The North West

Northern towns dominate the polls for happiness across the board, whether it’s the higher standard of living, more to do, cheaper housing or friendlier neighbours.


Walk out of work into England’s largest national park and enjoy the freedom of England’s highest mountains on your doorstep. Fish, play or picnic by cool, clear lakes and magical mountain tarns, and be part of a thriving Lake District community. There are villages with inviting country pubs and towns that burst into life on market day. If you like the great outdoors you’ll find Cumbria is a great place to live and work.

Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester provides the perfect mix of the buzz of the cosmopolitan city, with semi-rural locations close by. If you prefer the option of a quieter lifestyle but still want to be nearby one of the most popular cities in the UK, the outer suburbs of Greater Manchester may just be the ideal location.


Quaint towns and villages can be found dotted throughout the largely unspoilt rural landscape of Cheshire, while, the city of Chester provides top-class shopping, entertainment and dining opportunities. Famous for excellent local produce, there are numerous opportunities for enjoying excellent food within Cheshire, whether in a traditional pub or choosing a fine dining experience.


Liverpool is a city unlike any other. There is a reason why such a large part of the city centre, including the famous waterfront, has UNESCO World Heritage status – the architecture is spectacular. The Merseyside area is known for enjoying the beautiful outdoors too. There are exceptional city parks in Liverpool and a beautiful coastline. Animal lovers can spend time at nearby Chester Zoo, visit Knowsley Safari park or see the squirrels at Formby.


Lancashire is a thriving, lively part of the country that has something for everyone. From the theme parks and beaches of Blackpool and the Fylde Coast to the stunning countryside of the Ribble Valley and Lune Valley, perfect for walking and cycling. It is home to unique and wildlife rich Morecambe Bay in the north and the flat and fertile coastal plains around Ormskirk and the Ribble Estuary.