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21. Posted by Windmill (Full Member 125 posts) 10y

Quoting AJ_B

I live in England but am moving from Oxford in the summer (always lived here, bored, need a change!)& so went thru the same sort of 'where should I go' process

I ended up with Manchester, so am prob heading up there in a few months time

What school did you go to? I'm the same age and grew up in oxford til I left at 18.

22. Posted by Simon1983 (Budding Member 50 posts) 10y

Quoting Clarabell

I guess it about remembering the question- Best cities to LIVE- rather than just to visit.

one of the cheapest placest in the UK to live, and has much lower crime than cities like Leeds, Nottingham, Manchester.

I was wondering if good old Nottingham would get a mention!

We may have a relitivly high crime rate, but we do also have a striking statue of Robin Hood (and more bars per square mile than the rest of the UK )!

Seriously though - I wouldn't bother with Nottingham if I was you, but Sheffield is nice, I might well make the short migration north at the end of this summer.

Newquay and Brighton are both very cool, I will be making one of them my home for this summer, but I can't decide which yet!

But above all the best place I've lived in the UK is Newcastle. I've never met anyone who didn't like it up there.

23. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 10y

I thought that I would throw my two pence worth in! I currently live in Nottingham, have done for almost 10 years (with a brief 18 month gap where I lived in Reading - shudder!). I am originally from the Wirral near Liverpool and my boyfriend is from Hartlepool, about 30 mins from Newcastle.

I definitely think the further north you go, the better the quality of life. As other people have said, it's about living in a place and having enough money to do the things you want and actually enjoy your time in Britain! What is the point to paying silly inflated London prices which means you can't travel around the rest of the country?

A plus to the north is that it's a short journey to Scotland for long weekends (from Liverpool the west coast of Scotland is about 3 hours away, from Newcastle Edinburgh and the east coast is about 2 and a half hours away, not to forget the Lake District, Peak District and North Yorks moors are close too!). Both have incredible nightlife and the people are sooooo friendly.

Sheffield and Leeds are both nice too...Sheffield is cheaper than Leeds and it has a fab swimming pool at Ponds Forge!

That was longer than I expected it to be!

24. Posted by helsbells1 (Budding Member 70 posts) 10y

I just want to say that I am really pleased that people are really bigging up the north of England!
I am a northern girl through and through, I live in a little town called Warrington, 20 mins from Liverpool and Manchester which are, in my opinion 2 of the best cities in England!
Must admit, I've not been to the cities up in Scotland but would love to someday!
I feel there is a great cultural difference between the North and the South. Can't quite put my finger on it but I personally go for the northern cities, Sheffield, Leeds, Nottingham, Newcastle! All GREAT!

25. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

Hooray for the North!

We have better countryside too, real hills and windswept moors, none of that soft southern stuff.

One of the things that says a lot about Sheffield, is it's so full of people like me, who have moved there, say to go to Uni, and just made it their home and never left!

I've never even been to Newcastle but everyone says its brilliant. Its supposed to have some of the best nightlife in Europe.

26. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Well lm going to put Belfast into the mix! Up and coming city, lots of great places to eat and places to drink. The cost of living isnt as dear as some places on mainland UK.

Also l can second that Newcastle is pretty cool and has a great atmosphere too!

27. Posted by ozman (Full Member 118 posts) 10y

No one has mentioned Canterbury yet. Absolutely beautiful city and right in between London and Paris.

28. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

London for fun & the experience,
York for scenery
Newcastle for the gordies
Edinburgh for the lifestyle
Inverness for the highlands

29. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 10y

Quoting ozman

No one has mentioned Canterbury yet. Absolutely beautiful city and right in between London and Paris.

Blimey when did we steal Paris from the french?

30. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 10y

I would say London for the clubbing, and shopping, there are some fantastic markets to pick up one-off items.

Brighton is supposed to be a great lil place.

Cornwall as someone said for the beaches-its lovely in cornwall.

Edinburgh is great, historic ad the nightlife is kool!!

Canterbury's kool as well, also good for shopping and buildings. You have lil beaches like Margate etc near-by, think they were ok, but Cornwall tops them.

I met a brazilian guy a while ago and he was living in eseex and he went off to Birminham for a wekk or so and he loved it, not sure where abouts he went, but he was raving about it!

Thats about as far as my knowledge takes me, lol!!

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