Ilkley named as best place to live in the North and Northeast


"llkley has everything our judges are looking for"

Ilkley has been named the best place to live in the North and Northeast of England by the Sunday Times.


It is top of a list of 10 locations in the region chosen by The Sunday Times to represent the best of Britain in the annual Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide. The comprehensive guide is released online today and will be available in the paper on Sunday.


The Sunday Times’s expert judges behind the guide assess a wide range of factors, from schools, air quality, transport and broadband speeds to culture, green spaces and the health of the high street.

They look for improving towns, villages or city centres, for attractive, well designed homes and locations bursting with community spirit - which the pandemic has shown to be the most vital quality of all.


Helen Davies, The Times and Sunday Times Property Editor said: “Ilkley has a beating community heart, a business brain, culture and a good sense of humour.


“It’s also got excellent schools, great shops in its town centre and is within easy reach of both Leeds and the stunning scenery of the Yorkshire Dales, with its own magical moor as the icing on the cake.


"llkley has everything our judges are looking for. They were impressed by the excellent transport links, magnificent scenery and an energetic, environmentally minded community that showed its strength in the successful campaign against pollution in the