Best places to live in Wales
Wales is a vast and varied country, with a huge range of places to settle down. It depends entirely on what you’d like from your home – from a quaint market town to a busier city, there’s plenty of choice. Here are some of our favourites across the country.
Nestled amongst scenic Welsh mountains, the market town of Abergavenny is a picture-perfect place to live. With tons of independent restaurants and cafés, Abergavenny is well known as a foodie destination – and from cottages to larger family houses, there’s a good variety of housing, with average house prices around £269,740.
A pretty and vivid town on the estuary of the river Teifi, Cardigan is small but perfectly formed. Residents enjoy a bustling high street and a tight-knit community – and with easy access to nearby beaches and hill walking it’s great for nature lovers and families. House prices are very reasonable in Cardigan, with an average price around £149,160.
For city lovers, Cardiff is the obvious pick in Wales. The capital city has a thriving cultural calendar, with events and festivals throughout the year. Home to the Millennium Stadium and Welsh Rugby, the average house price here of £242,945 is very reasonable compared to other capital cities – and that encompasses both city-centre flats and bigger houses more suited to young families and professionals further into the suburbs.
Known for being upmarket and much-desired as a place to live, this market town is a commuter satellite to Cardiff with its own sense of style. Crowned the best place in Wales to live by the Sunday Times, this is a pricy area, with an average property price of £437,461, but if you have the money to get a house here, you’ll find a supportive and busy community and no shortage of events and things to do.
Set on the beautiful south coast of Wales, Swansea is a picture-perfect city that combines maritime culture, relaxing seaside views, and city life. With an average property price of £167,390, it’s a good place for first time buyers to make their home, and there’s plenty of potential for investment in the area.