What are the Best Cities to Live in England?

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51. Posted by jenko2 (Full Member 123 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

i live just out side of newquay and really dont move there move to cornwall cornwall is great but newquay is dirty cheap and tacky cornwall is baeutiful lovly and wonderful

52. Posted by cookieyum (Inactive 75 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


Southerners: Speak eloquently

Ummm, i don't think so! Have you heard vicki pollard or the wurzels?

Ok, well i'm gonna big up somerset cos that's where i'm from and birmingham cos that's where I'm at uni.

Bristol and Bath are great cities - quite different from each other. I reckon Bristol's got a bit more character but both are full of culture, good places to eat and go out and only 10 mins apart on the train. Also they're redoing the shopping centre in Bristol so that should be a big improvement. Somerset is beautiful - gorgeous countryside, very friendly people, LOTS of cider and only a couple of hours drive down to cornwall and devon for the summer hols!

My friends from home always come to birmingham expecting it to be ugly and industrial and are always surprised at how pretty it is. There's loads of interesting architecture, more canals than venice, great shopping (and a selfridges store), three universities, lots of theatres and exhibition centres,huge range of restaurants...just everything you'd want really and the centre's very easy to get around on foot. It's also really close to stratford-upon-avon, warwick castle and west midlands safari park which are all wicked fun on a sunny day!

Good luck choosing!

53. Posted by AppleJack (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Quoting loubylou

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!

Don´t know what´s wrong with Reading. Nottingham, having one of the highest crime rates, can´t be much better (and I´ve spent a lot of time in both towns). All towns have their good and bad parts. York´s nice and Cornwall´s beautiful too. Or how about Bath?? Head for a big city if you´re after nightlife but smaller cities are probably safer.

54. Posted by D23 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hey I live in belfast and have been wanting to move to england for a long time for a new start. All the places discussed in england sound great but my main concern is finding somewhere that not only has good bars, restaurants, nighlife, shops etc. but somewhere I can settle down and make a life for myself. Dont want somewhere to studenty or touristy. i have friends in brighton and like everyone on this forum seems to love it, going over to visit them soon so hopefully thatl help me make up my mind. Would prefer somewhere close to Brighton as its abit daunting moving to a new city where Il know no1!! Want somewhere thats exciting and lively and busy but at the same time close enough that if i wanted to go to the countryside for the weekend to get away from it all i could. havent been many places in England so ANY advice or would be great!!

55. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Most cities & large towns in the UK have a lot to offer. But enjoying the lifestyle will depend on what you make of the City, surrounding area, and the type of people you meet.

I am from London orginally, but moved to Cardiff as a student. Whilst Cardiff is only a small city and doesn't have too many cultural attractions (although this is changing very rapidly), it was a great place as a student to live & still is as I am still here after 10 years! The city has 2 universities, so the student population is pretty large.

It is supposed to be Europe's fastest growing capital city, it has had a large amount of money invested by the European Union.

It's also not far from other great cities in the UK, Bristol -40 mins, London 2.5 hours, Manchester-3.5 hours.

56. Posted by Ember (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I live in California, and I have been interested in moving to England for quite sometime now. I have been searching around for some nice areas to live. I read most of the posts you guys made stating a few nice areas, and I am looking into a few of them. Buuut, I am also considering attending University of Birmingham. Anyone go to/been there? Of course, may I mention, if I do end up moving to England, it will not be for atleast 3 years or so.. I am still in highschool. Heh ^-^

57. Posted by btmead (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I'm not sure if you are still reading this thread, but I will give my two cents just in case. I have been living in the UK for just over three years now. I moved to London for a job in international policy & affairs when I graduated law school in 2003. While I have not "lived" in some of the other cities that have been mentioned on this thread, I have spent time in some of them.

I agree that every city has its own charm and also its own negative attributes as well. As an American, I found London to be a great deal easier to adjust to than Brighton, Birmingham, Manchester, and Newcastle. I guess it is because London gets many more international tourists and residents than those cities and must therefore cater to them. However, the people tend to be easier to connect with in Manchester than any other city...in my opinion.

