Our favourite places to retire

by Housesimple on 18th July 2018

Choosing where to retire is a huge decision — often one that you’ve been planning for your entire life. And while some people like the amenities of a big city, many retirees are just looking for some well-earned peace. Luckily, the UK has no shortage of stunning retirement options. From the dramatic countryside to quaint seaside towns, you can find somewhere that feels like home from the moment you move in.

But when looking for a place to retire, feel free to go off of the beaten track. The UK has such a wide range of natural beauty, there’s no need to stick to the tried-and-tested places — though if you want to, those certainly provide a great option. Here are some areas to consider, because you’ve earned a little slice of paradise. 


Eden, Cumbria

Yes, you can actually retire in your very own Eden. Located in Cumbria, a whopping 92.4% of residents here say that locals look out for each other — which sounds like a lovely option for retirement. Plus, the staggeringly low population density and access to all of the nature you could want are both ideal if peace is a top priority.

Make It Your Own:

There are plenty of countryside options if you’re looking for the ultimate relaxation experience, but if you want a little more buzz, then the market towns of Appleby-in-Westmorland and Kirkby Stephen can help you find a community.


Hastings, East Sussex

For a peaceful existence without feeling out of the way, Hastings is a great option. A bustling high street is combined with stunning views of the hills and the water, dotted with traditional architecture. For history buffs, you can even find the remains of the first castle built in England by William the Conqueror while you explore the countryside overlooking the sea. Sounds pretty idyllic.

Make It Your Own:

As a metropolitan town that still feels relaxed and quiet, there are plenty of housing opportunities right in Hastings, with easy transport links to Brighton and London. If you want a smaller or more traditional seaside town experience, Bexhill-on-Sea and Eastbourne are just down the road. 


Christchurch, Dorset

You can’t make a list of retirement options without mentioning Dorset, the nation's most popular retirement destination. With nearly 30% of the population of Christchurch being retired, this south-western town also hosts wine, food, and music festivals and a regatta.

Make It Your Own:

Christchurch has many housing options perfect for retirement, but some people prefer neighbouring Bournemouth for all of the outdoor pursuits, adventures, and attractions. Both are stunning sea-side options, as is the surrounding area, so have a poke around before making any decisions.


Aberdovey, Gwynedd

Aberdovey (Or should we say Aberdyfi?) is a seaside paradise on the West Coast of Wales. Traditional ice cream shops and a charming harbour sit right in the middle of Snowdonia National Park, with hiking, walking, and beaches all coming together at your doorstep. The centre is popular among tourists in the summertime, but the outskirts remain incredibly peaceful.

Make It Your Own:

Wales is often overlooked as a retirement destination — but with the low property prices and cost of living, combined with the dramatic countryside, it really shouldn't be. Aberdovey is a lovely, vibrant community, and neighbouring areas like Pennal and Machynlleth offer more affordable options with even more peace. And as a bonus, one of the UK’s top comedy festivals comes to town for a week every May, if you fancy a chuckle.


Craven, North Yorkshire

Craven has taken the title of “Happiest District in the UK” — which makes it an ideal retirement option. Located in the Yorkshire Dales and with one of the lowest crime rates in England, the mixture of natural beauty and happy people is hard to resist.

Make It Your Own:

There are endless rural options if you want to get away from it all, but if you’re looking for a place with a bit more happening, then Skipton, the traditional market town, is a lovely mix of buzzing shops, restaurants, and heritage sites.


You definitely want to put some time into deciding where to retire, if only because the UK has so many peaceful options. Find an area that you think you might like, then do some exploring around it — you never know what you might discover.

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