2) Burford, Oxfordshire, England Even though it has a little over 1100 residents, Burford in Oxfordshire got listed on Forbes’ list of top 10 best towns to live in (and on top of that, it was the only British town on that list). Village greens, duck ponds, cobbled marketplaces, wood-beamed pubs and multi-coloured harbours with bobbing boats, Britain has rural idylls aplenty. Tip: Walk across the low bridge that crosses the Bybrook to the 14th-century The Manor House Hotel and Golf Club. A 'market town' in the UK is categorised as a small town in a rural setting that was given a historic legal right to hold a weekly market. A perfect place for water-lovers and sun-worshippers, this Cornwall hot spot boasts sheltered coves for easy swimming. Staying the night in this quiet, tranquil haven is a must for those looking to unwind. This small seaside town is a perfect spot to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. This royal residence sits atop a hill and is home to the famed St. George's chapel. While driving, watch out for the white, chalk horse on White Horse Hill near Uffington. Alice Hargreaves, best known as the inspiration for Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, is buried here. Be prepared to wait in line. A living museum (the name is derived from "hospitality," not "hospital"), this beautiful building is home to ex-service personnel/brethren who act as guides. They literally ooze charm. This gorgeous coastal town was once a fishing village. Don't miss St. Michael and All Angels, Lyndhurst's Parish Church. Accommodation: Where to Stay in Castle Combe, St. Mary's churchyard, Painswick | Photo Copyright: Shandley McMurray. Windsor won't disappoint. Built in the 14th century, the harbor is still used today. Nestled in the heart of England's New Forest, Lyndhurst is truly a hidden gem. The white cliffs of the Seven Sisters are another of the park's main draws. Aim to get here early or visit off-season if you're hoping for a quieter experience. Don't miss Rococo Gardens, which offers spectacular views of the countryside in addition to its lovely gardens. An hour and a half west of Brighton, Rye is both peaceful and picturesque. This National Trust site also contains the largest stone circle in Britain. This is my top 10, a varied group of small towns, any of which might lay claim to being "the next Ludlow". Many argue that Avebury's henge and stone circles are more enjoyable to visit than the over-crowded (and roped-off) Stonehenge. Seafood is perhaps the best reason to visit this waterfront gem. In town, you'll find numerous small restaurants and quirky shops. Nearby Silbury Hill is also worth a stop if you're traveling on the A4, but it can't be climbed. Tip: The best spot to enjoy the view is St. Mary's church tower. If you happen to be here in time for a service, stick around; the locals are friendly and welcoming, with interesting tales to share. We help you create & book your dream trip based on your travel preferences, budget and style. The main reason people flock here? A panel on The Sunday Times has been researching the 50 best places to live in rural Britain, taking into account hard data on house prices, schools, crime rates and transport links. Rent a canoe instead and get out on Henley's main attraction—the water. You'll love wandering through the lively Whitstable Harbour. Today, it's a good base for those who'd like to spend the night in The New Forest without having to do so in a tent. It's less costly than Warwick Castle and boasts a tearoom with tasty treats. England is well known for its spectacular gardens (there has to be an upside to all that rain). St. Andrews Church) is not to be missed. This sweet town inspired the work of Britain's greatest landscape artist, John Constable. The best market towns to live and work in across the UK have been revealed. Wear appropriate footwear to get up close and personal with the impressive stones (it's often muddy and slippery). The Dragonfly Maze is a fun way to spend an afternoon. Nearby is St. Andrew's Church, home to the faceless, working medieval Castle Combe Clock. Bird lovers, prepare yourselves for Birdland. Narrow, winding cobbled streets increase the charm factor, as do the fishermen's cottages and eclectic shops. Opened in 1951, the highlight is a rose garden best seen from an elevated walkway. Next, you'll want to schedule time for Warwick Castle—an example of what would happen if Disney and the Knights of the Roundtable had a baby. These favorite small towns span the countryside from one coast to the next. Castle Combe | Photo Copyright: Shandley McMurray. Make time to visit the Tate St. Ives, an impressive art gallery with views of the Atlantic Ocean. Henley's River & Rowing Museum has been voted one of the world's 50 best museums (by The Times). Used often as a backdrop for movies and television shows (you may recognize its charming town center from Steven Spielberg's War Horse), this hidden gem has become a hot spot for tourists. The village is set into a 400-foot cliff in North Devon, the bottom of which ends at an ancient port. Wander down one of many secret passages before finding your way to Simon the Pieman for the most delicious scone (with cream and jam, of course). Not a swimmer? He, too, appreciated the area's beauty. It's much bigger than it seems from the outside, so plan for at least an hour (or two) here. Most Charming Small Towns In The UK 25th. With its impeccable harbor and clean, soft, sandy beaches, St. Ives has received many accolades—"Best Seaside Town," "Best Family Holiday Destination," and one of the "Top 10 European beaches." Once you visit, you'll understand why.