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. Overall, it came in at number 13 in the best towns to live in England in 2021, beating Cirencester – the capital of the Cotswolds. With an impressive 600 listed buildings displaying beautiful Georgian architecture, Stamford is a picture-postcard English town in Lincolnshire. With attractive, honeyed-cream stonework, it could almost be in the Cotswolds!

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

Is Stamford a nice place to live?

The judges over at The Sunday Times focused on community spirit, countryside and convenience—three things that Stamford certainly offers. Below, we’re exploring what, in our opinion, makes Stamford such a nice place to live.

Community spirit

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

Stamford also offers plenty of independent eateries and shops, making the high street a pleasant place to indulge in some retail therapy and eat your way around the world. Popular places to eat include Orbis, Cozy Club and Cloisters Italian Bistro.


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 span 500 hectares. The gardens and deer park were designed by Capability Brown in the 18th century. Today, the house and grounds are open to the public, and there are plenty of events held throughout the year, including the quintessential Burghley horse event, featuring dressage, cross-country, and jumping.

Just a short drive from Stamford is the Rutland Water Nature Reserve, a popular destination for cyclists and water sport enthusiasts. It’s also a great day out for the family. The complete route around the water, including Hambleton Peninsula, stretches 23 miles—almost the length of a marathon!


On the cusp of Cambridgeshire, its closest city is Peterborough, which offers plenty of local job opportunities for professionals and amenities. With its own train station and great access to the A1, Stamford is connected to the north and south. You can also travel directly to Cambridge, Leicester and Birmingham on the train.

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

The Sunday Times verdict

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

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