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Thinking of shifting your family over to a new home across the pond?
Many of us will have to move around the globe, whether it’s for work or just to get a taste of little something new. The United Kingdom is a gentle introduction to experiencing a new life abroad as you won’t have to learn a new language – apart from maybe learning to say ‘aluminium’, ‘dressing gown’ and ‘torch’! If you’re already asking your boss for a transfer or are beginning to job hunt but haven’t settled on where here are some family-friendly places to look at in the UK.
York is the perfect place to reside if you like going out on adventures with your family. It’s situated halfway between London and Edinburgh on the East Coast railway line, making it the perfect city to escape from and return to. If you were attracted to the UK for its rolling countryside, then you will be blown away by the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors and Wolds right which are all on its doorstep. If you want somewhere with plenty to do, this city has an incredible 30 museums to ponder around. If you thought that wasn’t enough, York has voted the best place to live in the UK by the Sunday Times. This show-off city is a good one to explore for a mixture of culture and calm.
Lincoln is a historic city with cutesy crooked cobbled alleyways with plenty of independent shops, including a whiskey shop if you’re looking for a local switch-up from Bourbon. As well as boutique shops, you’ve got a large-scale shopping mall (St Marks Shopping) and the Cathedral Quarter. The Cathedral Quarter is a local joke, known as ‘uphill’ – perhaps because it’s a steep hill in a relatively flat area of England! You might also like to know that Steep Hill was voted Britain’s Great Street, so it might just be worth the exercise on your legs.
For families looking for an active lifestyle, Lincoln is also surrounded by abundant countryside. If you’re thinking of moving your family out to somewhere like this, or taking a vacation to find out more, contacting solicitors in Lincoln is a great place to start.
This town was once described as a ‘ghost town,’ but it has experienced somewhat of a renaissance in a recent decade. If you’re looking for a combination of ‘postcard perfect’ and ‘up and coming’ then this is a perfect combination. It has good schools, a tram line connection and the buzzing food hall at Alty Market. Restauranteur Claire Howells opened up Blanchflower as a result of this market town’s new foodie reputation.
If you’re looking for a cookie-tin English town, then this is an excellent place to start. Hertfordshire is king of the commuter belt, with regular trains only 30 minutes away from London Euston, and an easy driving time of 45 minutes if you’re not quite ready to embrace Britain’s public transport. It comes with a cute array of independent shops and cafes, but it also has some impressive historical claims. This town was where William the Conqueror got his ‘Conqueror’ title, and the workplace of Geoffrey Chaucer – humble is the word for this modest but historically mighty town.
Whether or not you follow through with your plans to move to the UK, it’s still an excuse to pop over for a visit. Taking the family over provides the opportunity to explain to your plans in the very place you might be moving to, so the concept doesn’t feel so alien. At the very least, a few weeks of swapping dollars for sterling will provide for some historical insight and a chance to let your hair down.