Five locations in Northern Ireland have been named among the Best Places to Live in Britain by The Sunday Times. In addition, the guide has named Holywood as the Best Place to Live in Northern Ireland
The accolade comes ahead of the full reveal of The Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide, including the overall winner, which is published on Sunday, April 14. The supplement assesses a wide range of factors, from employment, schools and broadband speed to culture, community spirit and local shops, in order to compile the definitive top locations to live.
The methodology uses robust statistics, including exclusive, up to date house prices provided by Habito and TwentyCi, but also the knowledge of The SundayTimes’s expert panel. The judges combine the hard data with their own on-the-ground experience and insight to ensure the chosen locations truly are places where everyone can thrive.
Holywood takes Northern Ireland’s top spot in The Sunday Times Best Places to Live this year. On the shores of Belfast Lough, the town is judged to offer the perfect combination of seaside and city, with vibrant Belfast just a 20-minute train ride away. There’s sailing, cycling and jogging, plus rugby, football and the golf club where Rory McIlroy started his golfing career. The high street, with its brightly painted buildings is unusually attractive and offers a high-quality range of food and drink, from fine dining at Noble, which has a Michelin Bib Gourmand to the traditional Maypole Bar.