After retirement, many choose to move to a smaller, more manageable home. Coastal towns are continuing to be very popular to retirees, as they are peaceful, provide flat land closer to the sea, excellent scenery and views, and cleaner air with less pollution. Towns with amenities close by and a good pace of life are also very important. We’ve made a list of our favourite places to retire to in the UK.
The Guardian reported on a survey commissioned by SAGA which found that elderly people living in Devon are the happiest in the country, so our number one retirement destination of course, has to be Devon! Interestingly, the report also found that regardless of where they actually lived, one in ten people chose Devon as the best place for retired people to live.
With the picturesque cobbled streets of Cinque Port Rye filled with antique shops, art galleries and cafes, it’s the perfect to retire. It’s also only a short journey to two sandy beaches. Rye Harbour is close by too, and the area is dotted with nature reserves.
Identified as the UK’s ‘retirement capital’, more than 40 per cent of residents of the Isle of Wight claim the state pension. Situated just off the South coast, the Isle of Wight is perfect for those who love to be beside the seaside
The historic city of Chichester is shaped by its unique heritage. Chichester offers an enticing mix of designer label boutiques, high street shopping, renowned art galleries and stylish restaurants and contemporary cafes. With the South Downs national park to the north of the city, and Chichester harbour to the south of the city, there’s plenty of exploring to be done for those that still want to remain fit and active in their retirement.
With its dramatic coastlines, captivating fishing harbours and spectacular beaches it’s hard not to be drawn to Cornwall. It also has outstanding areas of natural beauty, perfect for relaxing strolls. Not forgetting the cream teas!
For those searching for an idyllic lifestyle, the cheery seaside town of Christchurch in Dorset is a great place to retire to. Christchurch hosts the wine and food festival in May, a music festival in July, and a regatta in August. With plenty of old cottages, coffee shops, places to walk and nice beaches, it’s easy to see why so many have already chosen to retire here.
Steeped in history and brimming with life, the cathedral city of Lincoln is the perfect place for pottering. With a large percentage of residents of Louth retired, the sleepy market town has wonderfully Georgian streets lined with beautiful buildings. There are plenty of local amenities; six butchers, two grocers, a cheese shop, an old fashioned tailors, a cobblers, a fish shop and even a trophy shop!
A survey found that the most important factors about the area that retirees were moving to were being close to family, quality of life, scenery and peace and quiet! After working hard for all of your life, it’s time to take some time out and relax. Hopefully this list has given you some ideas if you are planning on moving after retirement.