What makes a town great is a subjective thing, what may be good for a retiree may not be so great for a young family, but there are certain traits and features to a town which can have broad appeal. Tech company, OneDome, were keen to put this theory into action and try to ascertain the top 5 towns in Kent.
One Dome applied their own Locality Reality mapping tool, which scored postcodes on seven different criteria. These criteria included education, safety, noise, grocery, lifestyle, public green spaces, and transport. They then used over 70 publicly available sources to score the various postcodes. It was on this basis that they came up with the top 5 best towns in Kent.
The Winner – Canterbury
A market town which is technically a city, Canterbury combines cultural activities and highly-rated educational establishments with historic landmarks and nearby nature, making it a hit with families and students alike. Again, commutable into the capital, but all of this comes at a price. Find out more about living in Canterbury.
2nd Place – Royal Tunbridge Wells
This historic spa town is packed with culture, public parks, shopping and plenty of bars and restaurants. It’s also commutable into London, but the property doesn’t come cheap. Find out more about living in Royal Tunbridge Wells.
3rd Place – Belvedere
Not an obvious contender, but this town (in fare zone 5, but with a Kent postcode) has great public transport links and is full of Ofsted-rated ‘Good’ primary schools.
4th Place – Ashford
A market town with plenty of shops and restaurants and high-speed trains that get to London within 40 minutes.
5th Place – Sandwich
An attractive, small and quiet town minutes from the coast. Great if you love well-preserved medieval architecture, though a long and slow journey for those heading into the capital.
Towns worth a mention
Rounding off the top ten in order are Dartford, Maidstone, Gillingham, Dover and Folkestone, while upmarket Sevenoaks sits at 11.