Manchester has been named in the Sunday Times’ Best Places to Live list 2023. (Photo: Marketing Manchester)Manchester has been named in the Sunday Times’ Best Places to Live list 2023. (Photo: Marketing Manchester)
Manchester has been named in the Sunday Times’ Best Places to Live list 2023. (Photo: Marketing Manchester)

Sunday Times Best Places to Live 2023: the best places to live in the North West including Sale & Ancoats

Greater Manchester dominates the Sunday Times’ Best Places to Live 2023 list for the North West.

Three Greater Manchester areas have made the prestigious Sunday Times’ Best Places to Live list for 2023 – including Manchester city centre. Of the 72 UK locations featured, seven North West locations have been named, with Liverpool taking the top spot for the region overall but Greater Manchester having three areas in the regional list.

The judges said that Manchester’s “street cred” was in danger of “being washed away by a tide of investment flats,” but the city is back in the game thanks to Ancoats, which is setting “the benchmark for hip urban living.”

The annual rankings are compiled by a panel of expert judges, who have travelled to each location, assessing them on factors such as schools, transport, green spaces, culture, broadband speed and health of the high street. House prices have also been examined by the list’s sponsor, Halifax.

This year, Wadhurst in East Sussex is the country’s best place to live, according to the Sunday Times judges. They say it has “pretty much everything needed for modern life in miniature.”

Helen Davies, the editor of Best Places to Live 2023, said:  “When times are tough, where we live matters more than ever. Attractive surroundings, good neighbours and a comfortable home are the best defences when the stresses of modern life seem overwhelming. This guide is a celebration of towns, cities and villages that are each a fantastic place to live in 2023 from Orkney to Felixstowe, the Chew Valley to Manchester city centre. Whether you’re downsizing, trading up or getting onto the property ladder, there will be somewhere to suit you.”

Here are the seven North West locations on the 2023 Sunday Times’ Best Places to Live list. Apart from Liverpool, which is the region’s number one, the locations are not listed in any particular order.

The annual rankings are compiled by a panel of expert judges, who have travelled to each location, assessing them on factors such as schools, transport, green spaces, culture, broadband speed and health of the high street. House prices have also been examined by the list’s sponsor, Halifax.