Stamford Named Best Place To Live In The Midlands

Stamford has been named the best place to live in the Midlands in The Sunday Times annual guide.

With an impressive 600 listed buildings displaying beautiful Georgian architecture, Stamford is a picture-postcard English town in Lincolnshire.

This is certainly not the first time Stamford has made an appearance in The Sunday Times Best Places to Live list – it even came out on top in 2013.

With covid-19 having such an impact on life in the UK, the judges over at The Sunday Times decided to focus on community spirit, countryside and convenience – three things that Stamford certainly offers.

Community spirit

The town of Stamford is noted for having a friendly and well-connected community spirit, something which is seen with the town’s weekly market which celebrates local and independent shops and food producers. There are also plenty of social groups to help people feel connected and combat loneliness.


With the River Welland running through the town, there are plenty of riverside walks to enjoy. There’s also the magnificent Burghley House, set in stunning grounds that spans 500 Hectares. The gardens and deer park were largely designed by Capability Brown in the 18th century and can still be seen today.

Just a short drive from Stamford is the Rutland Water Nature Reserve, a popular destination for families, cyclists and water sport enthusiasts.


Despite the traditional setting, the town still offers the convenience of modern amenities. From access to high-street stores to fast broadband speeds, Stamford seemed the ideal place for the remote working set-up that many have shifted to over the past year.

It’s also ideally located close to Peterborough for access to more jobs and larger amenities.

The Sunday Times verdict

Whilst the overall best place to live in the UK went to Stroud in Gloucestershire, Stamford can certainly be proud to officially call itself the best place to live in the Midlands.

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