‘We live in the UK town constantly named happiest place to live’

Locals who live in a town named one of the happiest places in the UK have revealed what it’s really like living there.

Hexham in Northumberland was named one of the top 20 happiest places to live in Britain, according to Rightmove, in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

One of the big selling points is the proximity to green spaces, with numerous areas right next to the town centre. Liz Gill, who lives in Hexham, said: “It’s beautiful and when you come shopping you can go for a walk as well.”

Speaking to ChronicleLive, she added: “It’s especially beautiful at the moment with the lovely lights in the trees. The variety of independent shops is also popular.

“It’s always got a nice atmosphere and is very pleasant and there are a variety of shops as well.”

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Another factor which Hexham has in its favour is its schools, according to Paul and Diane Hardy.

Originally from Newcastle, they spent many years abroad working before coming back to the North East. “The biggest attraction for us was the schools, that was 19 years ago,” Paul said.

“We were able to have a house where all the children could walk to their schools. And another thing we were looking for was we wanted a big house, we had four children and we wanted a big house without having to pay masses amount of money.

“We assumed it would be a terraced house and we have loads of nice terraced houses in Hexham.”

Hexham is home to the beautiful Sele Park and the stunning grounds of Hexham House which is a must-visit if you happen to stop by.

It also holds a rich history, with England’s first purpose-built prison, Hexham Old Gaol, which is traced back to the 1300s.

Hexham Old Gaol museum is now home to photographs, books, poetry and music about the border territory and even offers visitors the chance to descend into the dungeons.

Opposite the abbey is the Queen’s Hall Arts Centre which boasts a Victorian building that attracts some of the best international and national music artists from music, drama and dance.

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