What’s the ideal location for raising a family? Good schools and amenities are a given, but do you prefer to be in the heart of a bustling city or in a cosy village location? Are you looking for child-friendly cafes, cycle paths and cinemas? Here’s our choice of the best places to invest in a family home in the UK.
There’s a reason that Prince George and his siblings will spend most of their childhood in Norfolk. One of the safest places to live in the UK, the county has idyllic beaches for the summer, the iconic Broads and wintry woodland walks. Norfolk also offers a high proportion of schools rated great or outstanding and decent transport links to the capital.
Head for Norwich with its beautiful period buildings, Theatre Royal and great shopping – not to mention fabulous kid-friendly cafes and highly rated restaurants – for the best of urban living with the Broads and beaches on the doorstep.
Church Crookham, Hampshire
With crime levels at just one-third of the national average, a planned £1.7 million improvement for the local infant school and Key Stage 4 results way above the national average at 84%, this delightful village combines country charm with modern convenience.
Fast rail links from Fleet to London mean parents can commute in less than an hour, while children enjoy an idyllic country upbringing. Woking, Reading and Guildford are also within easy reach, making this an affluent and idyllic place for a family home.
With gorgeous honey-hued period properties by the score, this delightful market town is packed with heritage trails. There’s an active arts centre with plenty of children’s activities and an annual film festival at nearby Burghley Park with afternoon screenings for the kids. Rutland Water offers scope for plenty of family-friendly outdoor activities.
Trains to Birmingham and London take just 90 minutes, while the Bluecoat school is rated as outstanding by Ofsted. Stamford is an historic heaven with enough modern amenities to keep the whole family happy.
If you want access to all the museums, theatres, cinemas and shopping of one of the world’s greatest cities while enjoying a community vibe and wide open places to play, then invest in Blackheath. With its annual family festival, local family run shops and child-friendly restaurants, it’s the perfect place for a family home. Blackheath High School has pass rates of 97%, while John Ball and All Saints are other excellent schools in the area.
With the City and Canary Wharf accessible by train in as little as 22 minutes, Blackheath offers the ideal blend of urban buzz and family-friendly lifestyle.
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