Retirement brings with it multiple benefits and freedoms. Travel, visiting family, time to indulge in new hobbies or even to return to a field of study at University …. The whole point of being retired is, after all, that your time is your own now. One other key benefit you enjoy?

You can choose where you settle in retirement. You can choose to ‘up sticks’ and move to the other side of the country to enjoy a better quality of life, and a style of living that is reflective of what you’ve earned after working hard your whole life.

But how do you choose? explains further - the Prudential quality of life retirement survey has been produced annually for many years, and we can look at what areas of the country they chose just last year to help us decide where might be a great place to retire to.

10th place – Shropshire

Shropshire is one of England's most rural counties, with the Shropshire Hills classed as an Area of Outstanding Beauty. Despite only being created in 2009, the county has already entered into the top 10 for the best place to retire in 2018 overall. From major towns like Shrewsbury and Telford through to some beautiful rural areas in gorgeous English countryside, you’ve got plenty of choices when it comes to settling down here.

9th place – Somerset

Bordering the Severn estuary and Wales, this county has never before made the top 10 list. The county boasts stunning views across open countryside, sandy beaches, superb strawberries, Cheddar cheese and cider….it’s a food lover's heaven here, and attracts food tourists from around the world all year round. From historic Glastonbury, Taunton and Minehead and beyond - beautiful places to live are everywhere you look here.

8th place – Oxfordshire

An historic county, recorded in English history as far back as the 10th Century, Oxfordshire and it’s county town of Oxford are renowned as great places to visit - and, it turns out, to settle down in too. There’s an almost endless supply of museums to visit and things to see here, and some beautiful towns to settle down in too. From the tiny but nearly perfect Chipping Norton through to the more well-known Bicester, Banbury and Oxford itself, you’ll have no shortage of choices here.

7th place – Worcestershire

The cathedral city of Worcester is the largest settlement and county town. Other major towns in the county include Bromsgrove, Droitwich, Evesham, Kidderminster, Malvern, and Redditch; plus of course it’s the birthplace of that world famous condiment ‘Worcestershire Sauce’. Whether you want to settle in a town or have a more rural life, this beautiful midlands county truly has it all.

6th place – Devon

The home of jam, scones and amazing cream teas, with beautiful beaches and plenty of sunshine, this is an attractive place to spend your golden years. With endless sandy beaches, some amazing fossil cliffs, and moorland national parks, you’ll never be short of places to visit close to home. The English Riviera is a series of picturesque, south-coast harbour towns including Torquay, Paignton and Brixham. 

5th place – Norfolk

Bordering Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, you could enjoy the Norfolk Broads all year round. Whether you settle in or near the county town of Norwich or choose to retire to one of the beautiful coastal towns and villages found here, you can be sure of an idyllic life. There’s an endless variety of places to visit and attractions to see - or you could just spend every day of your retirement enjoying the miles and miles of beautiful beaches found to the north and east of the county.

4th place – Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight continues to be a magnet for retirees with the highest number of pensioners per head of population in the UK. The Isle of Wight has been in the top 10 list for many years, rising consistently in the rankings the whole time, for which there must be a reason. Perhaps it’s the beaches and promenades, or perhaps the draw is the idyllic and peacefully slow island way of life, which must be a welcome change after the bustle of daily working life has ended.

3rd place – East Sussex

East Sussex borders the English channel, and thus has miles of golden beaches to boast about and to enjoy. Elsewhere within this south coast county can be found notable towns like Rye, Lewes and Hastings; while of course Eastbourne remains a major settlement for retirees keen to enjoy the peaceful seaside life forever. With beautiful countryside, including an Area of Outstanding National Beauty in High Weald, there’s plenty of reasons to choose East Sussex as your permanent home in retirement.

2nd place – Dorset

Known for its Jurassic Coast, a long stretch on the English Channel where the cliffs contain many fossils, and rock formations show millions of years of geological history, this coastal county has a nearly endless choice of places to both live and visit. From historic Weymouth, Dorchester, Lyme Regis, Christchurch and beyond, the landscape here stretches forever and all of the towns and villages situated within it could easily prove to be a haven for the discerning retiree.

1st place – West Sussex

Encompassing the South Downs National Park and the historic town of Weymouth, and bordering the English Channel along it’s southernmost edge; this historic county is top of the pile as far as great places to live in retirement in the UK go. With Chichester, including its magnificent cathedral, and Bognor Regis, including its magnificent piers and beaches, within its borders, it's easy to see why this county is a popular destination for the retiree. Instead of just visiting the beautiful Arundel or South Downs, you could live there permanently, and it seems more UK retirees do indeed make that choice than in any other county.

If you can’t decide which of these beautiful locations would suit you better a place to live, then perhaps you could consider spending your first years in retirement travelling round all of them while you conduct thorough research to help make your choice?! After all, you’re in no rush, you have the rest of your life to enjoy.

Start planning your future. Speak to us today.

Contact Us

Seventy Financial Planning
The Apple Store, Haggs Farm,
Haggs Road, Follifoot, Harrogate,

01423 611004

[email protected]

Subscribe to our newsletter to receive all the latest insights.


Stay informed and get all the latest insights, news and upcoming events right into your inbox.