The eight ‘best places to live’ in the West Country 2023 - including Bristol and Chew Valley

The judges assessed factors from schools to transport and broadband speeds to culture

Bristol has been named in the annual Sunday Times Best Places to Live list.

It’s one of eight places in the South West to feature in the comprehensive guide of 72 locations across the UK.

The full list is available online now and an abridged version will be published as a magazine supplement in The Sunday Times this weekend.

Cirencester in Gloucestershire was named as the Best Place to Live in the South West, with The Sunday Times judges praising the town for the beauty of its historic buildings, its busy and useful town centre and easy access to Cotswold countryside.

Helen Davies, the editor of Best Places to Live 2023, said: “When times are tough, where we live matters more than ever. Attractive surroundings, good neighbours and a comfortable home are the best defences when the stresses of modern life seem overwhelming.

“This guide is a celebration of towns, cities and villages that are each a fantastic place to live in 2023 from Orkney to Felixstowe, the Chew Valley to Manchester city centre. Whether you’re downsizing, trading up or getting onto the property ladder, there will be somewhere to suit you.”

This year’s guide – the 11th – features more new entries than ever before.

The Sunday Times’s expert judges have 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.

Here’s a round-up of the eight South West locations and what the judges said. Cirencester is the regional winner but the other locations are not ranked.