Bangor has been voted the best city in the UK to retire, new data revealed.


Financial planning service Gale and Phillipson have gathered data to help pensioners across the UK find the best places to spend their retirement in the UK.

The rankings have used a range of elements to determine the most desirable spots, with everything from the cost of local restaurants to pollution levels being considered.

Bangor, Wales, topped the charts based on the test criteria, boasting the cheapest cost of living and low crime rates.

According to Rightmove’s latest house price data, the average house costs £181,752 in Bangor which is five percent higher than 2020.

This small city has plenty of restaurants, bars and shops which offer an affordable day out while overlooking the beautiful Snowdonia.

Anglesey is right next door, making Bangor an affordable yet inviting place to enjoy a slower-paced retirement.

Overall, the data showed that Northern parts of the UK beat the South in terms of top retirement spots, based on the following criteria:

  • The cost of restaurants
  • The cost of markets
  • Transportation costs
  • The cost of household utilities
  • Leisure activity expenses
  • Cost of clothing and shoes
  • Crime rates
  • Health rates
  • Pollution levels

The 10 best places to retire in the UK:

Bangor was closely followed by a host of northern spots including Dundee and Newcastle-Upon-Tyne which were ranked second and third.

Based on the data gathered by Gale and Phillipson, the top 10 places to retire are:

  1. Bangor
  2. Dundee
  3. Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
  4. Sheffield
  5. Norwich
  6. Belfast
  7. Ipswich
  8. Carlisle
  9. Swansea
  10. Preston