Not long after being named the third best place in the entire world to visit by Lonely Planet last year, Yorkshire has gone on to claim 15 places in the 2014 101 Best Places to Live in Britain guide, published by The Sunday Times.
Along with empirical data like crime rates, house prices and school performance tables, the guide studied aspects such as closeness of community spirit, availability of good local shops and services and proximity to attractive outdoor spaces in order to determine which towns and cities were the most desirable to live in. It’s no surprise Yorkshire scored highly in all of these areas and in order to get into the spirit of things, we thought we’d give you a quick rundown of the top three towns and cities that really stand out:
Up until now, Beverley has been one of Yorkshire's hidden gems. The town's stunning 13th century Minster, lively market, thriving music scene, impressive flat racing heritage and unspoilt mediaeval skyline make Beverley a truly desirable – and really quite unique – place to live.
You can easily escape to the rolling dales or the Yorkshire Wolds, while in the town itself you can enjoy a genial pint in one of the many historic pubs, as well as shop for local cheeses, sausages and crafts in the charming market place. Annual treats like the Beverley Folk Festival are the icing on the cake.
York is a beacon that shows British cities can be safe, exciting, and beautiful all at the same time. Perhaps because it has remained surrounded by mediaeval walls (some of the finest in Europe) for centuries, York has managed to retain a charm and heritage that other city centres can only aspire to.
From the cobbled streets of The Shambles and the imperious grandeur of York Minster to the gates linking the city walls, York frequently looks and feels like something from a history book. Throw in the excellent transport links, outstanding schools, two impressive universities and easy access to the Yorkshire Dales and you have a dream Yorkshire location.
If you are lucky enough to live in an area of unrivalled natural beauty like Skipton, you may want to enjoy the scenery from the comfort of your own home. Everest conservatories are an excellent way to do this (just take a look at the glowing Everest reviews if you're unsure), with energy-efficient double glazed windows creating a light, airy space in keeping with your home’s style, so you can look over the Yorkshire Dales in comfort without adding a bricks and mortar extension.
This charming market town has a 900-year-old castle, stunning ruined priory and a historic cobbled high street, so it's no surprise that Skipton-in-Craven (to give it its full name) is very near the top of the Sunday Times' list, beating the likes of Monmouth, Falmouth and Newnham.
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