Despite its size, the British Isles is home to a range of different towns, cities and landscapes, many of which are unique.
You don’t need to travel far to find variety in both the countryside and urban areas.
This is reflected in the way residents across the UK feel. A survey published last year revealed that people living in different towns and cities experience varying levels of happiness and life satisfaction.
Rightmove’s 12th annual Happy at Home Index, published in December 2023, showed exactly which areas of the nation have the happiest residents.
More than 26,000 people took part in the survey, which considered 13 happiness factors including things like community spirit and green spaces.
Following the results, Rightmove compiled a list of the 10 happiest places in the UK.
Placing fifth on the list was the market town of Cirencester in Gloucestershire.
It is not the first time this historic location has been ranked highly for happiness, with it placing 10th on the same index in 2022.
Sitting about 80 miles west of London, Cirencester lies on the River Churn, a tributary of the River Thames.
It is also on the doorstep of the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that spans almost 800 square miles.
For this reason Cirencester is the ideal location for those who love hiking and getting out into nature.
But it also has plenty to offer history lovers.
Cotswolds.com explains: “Cirencester, known as the Capital of the Cotswolds, is a lovely market town with a fascinating history where you will receive a warm welcome.
“In Roman times, Cirencester, known as ‘Corinium Dobunnorum’, was the second largest town only to London.”
In Medieval times Cirencester became a very prosperous wool town “which is the basis for the charming town with ancient honey coloured stone buildings in picturesque narrow streets that you can visit today”.
There are markets held there every month, including a Charter Market every Monday and Friday and a Farmers’ Market every other Saturday.
Other spots in the town worth paying a visit include Corinium Museum, Roman Amphitheatre, New Brewery Arts and Cirencester Parish Church.
There are also plenty of beautiful green spaces in town such as Cirencester Park, the Abbey Grounds and St Michael’s Park.
Commenting on the Happy at Home survey, Rightmove said: “Each year, we ask people to tell us what makes them happy about where they live, and what makes it special.
“Our annual Happy at Home Index, now in its 12th year, helps us understand what really makes the residents of some areas happier than others, as well as the things that make a place feel like home.”
Taking the top spot on the index for the first time was Richmond-Upon-Thames in London, followed by Winchester in Hampshire.