Six Northern Ireland locations ranked ‘best places to live’

Six locations in Northern Ireland have been named among the Best Places to Live in Britain by The Sunday Times.

The accolade comes in part one of The Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide, which is published on Sunday.

The annual supplements combine data and statistics such as crime rates, house prices and school performance with the local knowledge and expertise of Sunday Times writers to compile the definitive top locations to make your home.

The locations were selected for offering the best quality of life to the widest number of people, and combining desirable features such as a positive community spirit, good local shops and services and attractive outdoor spaces.

The Sunday Times Best Places to Live: Northern Ireland

  • Ballycastle, Co Antrim

  • Belfast (South), City of Belfast

  • Cultra, Co Down

  • Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh

  • Portstewart, Co Londonderry

  • Rostrevor, Co Down

* does not represent the ranking order for the region

Ireland's oldest market fair the Auld Lammas Fair takes place in the seaside town of Ballycastle. Credit: Pacemaker
Tai Chi in the sunshine at Botanic Gardens in south Belfast. Credit: Pacemaker
A stone cottage in picturesque Cultra, Co Down. Credit: John O'Neill
Enniskillen town in Co Fermanagh. Credit: Presseye
The sun rises in Rostrevor, Co Down. Credit: Jason Ruddy