Every year the Sunday Times publishes a list of the best places to live in Britain. There were ten categories; The Southeast, London, The Midlands, South West, Northern Ireland, Scotland, The East, North West, The North and North East.
Among this list, there were ten Welsh areas listed. They were:
* St. Davids
The guide assesses a variety of elements, including jobs, schools, broadband speed, culture, community spirit and local shops. The overall winner that excelled in all aspects was York.
We’re ecstatic a personal favourite of ours, Penarth, made the list! Penarth has a rich history and beautiful coastal Welsh culture that dates back to the Victorian era. During this period many visitors flocked from all over the country to holiday at ‘The Garden by the Sea’.
There are still so many wonderful things to do and see in Penarth, from the marina to the pier, you won’t be short of activities, or a fantastic bite to eat! It is a well-deserved placing on the list, Penarth was also voted as a special place to visit by the National Trust in 2014.
The Sunday Times’ description of Penarth was:“The best suburbs are close – but not too close – to city centres. Penarth, across the bay from Cardiff, is a 15-minute train hop from the bright lights and big city, yet its leafy streets of heavy Victorian houses are a haven for families; Stanwell comprehensive school is rated excellent by Estyn.”
“The stubby pier has been revamped, and now puts on films and arts events. You’d be brave to swim in the sea (it’s still the Severn estuary, really), but the beach promenade is good for bracing walks to Cosmeston Lakes Country Park.”
“The black-lab-and-Barbour brigade’s arrival in Penarth has boosted the shops. There are butchers, bakers, grocers, bars and eateries – RJS, James Sommerin’s Michelin-starred restaurant on the seafront, has been named the best in Wales for three years in a row.”
We are also delighted to cover many of the areas named in our various publications. If you’re in these areas, you can pick up the following copies:
Mumbles – Gower Life
Abergavenny – Wye Life
Colwinston & Penarth – Vale Life
Laugharne, St. Davids & Saundersfoot – West Life