Royal Mail reveals the UK’s most desirable postcodes…

25th August 2014


A survey from Royal Mail has revealed the country’s most desirable postcodes and Tidworth has emerged as England’s winner.

Situated on the edge of Salisbury Plain, with HRH the Prince of Wales as the patron of its polo club, the SP9 postcode sector representing the garrison town in Wiltshire, is the most enticing in England.

Royal Mail commissioned the Centre for Economic and Business Research (Cebr) to conduct analysis to identify the most desirable postcodes in England, Scotland and Wales.

The study took account of different aspects of the quality of life of the UK’s postcode sectors including availability of jobs, quality of education, quality of healthcare, safety, environment and the affordability of housing.

The GU46 postcode sector covering the Hampshire village of Yateley is the second most desirable in England, Meanwhile, CA27 – home to the seaside resort of St Bees – was third, representing the first of three Cumbrian towns in the top ten most desirable postcodes to live in England.

In Scotland, the most desirable postcode is G44, in the south side of Glasgow. The area includes Cathcart Cemetery, the burial place of actress Madge Metcalfe, the mother of Stan Laurel, one half of the famous comedy duo Laurel and Hardy.

Postcodes in Erskine in Renfrewshire which is on the south bank of the River Clyde, Menstrie in Clackmannanshire, the popular seaside resort of Largs on the Ayrshire coast and Port Askaig, the main port on the Isle of Islay make up the most desirable top five in Scotland.

The picturesque postcode sector of LL78 – representing Brynteg on the Isle of Anglesey – is the most desirable in Wales. Brynteg is a popular location for tourists. CF61 – the postcode for the small coastal town of Llantwit Major – is next most popular. This is followed by SY18 (Llanidloes), situated in mid Wales on the bank of the River Severn.

Steve Rooney, head of Royal Mail’s address management unit said: “Royal Mail commissioned the study to reveal the most desirable postcode sectors to live to mark the 40th anniversary of the allocation of postcodes to every address in Britain.

“The invention of the postcode revolutionised the way post is sorted and delivered. As it has evolved, the postcodes have also revolutionised the way companies do business. The postcode is now used by businesses and individuals in their everyday activities, whether that is verifying a person’s address when making a transaction or planning a route on a SatNav system.”

Top 10 most desirable postcode sectors in England

1. SP9 – Tidworth, Wiltshire

2. GU46 – Yateley, Hampshire

3. CA27 – St Bees, Cumbria

4. CW10 – Middlewich, Cheshire

5. RG6 – Earley, Berkshire

6. GU52 – Church Crookham, Hampshire

7. MK8 – north west Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

8. CA20 – Gosforth/Seascale, Cumbria

9. DE3 – Mickleover, Derbyshire

10. CA24 – Moor Row, Cumbria

Top five most desirable postcode sectors in Scotland

1. G44 – South Glasgow

2. PA8 – Erskine, Renfrewshire

3. KA30 – Largs, Ayrshire

4. FK11 – Menstrie, Clackmannanshire

5. PA46 – Port Askaig, Isle of Islay

Top five most desirable postcode sectors in Wales

1. LL78 – Brynteg, Isle of Anglesey

2. CF61 – Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan

3. SY18 – Llanidloes, Powys

4. NP26 – Caldicot, Monmouthshire

5. SA4 – North West Swansea, West Glamoragn


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