Salisbury named as UK's best place to live for 2019

Its history dates back to the Iron Age and its historic cathedral spire even found itself at the centre of international intrigue thanks to a high-profile poisoning case in 2018. Now Salisbury has been named the best place to live in the UK.

The Sunday Times' Best Places to Live index was revealed on April 15, placing the Wiltshire town at the top of the pile.

Glorious surrounds

The newspaper measures a place's attractiveness on a series of measures, including schooling and life-long learning, air quality, internet speeds, access to nature and sense of community.

According to its findings, Salisbury beats the rest because it is "divinely attractive, has a distinguished history and offers top-class schooling", and the Sunday Times also says that "this year we’re honouring its resurgent community spirit — and its glorious surrounds".

The guide goes on: "Salisbury, we salute you. Whatever foes this beautiful medieval city has faced, from the Celts to the Vikings to the recent novichock poisonings, it has emerged victorious."

Regional winners

Salisbury was the overall winner in the Best Places to Live survey for 2019.

The regional winners were: London - Isle of Dogs; south-east - Petworth in West Sussex; south-west - Topsham, Devon; east - Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk; midlands - Edale in Derbyshire; north-west - Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria; north and north-east - York; Wales - Crickhowell, Powys; Scotland - Dundee; Northern Ireland - Holywood, Co. Down.