Northern Irish town ranked among UK’s coolest postcodes

Holywood in County Down has gained status as one of the coolest places to live in the UK, thanks to a new ranking released by The Sunday Times.

Northern Ireland, much like the rest of Ireland, is full of quaint villages, seaside towns, and friendly locals. Thus, it comes as no surprise that one Northern Irish town has ranked among the UK’s coolest postcodes.

With a thriving local café culture, friendly residents, and a beach just five minutes away, Holywood is one of the most coveted destinations to live in the north.

However, it has now gained nationwide recognition as Holywood is named among the coolest postcodes to have in the UK.

A much sought-after destination – the Hollywood of Northern Ireland

Northern Irish town named among UK's coolest postcodes.
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Set on the eastern shores of Belfast Lough, Holywood is just a short drive from Belfast City Centre. This prime position means that residents can enjoy a small-town feel with easy access to the city.

This is just one reason why this Northern Irish town has ranked among the UK’s coolest postcodes, according to The Sunday Times.

The national publication revealed their annual ranking of ‘The Coolest Postcodes to Move to in 2022’. We must say, we were delighted to see one Northern Irish town made the cut.

Just 12 destinations across the UK were named. Thus, we expect those looking to relocate this year will consider Holywood as a possible place to set up home.

Northern Irish town ranked among UK’s coolest postcodes – plenty to see and do nearby

Holywood is one of Northern Ireland's most sought-after destination.
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Following on from almost two years of restrictions, industry experts have reported a huge trend in those looking to relocate out of the big cities and into the country.

Towns, such as Holywood, offer the best of both worlds, with nature and the seaside on your doorstep, while providing easy access to the city.

The Sunday Times writes of Holywood that it is ideal, “for the beautiful people”. They explain that the town can be found on “Northern Ireland’s ‘Gold Coast’” and is home to “beautiful beaches”.

The publication also mentions that the town was the birthplace of one of Northern Ireland’s biggest stars, Jamie Dornan. Unfortunately, however, we don’t think there’s much chance of running into him here now.

Beaches and coffee – it’s basically Byron Bay

One Northern Irish town ranked among the UK's coolest postcodes.
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While Northern Ireland doesn’t offer the bright and sunny weather conditions of seaside destinations in the likes of Australia, Holywood does offer some of the same appeal.

With fantastic local coffee shops – The Sunday Times gives special mention to the flat whites from Coffee Yard – and a beachside location, it’s pretty much just a chillier version of Byron Bay.

RoCo Boutique offers an unforgettable shopping experience and the neighbouring village of Cultra is a luxury residential area.

The Sunday Times also mentioned the award-winning Noble Restaurant, a favourite among celebrities visiting Northern Ireland in the past.

When naming this Northern Irish town among the UK’s coolest postcodes, The Sunday Times considered various factors. These included schools, air quality, transport, broadband speeds, green spaces, and the health of the high street.

With so much to offer, it’s no surprise that they recognised Holywood as a great place to relocate this year.

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