If you’re looking to move to one of the top rated most desirable towns and cities in the UK, then our list can help. Landmarks are a huge factor when it comes to people’s reasoning to move to a certain area, aside from obvious factors such as quality of life. Here, we’re taking a look at a balance of not only the highest rated areas that are the most desirable towns and cities, but also those with exceptional landmarks to enjoy.


A Halifax study showed that Winchester is the best place to live in the UK, in terms of quality of life. The study showed a range of factors including life expectancy, health and employment rates, and one of the biggest bonuses that really tipped the scales for the town was that the weekly earnings on average in Winchester are £824 – 27% higher than the UK’s average. Crime rates in the city were found to be among the lowest in the country and the life expectancy is also higher in the country. With one of the biggest landmarks in the area being Winchester Castle, there’s also Wolvesey Castle and Winchester Cathedral to enjoy.


While the survey scales have been tipping out of favour with Chelmsford over the last few years due to a huge increase in house prices that doesn’t make Chelmsford any less desirable. With excellent facilities, particularly with the newly opened Bond Street, and high quality schools (Essex has been one of very few counties that have managed to keep their grammar schools), there’s plenty of reasons why Chelmsford is at the top of many people’s list, particularly those looking to commute into London. With just a 35 minute train journey into Liverpool Street, this is not only the perfect location for those looking to for a city location close to London for work, but also a great place to raise a family. With Hyland’s House and RHS Garden Hyde Hall to enjoy there’s plenty to do on a daily basis. There are a number of Chelmsford estate agents that you can look to when it comes to finding you a property in a prime location such as Beaulieu Park or New London Road.

Orkney Islands

With a very low level of crime, high employment and very little traffic on the roads, the Orkney Islands always tend to rank well when it comes to the UK’s most desirable towns and cities. According to various surveys, residents here are among the happiest and least anxious in the country – and with 20 pubs to choose from per 10000 adults it’s easy to see why! With Skara Brae, St Magnus Cathedral, Maeshowe and Ring of Brodgar to enjoy there’s plenty of landmarks to keep residents busy.

St Albans

The city has the third highest earnings in the country, and while house prices are high the quality of housing is exceptional. The Roman city is also home to a large proportion of adults with the highest levels of qualifications. Located in Hertfordshire, there’s plenty of history as the Iron Age settlement known as Verulamium was once here. Here you can find St Albans Cathedral, Verulaminum Park, Old Gorhambury House and more.


The area of Buckinghamshire includes a number of towns such as Amersham and Great Missenden, but it is so exceptionally beautiful we couldn’t miss this off the list. Among the rolling hills, the various towns in the Chiltern area has some of the biggest homes in the country, and while they are expensive, they generally offer a fantastic quality of life. With a great life expectancy for females at birth, there’s plenty to enjoy in this fantastic area. Prominent landmarks include Ivinghoe Beacon, Coombe Hill and Whiteleaf Cross are all prominent landmarks to enjoy on the Chiltern Hills.