Best places to live in the UK unveiled – with Yorkshire town topping the list

The best places to live within the UK have been revealed – and Ilkley in West Yorkshire was top of the list.

The town beat out 70 other locations to be named the UK's best place to live by the Sunday Times.

Ilkley was praised for having top schools, interesting shops, spectacular scenery and convenient rail links.

The judges were also impressed by the number of sports clubs and opportunities for young people, and by the energetic community spirit.

The guide also includes a list of regional winners from around Britain.

The Isle of Bute was found to be the best place to live in Scotland while Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, was placed at number one in Wales.

The comprehensive guide is released online on Friday and an edited version will be available in the paper on Sunday.

The Sunday Times's expert judges assessed a range of factors, from the schools, transport and broadband availability to culture, green spaces and the health of the high street.

The Sunday Times Best Places to Live 2022 regional winners are:

  • East of England, Norwich, Norfolk
  • London, Crystal Palace
  • Midlands, Uppingham, Rutland
  • Northern Ireland, Ballycastle, County Antrim
  • North and North East, Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire
  • North West, Trawden, Lancashire
  • Scotland, Isle of Bute, Argyll
  • South East, Sevenoaks, Kent
  • South West, The Chalke Valley, Wiltshire
  • Wales, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire

Helen Davies, the Times and Sunday Times property editor, said: "The Sunday Times Best Places to Live list is necessarily subjective.

"Leave it just to statistics and you will never capture the spirit of a place. For that, you need to visit to take into account that 'you have to be here' feeling.

"Is the pub dog-friendly, for example? Can you live car-free? What are the schools and houses like? Is it multicultural and multigenerational, and can it offer a good way of life to lots of different sorts of people?"

She added: "We hope there is something to suit everyone."

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