The 5 Best Places to Live In Wales
Make the right move to Wales by learning more about some of the countries best places to live.
Monmouth is a lovely little market town in Wales, just two miles from the English boarder. It has been a Fairtrade town since 2005 and has successfully renewed this status twice since then. The people of Monmouth take their produce seriously too, enjoying not only Fairtrade goods but also locally grown produce sold at the Monmouth market every Saturday and a community orchard ripe with around 50 fruit trees.
Abergavenny is just up the road as well for the serious foodies out there.
This collective interest in great food and drink is just one reason why we think Monmouth is one of the best places to live in Wales. Another is the town’s fantastic location. It is perfectly balanced between sleepy rural charm and the well-connected convenience few of us can live without.
Nestled in the beautiful wooded Wye Valley, the town feels secluded and rural, with hikes up the Brecons and walks through the Forest of Dean just some of the great outdoor pursuits you can indulge in, but when you do need that city fix, just hop in the car and you can be in the city of Cardiff in under an hour.
Monmouth also has great schools, with Monmouth Comprehensive being consistently rated as one of the best in Wales.
Indeed Monmouthshire as a whole was also recently named the best Welsh local authority in Halifax’s Quality of Life Survey for 2015.
The village of Hawarden in Flintshire is a treat. Whilst a firmly Welsh village, it sits less than five miles away from the English boarder, with the town of Chester close by.
Residents in Hawarden enjoy lots of open spaces including the golf course, Truman’s Hill and the Gladstone Playing Fields which belong to the school. It is perhaps best known though for its impressive castle, which is a Grade 1 listed, medieval castle that played a major role in the battle for Welsh independence.
Hawarden also enjoys a great location for outdoor enthusiasts with the Peak District National Park in England and the Snowdonia National Park in Wales both well within 2 hours away to the east and west respectively.
Cardigan in the Dyfed-Powys area of Wales is one of the safest places to live in the UK and we think that alone warrants its inclusion into our list of the best places to live in Wales. On top of that the area is also home to beautiful beaches and National Trust countryside, a flourishing alternative culture, cutting edge film at the Theatre Mwldan and an annual film festival.
The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is just fifteen minutes to the west of Cardigan and with the A487 the only major road close by, Cardigan enjoys a truly rural location with peace, quiet and calm in abundance. It is the ultimate escape from the rat race of city life, but without losing a quirky and alternative culture that gives the town a strong sense of identity and community.
The Quality of Living Index run by MoneySupermarket in 2014 ranked Cardiff as the best place in the UK (never mind just Wales), to find the highest quality of living. Residents of the Welsh capital are more like to have a job and enjoy the lowest living expenses and the highest growth in disposable income of anyone in the country.
In fact the city of Cardiff scored above average on every element in the study!
It’s also home to some great independent brands, brewers and bars including the Pipes Artisan Brewery as well as being close to the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape, which is a recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site. So not only do you have the multi-cultural diversity of a capital city, but you can also enjoy rolling countryside and rich history too, all on Cardiff’s door step.
Llandudno is a land of adventure. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, an outdoor lover and an adventurer then this really is one of the best places to live in Wales. It enjoys beautiful coastlines across the north of wales with the Isle of Anglesey just under an hour away, Snowdonia National Park is within minutes from the town and the thrilling Zip World is just 35 minutes away too.
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