I came to London when I was 23 ( a little older than 18 ) and instantly fell in love. The people are great and the girls are gorgeous ( can't speak inteligently on the other sex ). However, it is an EXTREMELY expensive city. I am frequently in New York and Geneva and I always get sticker shock when I come back to London ( and I make pretty good money ). If you were going to work in London than the cost of living wouldn't matter so much, but if you are going to university here you may not have as much money to go out as you would in other cities.

The feeling of living in London is hard to explain, because it is very different than living in other cities. To me, it has a certain warmth to it ( not weather wise ;) ). I will likely be moving to D.C. in the next few years and I dread it. I really don't want to leave London. The good news is, I will only be in D.C. for two years and then I will, hopefully, be back in London.

The best advice I can offer is to visit a few cities before making your decision. If that is not possible get some guidebooks and try to decide which city LOOKS most appealing to you. As I said earlier, the only city in the UK that I have actually lived in is London and therefore I only feel comfortable giving my opinion on London. A pro/con list follows. I'm sure you'll pick the right city.


Great food.
Lots and lots of pubs.
Great sport.
More shops than other cities.
Easy to get around (though at times transfers are necessary).
Much history.
International airport.
Good art scene (if you're in to that...I'm not).
Beautiful girls (if you're into that...I am).


Driving sucks, and I do mean it SUCKS
Can be a little bit rougher than other cities (If you are from a big US city this won't matter. The thugs in London are nothing like the thugs in New York, Virginia, D.C., LA, or Chicago. They are more like high school bullies.)
It is a little dirty, but no more than any major city
Lots of tourists
People call you "Yank" (I'm from Virginia...I'm no Yankee)

58. Posted by ang41 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I am spanish. I live in Estepona (Malaga). We would like to live in England some time (or forever...who knows). We are round the 40ies and have a 6 years old boy. We will miss the sun of Andalucia but that is not all in life. My husband should work for the NHS.We would like to find a nice quiet city in England, near an international airport, not too big but not too small, and not too expensive. Can anybody advise me?

59. Posted by PeteW27 (Budding Member 50 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Don´t know what´s wrong with Reading. Nottingham, having one of the highest crime rates, can´t be much better (and I´ve spent a lot of time in both towns). All towns have their good and bad parts. York´s nice and Cornwall´s beautiful too. Or how about Bath?? Head for a big city if you´re after nightlife but smaller cities are probably safer.[/quote]

this is well funny, reading how various Brits are bigging up their respective cities. 1st of all, as per lots of other posts, the North-South divide in terms of friendliness is definate, places like Liverpool and Newcastle would be my own two most friendly places i've visited. 'Tis a pity you won't understand what the natives are saying, but put it this way, if you can work out "beer" then they are likely to be offering you one! I read on your profile that you support Liverpool FC, now owned by americans, so talk about FOOTBALL :) in both of these footy-mad cities and you will be welcomed, even Evertonians.
Despite being born and bred up near York in the stunning (if not slightly er backward ) North Yarkshur, I must defend Nottingham where I currently live (since '03) as it is not half as bad as the English press make it out. I read the other day that after Glasgow it is the fastest growing city in the UK, it is currently undergoing a massive £3.5bn redevelopment, it is 3rd for shopping after Brum and Landan and it has a mere 350 bars in the square MILE around "Slab Square." It is also only 2 hours from everywhere in England, so why not visit it, and you may well be pleasantly suprised.

60. Posted by fraluchi (Full Member 132 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

By now our original friend is one year older and either totally flabbergasted by the different suggestions made here since last year, or took off with the third recommendation, or ..... canceled the trip.
Does anybody know ?
The best advice for a young lad with such a question is always: go and find out. But don't do this over the internet, because you have to use all your senses (touch, smell, look, hearing, etc.), learn and decide.
Do take every message with salt and go !

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