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Maxxima’s top 10 places to live in the UK and Ireland

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Working in a different country can be a difficult decision to make. At Maxxima, we want to make the process of relocating as easy as possible. So much so, that we’ve put together our top 10 locations in the UK and Ireland to help you choose a potential new home that suits your lifestyle. Here are our top 10 locations to consider when choosing your next placement. 


Set in the beautiful countryside of the East of England, Cambridge is home to the prestigious Cambridge University and is steeped in history. The beautiful architecture and picturesque market place offer a unique shopping experience that you won’t find anywhere else. If you want to see the sights in a different way, take a punt down the River Cam or cycle around the city on traditional bicycles. If you’re looking to kick back and relax, Cambridge is full of many beautiful restaurants, cafes and traditional English pubs.


The capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is a fantastic place to visit and live. With its picturesque skyline, enchanting cobbled streets and beautiful scenery, it's no wonder that Edinburgh is a top destination for tourists. Watching over the city is Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish rulers. It’s a real must-see for anyone staying in the capital city, especially those interested in history. With a vast array of shops, cafes and restaurants, Edinburgh is a great place to socialise and enjoy fine cuisines.


As the second largest city in England, this metropolitan city has a lot to offer. If you’re into history, Birmingham has created some fantastic attractions to enjoy. From beautiful churches and the origins of Cadbury’s chocolate, to the inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth. If you’d prefer something a little more lively like theatres, stylish bars and the hottest nightspots, Birmingham is a great place to party. For sport lovers, Birmingham boasts world class sporting facilities and is even bidding to hold the Commonwealth Games in 2022.


The capital city of Wales offers a vast range of unique attractions for any visitor. Positioned on the coast of Wales, Cardiff is known for its water sport activities and is home to the Cardiff International White Water centre. For the less adventurous, Cardiff has a range of theatres, galleries and music venues. If history is more your thing, then you can explore French impressionist paintings at the National Museum or learn about the mining industry at the Big Pit National Coal Museum. 


If you prefer an active lifestyle, Bristol could be the place for you as it the UK’s first cycling city. The city promotes a healthier lifestyle via its dedicated cycle lanes and bicycle rental scheme. Positioned in the hills of South West England, Bristol is a great place to take scenic views. If you’re into wildlife, take a trip to the Bristol Zoo Gardens to see the amazing world of animals, exhibits and award-winning gardens. Fancy some alfresco dining? From outdoor gardens at country pubs to waterfront restaurants on the harbour, you can’t visit Bristol without enjoying your food and drink outdoors.


With a proud history of science, politics, music, arts and sport; Manchester is one of the most exciting places to visit in the UK right now. An energetic city bursting with character, Manchester is known as the birthplace of the industrial revolution. If you’re a keen shopper, Manchester is the place for you with its extensive range of shops and shopping centres. If you’re a sport lover, then why not visit two of the biggest Premier League football clubs in the UK with Manchester City and Manchester United both sharing the sporting spotlight in the city. Prefer something less energetic? Then the Imperial War Museum North or the Lowry Theatre on the Salford Keys might be more up your street.  


If you fancy venturing outside of the UK, Dublin is a great place to visit and just over one hour from London on a plane. Situated on the east coast of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin is a beautiful city full of historic buildings including Dublin Castle and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. For most visitors to this capital city, there’s one place they want to go - the world famous Guinness Storehouse at St. James’s Gate Brewery. There you’ll learn everything there is to know about the famous stout. As you’d expect, Dublin is bursting with great bars and nightclubs. If it’s culture you’re looking for, the city is also home to many museums, libraries and galleries.


Recently voted in the top ten ‘Best in Europe’ destinations by Lonely Planet, Leeds is definitely a place to visit whilst in the UK. A true shopper’s paradise, Leeds’ compact city centre means all the shops you could wish for are in walking distance. The city is home to over 300 restaurants and bars, 16 museums and galleries and hosts many major sporting events meaning there’s something for everyone.  With over 80 festivals in the city each year, Leeds has developed a diverse and vibrant cultural scene and is bidding to become the European Capital of Culture 2023.


Canterbury and its surrounding areas offer a great mixture of city, countryside and coastal tourism. The areas have a plethora of heritage and history on offer including one world heritage site, two castles and six museums. The city of Canterbury is well-known for its stunning architecture and world famous Canterbury Cathedral, one of medieval Europe’s great places of pilgrimage. It’s a must-see attraction for any visitor. If you’d prefer to visit a traditional seaside town, then Herne Bay or Whitstable are perfect for families and fun days out.


Last but certainly not least, Newcastle is one of the largest cities in the UK and is situated in the North of England on the River Tyne. In Newcastle you’ll experience the warm and inviting ‘Geordie’ spirit of the local residents, which flows throughout the city. Known for its world-class culture, fantastic shopping and vibrant nightlife, Newcastle is good all-rounder as there’s literally something for everyone. The trendy suburb of Jesmond is a real highlight as it offers a variety of eclectic boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Newcastle is also famous for its Premier League football team (Newcastle United) and seven bridges which span across its spectacular riverscape. 

If we’ve managed to tempt you in to considering a placement in the UK with Maxxima, click here to view our current vacancies. Want to learn about how Maxxima can support you when relocating? Click here for details.

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