A MAYOR says it's "fantastic" that a Denbighshire town has been named as one of the best places in the country to live.

Six Welsh locations made it into the 2022 edition of the Sunday Times Best Places to Live list, including Ruthin.

Ruthin mayor Cllr Heather Williams: "It's fantastic news that Ruthin has, at last, been recognised as one of the best places to live in Wales.

"Ruthin is such a friendly and attractive historic town to live in, with lots of different activities for people to enjoy.

"Not only are there a wealth of sports facilities to keep physically fit, but people have been encouraged to plant trees and grow food in community allotments and planters in the town.

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"In addition, community social enterprises have been developed to provide both regular inside and outside artisan markets, which aim to complement the wide range of independent shops in the town.

"We are now working on projects to further develop and enhance the heritage and culture offer and are well placed to make Ruthin known as the Artisan town for Wales."

The town was praised by the Sunday Times which said: “From certain angles, Ruthin may look like the archetypal sleepy-but-beautiful historic Welsh town, but look a little closer and you’ll see an impressively dynamic little community working hard to thrive in the 21st century.

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“There are walking and cycling routes everywhere, the old Courthouse has been converted into a business centre, and the historic market hall reopened last year as a very modern showcase for local arts, crafts and food.

“The stunning Ruthin Craft Centre attracts art-lovers from far and wide, and plans for a new velodrome will give its sporting credentials a boost.”

Llandeilo, in Carmarthenshire, topped the list of six Welsh locations to make the list, which included Conwy, Penarth, Usk and St Dogmaels.

On Facebook, we asked readers what makes Ruthin a great place to live.

Zoe Williams responded: "Ruthin is special, it has so many historical features and is surrounded by beautiful countryside."

Anita O'Hanlon posted: "The people, shop owners are so friendly and accommodating.

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"The community led volunteer group that put on events for the community as well as encouraging tourists to visit our beautiful town.

"It also has beautiful places to visit and lovely walks.

"The schools are excellent and a great place to bring up children."

Livia Jones added: "I've always liked Ruthin, apart from it being a lovely looking place I have always loved the atmosphere.

"I have remarked more than once that even at night it feels safe."

Meanwhile, Anne Roberts posted: "How lucky we are!!"

READ: Ruthin named among best places to live in Wales in Sunday Times guide

The Sunday Times’s expert judges behind the guide assess a wide range of factors, from schools, transport and broadband to culture, green spaces and the health of the high street. 

They look to celebrate improving towns, villages or city centres, attractive, well-designed homes and locations bursting with community spirit – which the pandemic has shown to be the most vital quality of all. 

An average house price for each location has been supplied by Halifax, the sponsor of the guide, and up-to-date information on broadband speeds has been provided by Thinkbroadband.com, the UK’s leading independent guide to broadband.

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Graham Boase, chief executive for Denbighshire County Council, said: “The council is pleased to see Ruthin named as one of the best places to live in the UK.

"Ruthin is a spectacular historic market town in the beautiful Vale of Clwyd.

"Of course, we value all our communities in Denbighshire.

"As a council we work closely with all our partners to ensure there is access to a range of services, providing residents with the best possible quality of life.

"As the lead authority for the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty we work to ensure the county’s fantastic countryside is protected and enhanced for wildlife, residents and visitors alike.”


Ruthin School interim head Sue Frencham said: “Our new parents are always enchanted by the impressive setting of Ruthin School and the bustling community of Ruthin and I am pleased that Ruthin School continues to play a big part in the town’s success.”

Helen Davies, The Times and Sunday Times property editor, said: “The Sunday Times Best Places to Live list is necessarily subjective. Leave it just to statistics and you will never capture the spirit of a place.

“For that, you need to visit to take into account that ‘you have to be here’ feeling. Is the pub dog-friendly, for example? Can you live car-free? What are the schools and houses like? Is it multicultural and multigenerational, and can it offer a good way of life to lots of different sorts of people?

“This year we have discovered new best places to live, from resurgent city centres in the North, rejuvenated suburbs across the country, hidden villages in the Southwest, and a commutable Scottish island.

“We hope there is something to suit everyone.”