UK’s top 250 places to live for 2023 – all cities, towns and villages listed

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Deciding where to live can be a difficult choice.

Whether it’s staying near to where you grew up, moving halfway across the country or just trying somehwere new, there are lots of factors to consider.

Local schools, access to shops, breathtaking countryside, bustling cities or transport links could be among the criteria you use to choose your dream location.

With countless places to explore across England, Muddy Stilettos has put together a comprehensive guide of the top 250 places to live in 2023.

It takes into account all the best towns, villages and cities outside of London using expert knowledge.

Has where you live made the cut? Scroll down to see the top 250 places, which are separated into their individual counties and geographical locations below.

Bedfordshire

  • Barton-Le-Clay
  • Sandy
  • Woburn
  • Pavenham
  • Ickwell
  • Henlow
  • Ampthill
  • Bedford
  • Leighton Buzzard

Berkshire

  • Caversham
  • Sunninghill
  • Sonning
  • Hungerford
  • Windsor
  • Wokingham
  • Cookham
  • Newbury
  • Yattendon
  • Pangbourne

Buckinghamshire

  • Swanbourne
  • Nether Winchendon
  • Olney
  • Brill
  • Haddenham
  • Hambleden
  • Long Crendon
  • Marlow
  • Great Missenden
  • Amersham

Cambridgeshire

  • St Ives
  • Whittlesford
  • Ramsey
  • Hemmingford Abbots
  • St Neots
  • Bourn
  • The Shelfords
  • Ely
  • Cambridge
  • Linton

Cornwall

  • Launceston
  • Truro
  • St Agnes
  • Penzance
  • Falmouth
  • Nansledan, Newquay
  • Fowey
  • Hayle
  • Bude
  • Wadebridge

Derbyshire

  • Tideswell
  • Repton
  • Duffield
  • Melbourne
  • Buxton
  • Belper
  • Bakewell
  • Ashbourne

Devon

  • Sidmouth
  • Exmouth
  • Okehampton
  • Ashburton
  • Tiverton
  • Totnes
  • Topsham
  • Tavistock
  • Kingsbridge
  • St Leonard’s, Exeter

Dorset

  • Canford Cliffs
  • Beaminster
  • Bridport
  • Dorchester
  • Shaftesbury
  • Sherborne
  • Wimborne
  • Swanage
  • Southbourne
  • Lyme Regis

Essex

  • Chelmsford
  • Thaxted
  • Wivenhoe
  • Manningtree
  • Mersea Island
  • Stock
  • Leigh-on-Sea
  • Saffron Walden

Gloucestershire

  • Dursley
  • Northleach
  • South Cerney
  • Leckhampton
  • Moreton-in-Marsh
  • Cirencester
  • Stroud
  • Tetbury
  • Nailsworth
  • Winchcombe

Hants and Isle of Wight

  • Odiham
  • Romsey
  • Yarmouth
  • Petersfield
  • Southsea
  • Hartley Witney
  • Alresford
  • Winchester
  • Cowes
  • Lymington

Hertfordshire

  • Berkhamsted
  • Welwyn Garden City
  • Bishop’s Stortford
  • Ware
  • Harpenden
  • St Albans
  • Radlett
  • Rickmansworth
  • Tring

Leicestershire and Rutland

  • Ashby de la Zouch
  • Oakham
  • Clarendon Park
  • Rothley
  • Market Bosworth
  • Wymeswold
  • Newton Island
  • Loughborough
  • Market Harborough
  • Uppingham

Kent

  • Folkestone
  • Fayersham
  • Tunbridge Wells
  • Tenterden
  • Goudhurst
  • West Malling
  • Speldhurst
  • Canterbury
  • Deal
  • Sevenoaks

Norfolk

  • Holt
  • Wroxham
  • Surlingham
  • Great Massingham
  • Wymondham
  • Diss
  • King’s Lynn
  • Burnham Market
  • Aylsham
  • Norwich

Northamptonshire

  • Long Buckby
  • Middleton Cheney
  • Towcester
  • Brixworth
  • Brackley
  • Oundle
  • Earls Barton
  • Thrapston
  • Weedon
  • Daventry

Nottinghamshire

  • Wollaton
  • Farnsfield
  • Beeston
  • Southwell
  • West Bridgford
  • Newark-on-Trent
  • Edwinstowe
  • Burton Joyce

Oxfordshire

  • The Miltons
  • Kingham
  • Charlbury
  • Wallingford
  • Thame
  • Henley-on-Thames
  • Jericho
  • Burford
  • Watlington
  • Woodstock

Somerset

  • Castle Cary
  • Wedmore
  • Wells
  • Frome
  • Bruton
  • Clevedon
  • Somerton
  • Wellow
  • Langport
  • South Petherson

Suffolk

  • Framlingham
  • Sudbury
  • Hadleigh
  • Long Melford
  • Beccles
  • Southwold
  • Bury St Edmunds
  • Aldeburgh
  • Woodbridge
  • Saxmundham

Surrey

  • Ripley
  • Englefield Green
  • Farnham
  • Esher
  • Dorking
  • Godalming
  • Oxted
  • Haslemere
  • Reigate
  • Cobham

Sussex

  • Rye
  • Horsham
  • Lewes
  • Petworth
  • St Leonards-On-Sea
  • Lindfield
  • Hove
  • Eastbourne
  • Chichester
  • Worthing

Warwickshire

  • Charlecote
  • Kenilworth
  • Snitterfield
  • Brinklow
  • Dunchurch
  • Warwick
  • Leamington Spa
  • Henley-in-Arden
  • Ilmington
  • Stratford-upon-Avon

West Midlands

  • Moseley
  • Knowle
  • Hampton-in-Arden
  • Sutton Coldfield
  • Edgbaston
  • Coleshill
  • Bournville
  • Harborne
  • Earlsdon
  • Digbeth

Wiltshire

  • Trowbridge
  • Bradford on Avon
  • Corsham
  • Tisbury
  • Salisbury
  • Malmesbury
  • Sherston
  • Warminster
  • Devizes
  • Marlborough

Worcestershire

  • Upton-upon-Severn
  • Droitwich Spa
  • Tenbury Wells
  • Pershore
  • Malvern
  • Broadway
  • Worcester
  • Bewdley
  • Bromsgrove
  • Stourport-on-Severn