Altrincham named best place to live in UK topping list of 101 top locations

Altrincham is officially the best place to live in the United Kingdom.

The town in Greater Manchester came out top of a list of the 101 best locations in the country.

Judges looked for the areas with the best schools, transport links and broadband speed.

Altrincham, where Stone Roses legend Ian Brown went to school, was praised as the “ultimate turnaround town” for its revitalised town centre and lively market.

Helen Davies, the Sunday Times home editor, said: “Never has where you live felt more important.

“This year we have, along with house prices, air quality, good schools and access to green spaces, championed locations that have showcased great community spirit.

“The feeling of involvement in and concern for one’s local community is being challenged – and celebrated – as never before.

“We wish everyone well wherever they live.”

The Cheshire town was also praised for having family and community at the “heart of everything” as well as the National Trust’s Dunham Massey with an ancient deer park.

The guide also identified regional winners including Victoria Park Village, top in London, Edinburgh’s Leith in Scotland, Narbeth, Pembrokeshire in Wales and Ballycastle, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland.

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House prices were also used to create the guide through mortgage company Habito and data provider TwentyCi.

Daniel Hegarty, founder and chief executive at Habito, said: “There are many factors that contribute to where people choose to live

“Whether that’s buying to be near green space, wanting to become part of a thriving local community or to be a bit closer to friends and family.”

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