UK Retirement Hot Spots


As we walk into the new year, it might be time to start looking for places to retire and enjoy the rest of your life without any stresses or worries here in Britain. Retirees can look forward to decades of active living, but the big question is – where? With the help of Stagecoach, providers of the Coach Oxford to London, we discover some of the best hot-spots for retirement in the UK.


Regional retirement

When we looked to see the trends of where most people put their feet up after a lengthy time working, we could see that the South West had the largest retirement percentage with 19.6% in total. Followed was Wales, with 18.4% and then the East of England with 17.5%. From this, we can see that the top three retirement regions were at the bottom of the country – we wonder why and aim to find out.


In fourth place came the North East, with 17.3%. At fifth place the South East region came in with 17.2% of retirees. Closely followed was the East and West Midlands, the East Midlands had 17.1% of retired people whereas the West Midlands had 16.9%.

In eighth place came Scotland with around 16.8% of workers retired. From the North West which scored a 16.6% of retirees, we can see a continuous drop in the percentages of retirement hotspots. Yorkshire and The Humber had the same as Scotland, scoring 16.6%. Followed came Northern Ireland with 14.6% of retirees and finally, London with 11.1%.


Overall, 16.4% of the UK is retired and longer living is the cause. As 65 was once the retirement age for workers in the UK, at the time, 9.2million across both England and Wales are over the age of 65 leading to a one in six people over the age of 65 rate. However, the retirement age is on a continuous climb and currently stands at 67.


Best places to retire

The options are endless when it comes to retirement, from city spaces to rural areas and even seaside locations – there are plenty of hotspots here in Britain that will make your retirement more enjoyable. In our list, we look at what factors contribute into making this a great place for retirement, from activities in the area, transport link and what the community is like.


Chichester, West Sussex

This is one popular location for people moving swiftly into their retirement as it brings an idyllic vision that most retirees have to life. With Georgian architecture throughout the city, it’s definitely a place with a lot of culture and art attractions to visit. There are a lot of markets that are held in Chichester, allowing the residents to be brought together on a regular basis and endorse that community spirit. With this being in the south, it has great transport links to London and Gatwick, allowing those in retirement to venture in and out of the capital if they want to immerse themselves into a busier culture or to even jet around the globe on their next holiday.



Cromer, Norfolk

If you’re looking to add a bit of colour to your retirement years, there’s no better option that Cromer in Norfolk. With the sandy beaches and light blue ocean reflecting onto the colourful buildings in the town, you’ll wake up with a smile on your face every morning. This town is famous for its long pier which is home to the Pavilion Theatre, the theatre has regular productions highlighting its enthusiastic arts culture with productions from all over the country –  allowing retirees to stay in the town rather than venturing out to see the same production they think might only be available in a popular city. This town has tight transport links in and out of Norwich including buses and rail.



Newcastle upon Tyne, North East

If you’re looking for a place full of smiling places, Newcastle upon Tyne might be your best bet! Named ‘the happiest place to live in the UK’ by the European Commission, there’s no reason why you wouldn’t be able to love your days of relaxation in this city. Whatever you’re interested in, the chances are that Newcastle has it – from the Baltic Art Centre to over 300 cafes and pubs and even over 92 parks and churches to visit during your time off. If you’re looking to venture out of the city, whether this is abroad or to other places in the country, there’s Newcastle Airport that does both long and short haul flights, as well as Central Station that sits closely in the city for anyone wanting to travel by train.



What makes a good retirement?

It can sometimes be difficult to know the key ingredients that make up a happy retirement. However, some that we found make complete sense and are achievable by any retiree. One of the main factors is affordability – you want to enjoy your retirement and now have to worry about having spare money to spend after paying your bills. You want to make sure that you can lead your life and not worrying about the cost, that means heading to the theatre every now and then or even treating yourself to an item in one of your favourite stores. Another aspect of retirement that people should look at is the amount of activities that you are able to carry out can also have an impact on how good your retirement becomes – you don’t want to move to a place where much isn’t going on!

So, where will you be retiring to? A coastal area with a great view of the beach? A city like Newcastle with all the essentials you need? Or a rural village where you can participate in regular walks in the sun?


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  1. I’m far from retirement age, but these places look beautiful! I live in the US and I’ve traveled very little abroad, so any of these places look beautiful to travel to for a vacation!

  2. These all are so beautiful places, amazing recommendations. I agree with you that moving to a place where isn’t much going on is also not a good aspect of choosing a place. You should be able to have good time and comfort.

  3. I have not reached even half of the retirement age and would love to have one soon :D. Unbelievable isn’t it 🙂 But yea, reading through the post, I guess if I were given an option to pick, it would definitely be Cromer, Norfolk.

  4. These are such a beautiful places to visit. Such a great recommendation. Retirees must enjoy there time to travel as much as possible and while they still can.

  5. I’ve always wanted to live near a beach as I find it very calming but I feel I’d miss the noise of a city! My husband and I have always talked about moving to Australia!

  6. How come England is broken down into all these different areas – London, the north east, etc and Scotland is just Scotland. 😉 Loads of folk retire up here in Shetland because the old folks’ homes are so good.

  7. I’ve often thought about where I want to retire. Although I am from Northampton, I live in Toronto at the moment. But I always have pangs of wanting to return to the Midlands. Thanks for the list of places, it helps a lot when making decisions.

  8. This was really interesting as I had never really thought about this a lot. Cromer is not far from where I live and it is absolutely beautiful in the Summer. There are a lot of retirees in Norfolk.

  9. That’s so interesting how each place has their go-to retirement spots. In the US, it use to be Florida for the warm weather. Lately retirees have been flocking to Las Vegas. When I get to that age, I just know I want to be healthy and not where it snows.

  10. You make me want to explore these amazing places to see their fabulousness for myself. I always hear the names of these cities but to know it in person would be such a nice thing for me. Hopefully one day; God willing.

  11. Such a great recommendation. Though I am still far from retirement. I will save this to my Bookmark as my future travel references. Such a beautiful place to visit. Opps. I’m gonna share this with my dad.

  12. These places looks like a great one for retirement. I didn’t think about this at all, I think I’m too young for thinking about it, but when it comes time I will!

  13. I’m not near retirement, but I’ve always thought it would be great to retire in Scotland. I think the highlands are one of the most beautiful places on earth.

  14. These are such beautiful places to retire. If I loved in that part of the world I would certainly consider them. I would like to retire at a quiet and peaceful place.

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