Top 50 Coolest places to live in the UK

We have conducted a national survey to discover the top 50 towns in the UK and the results are officially in...

We hope this information will help you discover the most breathtaking hidden gems in the UK, and if you happen to live in any of these areas, you've gained bragging rights for life!

Keep on reading to discover which UK town won 1st place, along with all the interesting facts you need on the top 10 towns in the UK.

Top 10 Coolest UK towns ranked by you 

Along with 10 extra places!

We conducted a national survey to find out the coolest places to live in the UK in 2023, as voted for by the general public. 

Polperro, Cornwall has officially been crowned the coolest place to live in the UK! Check out some interesting facts about the top 10 ranked places below. 

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Top 50 Coolest Places Ranked

Country/ CityLocationRanking
CornwallPolperro 1st
Norfork Wells-next-the-Sea2nd
BuckinghamshireMarlow 3rd
LiverpoolBaltic Triangle5th
SomersetBruton 6th
EdinburghLeith 7th
BristolHarbourside 8th
CambridgeshireEly 9th
Cumbria Windermere10th
ShropshireChurch Stretton 11th
GlasgowWest End 12th
OxfordshireBurford 14th
Gloucestershire Nailsworth17th
Devon  Croyde 22nd
HerefordshireLedbury 23rd
WiltshireBradford-on-Avon 24th
Greater LondonHackney Wick 25th
CardiffPontcanna 26th
AberdeenRosemount 27th
LincolnshireCanwick in Lincoln 29th
NottinghamshireHockley in Nottingham 30th
CheshireAlderley Edge31st
DundeeBroughty Ferry 33rd
SwanseaMumbles 34th
BirminghamDigbeth 35th
HetfordshireBishop’s Stortford 36th
WorcestershireMalvern 37th
WarwickshireLeamington Spa 38th
Rutland  Market Harborough 40th
BedfordshireBedford 41st
ManchesterNorthern Quarter 42nd
DurhamDurham City 43rd
NorthamptonshireAbington in Northampton44th
Leicestershire Clarendon Park in Leicester 45th
LeedsChapel Allerton 46th
NewportBassaleg 47th
DorsetWest Bay49th
SheffieldBroomhill 50th
Country/ CityCoolest town/ Location
1st CornwallPolperro 
2nd Norfork Wells-next-the-Sea
3rd BuckinghamshireMarlow 
4th LancashireMorecambe
5th LiverpoolBaltic Triangle
6th SomersetBruton 
7th EdinburghLeith 
8th BristolHarbourside 
9th CambridgeshireEly 
10th Cumbria Windermere
11th ShropshireChurch Stretton 
12th GlasgowWest End 
13th YorkshireRipon
14th OxfordshireBurford 
15th EssexLeigh-on-Sea
16th SussexHastings
17th Gloucestershire Nailsworth
18th DerbyshireAshbourne
19th SurreyShere
20th KentBroadstairs
21th HempshireSouthsea
22nd Devon  Croyde 
23rd HerefordshireLedbury 
24th WiltshireBradford-on-Avon 
25th Greater LondonHackney Wick 
26th CardiffPontcanna 
27th AberdeenRosemount 
28th SuffolkSouthwold
29th LincolnshireCanwick in Lincoln 
30th NottinghamshireHockley in Nottingham 
31st CheshireAlderley Edge
32nd BerkshireBray
33rd DundeeBroughty Ferry 
34th SwanseaMumbles 
35th BirminghamDigbeth
36th HetfordshireBishop’s Stortford 
37th WorcestershireMalvern 
38th WarwickshireLeamington Spa 
39th NorthumberlandAlnwick
40th Rutland  Market Harborough 
41st BedfordshireBedford 
42nd ManchesterNorthern Quarter 
43rd DurhamDurham City 
44th NorthamptonshireAbington in Northampton
45th Leicestershire Clarendon Park in Leicester 
46th LeedsChapel Allerton 
47th NewportBassaleg 
48th NewcastleJesmond
49th DorsetWest Bay
50th SheffieldBroomhill 

 Read Below for more on the Top 10 Coolest Places to Live in The UK

1st: Cornwall – Polperro

While every inch of Cornwall is beautiful and it’s indeed very true, people who live in Cornwall really are living a different kind of life, Polperro – the fishing village on the south coast of Cornwall, topped our list of the 50 coolest places to live.

This popular hang-out for artists is the perfect palace to watch the sunset, grab some drinks and relax in a sleepy seaside village. From Looe Island to the Duloe Stone Circle, Heritage Museums and so much more. This is the perfect destination for a quick summer getaway.

Cornwall Polperro Naturecan's coolest towns

2nd: Norfolk – Wells-next-the-sea

Coming in at second place is Wells-next-the-sea, one of the loveliest towns in Norfolk. From the sweeping sandy beaches to the colourful beach huts on the harbour, you can find crabbing stations for children opposite the finest fish & chips on the coast.

 Wells is the perfect, family-friendly seaside location with their very own Carnival, which takes place annually for residents and visitors.

Wells-next-the-sea Naturecan's coolest towns

3rd: Buckinghamshire – Marlow

Bagging third place is Marlow in Buckinghamshire, which is without a doubt, one of the nicest locations on the River Thames. Known for its natural beauty, Marlow has a lovely town centre made up of historic streets, offering an array of shops, restaurants, wine bars and pubs, which all add to Marlow’s charm.

You’ll know you’ve hit Marlow when you see the town's landmark – the graceful suspension bridge with joins Buckinghamshire and Berkshire across the Thames.

Buckinghamshire Marlow Naturecan's coolest towns

4th: Lancashire – Morecambe

Coming in last but certainly not least, Morecambe offers a chance to enjoy the many pleasures of the seaside. Whether it's flying kites, enjoying the views across the bay or building sandcastles on the beautiful sandy beach, there's plenty to do for all the family in Morecambe.

Stroll across Morecambe’s award-winning promenade with an ice cream in hand, and don’t forget to visit the iconic Eric Morecambe Statue. Also, make sure to book afternoon tea at the 1930s Midland Hotel’s balcony and look over the bay for a romantic treat.

Lancashire Morecambe Naturecan's coolest towns

5th: Liverpool – Baltic Triangle

home to many of Liverpool’s independent traders and made up of bars, cafés, an urban garden, an exhibition space, a live music venue and many more quirky alternatives to your average city centre, the Baltic Triangle is the ultimate quick getaway.

If you're a Peaky Blinders mega fan, you're in luck. Although based in Birmingham, much of Peaky Blinders is filmed in the Baltic Triangle and the Peaky Blinders Bar is situated there, so make sure to pop in for a drink during your visit. 

Liverpool Baltic Triangle Naturecan coolest towns

6th: Somerset - Bruton: Bruton is known for its excellent food, contemporary art and beautiful surrounding countryside.

7th: Edinburgh -Leith: This buzzing port district is home to hip creatives and trendy waterfront bistros. Plus, the movie Trainspotting was filmed there.

8th: Bristol - Harbourside: A vibrant neighbourhood centred around the Bristol Feeder Canal is most well known for its quayside eateries. 

9th: Cambridgeshire - Ely: Rising above the Cambridgeshire fens, Ely is one of the smallest cathedral cities in the UK. Fun fact: did you know The Crown was shot there?

10th: Cumbria - Windermere: This is one of the Lake District's most popular tourist spots. The hit children's movies, Peter Rabbit and its sequel, were filmed there.

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