Thinking about relocating before the arrival of your little bundle? Here are our five best cities to raise a baby in the UK.
London — 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.
Situated in the West Midlands area known as The Marshes, Hereford is surrounded by beautiful river valleys, woodland, rolling hills, and picturesque villages. For families who love the great outdoors, but wish for the convenience of a city location, Hereford offers the best of both worlds.
Children in Herefordshire are among the healthiest in the UK, eating a greater amount of fruit and vegetables and leading a more active lifestyle than those in many other parts of the country. Hereford is also one of the safest cities in the UK, with crime rates falling well below the national average. Wonderful scenery and peace of mind — who could ask for more?
Steeped in history and famous for its cultural events, Edinburgh offers a slice of Scottish paradise to young families. The heart of the city is an enchanting combination the medieval, Georgian and award winning modern architecture. With an abundance of open spaces and historical landmarks, exhibitions, galleries and modern conveniences such as shopping and sports centres, Edinburgh is an exciting city to explore with a young child.