melrose (for its size), local schools and amenities are seen as the main factors for such a high rating. The scenic provision of medieval ruins and landmarks also make for a truly breath-taking aura. The area is loaded with various cycling routes and parks for an enjoyable living experience. 

 melrose scotland 

10. Epsom, Surrey 

Enviably located just 35 minutes from central London, Epsom is a beautiful, leafy green suburb of Surrey. It is home to the Epsom Playhouse, Epsom Racecourse and the Bourne Hall Museum offering a huge range of activities for its residents.

11. Richmond upon Thames, London

Located on the River Thames in West London, Richmond rivals anywhere in London with its beautiful Royal Parks and open spaces, historic houses, theatres, museums, galleries, exhibits and town centres bursting with life.

12. Poole, Dorset

This large coastal town located on the south coast of England boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK. Residents and visitors alike flock to the beaches during the summer months for that gentle beach stroll, swimming, surfing and many other water sport activities.

surfing dorset

So if you’re in search of a little happiness it may be time to consider one of these locations for your next house move!

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