Avebury has been rated the finest place to live in the United Kingdom.

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Avebury has been rated the finest place to live in the United Kingdom.

A SMALL COMMUNITY in Wiltshire has been named the finest place to live in the United Kingdom. In a study of Britain’s best towns and villages, Avebury, which features the world’s largest stone circle, came out on top.

Avebury also has a National Trust-managed 16th-century manor house and garden, the Alexander Keiller Museum, which houses local archaeological finds, and a charming pub with a thatched roof.

It received five stars for landscape and tourism attractions, as well as four stars for peace and quiet, attractiveness, and value for money. Castle Combe, also in Wiltshire, and Wells, Somerset, tied for second place in the poll.

Castle Combe has appeared in various films, including Downton Abbey and Warhorse, because to its lovely homes and babbling creek.

It also received five stars for scenery and appeal.

Wells is noted for its moated Bishop’s Palace and Vicars’ Close, a medieval neighborhood occupied by clergy, and is England’s smallest city thanks to its cathedral.

It was given five stars for tourist attractions and four stars for everything else.

Saltaire, a Victorian model village in West Yorkshire, came in fourth place. For tourist attractions, shopping, peace & quiet, and value for money, the Unesco World Heritage Site received four stars. It was constructed in the 19th century for mill workers.

A café, galleries, and bookshop, as well as artworks by David Hockney, are now housed in the mill.

Castleton, Derbyshire, and Ironbridge, Shropshire, tied for fifth place. Both received four out of five stars for attractiveness. Castleton received a five-star rating for scenery, while Ironbridge received the highest score for tourist attractions.

Hay-on-Wye in Powys, which hosts the annual Hay Festival of Literature and Arts, received the highest score in Wales. Aberfeldy, a market town in Perthshire, was named best in Scotland.

Bodmin, Cornwall, was at the bottom of the table. The worst town was Matlock Bath in Derbyshire, followed by Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire.

The results were based on 2,710 online panelists’ responses.

“The UK is rich of towns and villages bursting with character and history, many of which are relatively quiet and unspoilt, making them excellent for a day trip or holiday,” said Rory Boland, Which? travel editor.

“Across the country, there are a plethora of magnificent towns and villages just waiting to be discovered.”

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