Revealed: The 35 best places to live in the UK and none of them are in London

David Harding
Norwich has been voted one of the best places to live in the UK (Rex)

Are you lucky enough to live in one of the best places in the UK?

A study by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) on behalf of Royal Mail has revealed the most desirable postcodes in the UK.

The study selected the best locations in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In England it selected Bebington (CH63) in the Wirral as the number one best place to live, closely followed by Norwich (NR6) and Broadstone in Bournemouth (BN18).

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Stornoway made the top 10 of Scotland’s most desirable places to live (Rex)

Also on the list was East Cowes (PO32) on the Isle of Wight, Earley (RG6) in Reading and Horsforth (LS18) in Leeds.

Mostly though it was towns in the south that dominated the English list.

The rankings were based on a number of factors including quality of schools, access to green spaces, working hours, housing and average commuting times.

In Scotland, the majority of the most desirable places to live and work were around Glasgow, though Kirkwall (KW15) on the Orkney Islands and Stornoway (HS1) on the Isle of Lewis also made the top 10.

Bournemouth was also voted a desirable place to live (Rex)

In Wales, the most desirable place to live was Barry (CF63), which featured in the popular comedy, Gavin and Stacey.

And in Northern Ireland, the number one spot was occupied by Craigavon (BT65), in County Armagh.

In total there were 35 locations identified, but none of them included the UK capital, London.

Top postcodes in the UK

  1. Bebington, Wirral

2.North and North West Norwich

3. Broadstone, Bournemouth

4. Sale, Greater Manchester

5. East Cowes, Isle of Wight


1. Neilson, East Renfrewshire

2. Bishopbriggs

3. Lenzie/Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire

4. Eaglesham, East Renfrewshire

5. Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire


1. Barry, Vale of Glamorgan

2. Cardiff Central

3. Swansea

4. Swansea

5. Pembroke Dock

Northern Ireland:

1. Craigavon, County Armagh

2. Dundonald, Belfast

3. Craigavon-Lurgan

4. Lurgan, County Armagh

5. Finaghy, Belfast