THE famous village of Saltaire has been named as one of the best places to live in the UK.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of 72 locations to feature in the annual Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide for 2024. 

The village, which is home to Salts Mill and its huge collection of work by Bradford artist David Hockney, is praised in the guide. 


Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

What did the judges say about Saltaire?

The judges said: "It was a model village when it was built and two centuries later, Saltaire is a model address for 21st-century living.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

"Now it’s all about artisan coffee hang-outs, cool cafés and restaurants in atmospheric surroundings, along with a snappy commute to the centres of Leeds and Bradford."


Skipton is also named in the guide 

Skipton, the 2014 Best Places to Live winner, returns to the list.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

It is described as a "friendly market town providing families and active downsizers with everything they need for a happy life on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, including good pubs and restaurants, a smattering of culture and high-achieving schools".

Leeds named best place to live in the north and northeast

Leeds was named the best place to live in the north and northeast this year in The Sunday Times list.

The judges said: “Leeds has established itself as the true northern powerhouse and is the perfect place to enjoy a good life on a good salary. 

They said: “Leeds has the best-paying jobs outside London. Five universities provide youthful energy and it’s the only UK city outside London to have its own opera, ballet, and theatre companies.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The Corn Exchange in Leeds city centreThe Corn Exchange in Leeds city centre (Image: Tom Nom Marshall/T&A Camera Club)

"The markets, Victorian arcades and Trinity Leeds mega-mall make it one of the country’s top shopping destinations and there’s a great choice of places to live, from semi-rural suburbs such as Alwoodley and Horsforth to the new eco homes in the city centre Climate Innovation District.”

The Sunday Times’ expert judges visited all the locations and assessed factors from schools to transport, broadband speeds to culture, as well as access to green spaces and the health of the high street. 

Helen Davies, editorial projects director and Best Places to Live editor said: “This guide is a celebration of towns, cities and villages that are each a fantastic place to live in 2024, from Dunkeld to Knutsford, Falmouth to Leeds. Wherever you are on the property ladder, there will be somewhere to suit you."

North Berwick in East Lothian was named the overall best place to live in the UK.

The full list will be published as a magazine supplement on Sunday.