The Best Places To Live In Lancashire

If you are looking for the best places to live in Lancashire, you have probably come across the usual lists. This one is different.

We looked at the places that have a good combination of places to work and play, affordable homes to rent, good transport links and are actually in Lancashire.

Many of the top ten lists add places in Cumbria, Greater Manchester and Merseyside onto the list, which is no good if you want to live in Lancashire!

So, let’s look at the best places to live in Lancashire, in our opinion.

Lancashire river


Clayton le Woods doesn’t make it onto many of these lists of best places to live in Lancashire, but we aren’t sure why.

It is home to the gorgeous Curden Valley, 650 acres of glorious countryside with the River Lostock running through it.

It also has plenty of great places to eat, catering to every budget. From good pub grub at The Beaumont to fine dining at the Halfway House.

There is a big Asda and a Lidl in the centre, with busses running to each.

The other great thing about Clayton-Le-Woods is it is right in the middle of Leyland, Chorley, and Preston. Getting to each is easy with regular busses and it being situated very close to the motorway.

There are a handful of good Primary schools and nearby high schools. Plus, both of Runshaw’s campuses and Preston College are on the doorstep.


Woman in Lancashire

Burnley is on the doorstep of the Ribble Valley, named one of the most beautiful parts of Lancashire. But that isn’t the only reason it is on our list of the best places to live in Lancashire.

It has direct train services to Manchester, Preston, Blackpool, Leeds, and York from its four train stations.

The bus station serves the majority of East Lancs and into the Yorkshire Dales.

There are plenty of jobs in Burnley too. In 2013 it was named one of the most enterprising places in the UK. This is thanks to its strong manufacturing and aerospace industries.

There is a lively night time scene, and every year the  Burnley International Rock and Blues Festival is held.

There are plenty of good schools and colleges to choose from and several museums to continue your education! Not to mention Burnley FC! 

There are loads of homes to choose from too, whether you want a grand Victorian pile or sheltered accommodation, like Wood Top.


Chorley is often overlooked, but this bustling Lancashire town has undergone some major improvements in the last ten years, making it a vibrant and exciting place to be.

The market is well established, selling fresh fish, fruit, fashion, toys and loads more.

It has a thriving nightlife but also a great café culture.

Astley Hall is in Chorley, with lovely grounds to walk around, cafes, a menagerie, and of course the Hall itself. 

Chorley is a bit of a hidden gem for jobs, with massive companies such as FedEx, BAE Systems, and Leyland Trucks being three of the major employers in the area. Distribution, retail, hospitality, engineering and business services are all industries that are thriving. 

There are five main high schools and a whole host of primary schools.

It has a train station with direct trains to Liverpool, Preston, and Manchester and a busy bus station.

Astley Hall in Chorley, one of the best places to live in Lancashire

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