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5 Best cities to raise a baby in the UK

Top cities for families

From SheKnows UK
Thinking about relocating before the arrival of your little bundle? Here are our five best cities to raise a baby in the UK.

UK map showing major citiesLondon -- Windsor and Maidenhead

Green, clean and flourishing, the Windsor and Maidenhead area of London is undoubtedly an attractive place to live. More than 80 percent of the areas is green belt land, meaning that the local environment is maintained to an excellent standard.

Children in this area are generally healthy and active, with obesity levels lower than in many other part of the UK. Keeping children safe is high priority and arrangements in Windsor and Maidenhead achieve this well in almost all settings.

The area's outer-London location also means that a virtually uncountable number of activities and attractions are within easy traveling distance. However, house prices in Windsor and Maidenhead are among the highest in the county, so this highly sought-after location will only be suitable for those with a substantial budget.


A historic walled city, York has been a centre of government, education and entertainment for 2000 years. In recent years, Ofsted has rated the York's services for children and young people as performing excellently, and in 2008 a review by the Audit Commission rated the city's arrangements to keep children safe as outstanding.

York residents' satisfaction with museums, galleries, and green spaces are among the highest in the UK. A year-round City of Festivals programme provides cultural activities and future plans include encouraging the creative talents of local people. For a family who wishes to raise their baby in a historically and culturally rich environment, York would be an excellent choice.


The largest city in the south west, Bristol has a young and highly cosmopolitan population of over 421,000 residents. The city is major centre of arts and culture and enjoys several excellent green leisure spaces. Bursting with popular baby and toddler groups, nursery schools within Bristol are also typically judged to be of good or outstanding quality. With priorities set to further improve upon and provide new play spaces, Bristol is a diverse and exciting city in which to raise a young family.

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