LIFESTYLE guide Muddy Stilettos has revealed that ten Cornish locations are among the best places to live in the UK.

The women’s lifestyle website creates a ‘best places to live’ list each year for England and breaks it down regionally.

The Cornish locations have been rated on their nearby attractions, shops, house prices, cultures, and a range of other factors.

According to Muddy Stilettos, Cornwall has been named one of the best places in the UK to live thanks to its ‘400 miles of beautiful coastline’ and being ‘jam-packed with interesting business, entrepreneurial types and a thriving art and theatre community’.

However, Falmouth, previously named one of the best places to live, failed to make the list for 2024.

According to Muddy Stilettos, here are the top locations in Cornwall to live in 2024.


Falmouth Packet: Truro Cathedral Truro Cathedral (Image: Getty Images)Muddy Stilettos complemented Truro’s ‘relaxed urban living in an accessible location’ and its great schools – both private and state.

The lifestyle website also names some of the finest places to eat and drink in Truro including Sabzi Deli, The Longstore, Sams in the City, The Alverton, ASK Italian, Yak and Yeti, The Rising Sun, Wig & Pen and Hubbox amongst others.

Truro shops including The White Company, Joules, Seasalt, M&S even Primark are named as some of the best shopping locations.


Falmouth Packet: Bude Sea Pool Bude Sea Pool (Image: Martini Archive)Picked for its ‘beautiful properties with sea views’ Bude has also been named one of the best places in Cornwall to live by Muddy Stilletos.

Surf shops including Fatface, Mountain Warehouse, Saltrock, Botts, Holland & Barrett and Rooted Ocean have been named some of the best high-street shops in Bude.

House prices in Bude were described as ‘pretty reasonable’ by Muddy Stilettos. Detached properties sold for an average price of £363,913, a terraced property £229,097 and a semi-detached property costing an average of £269,380.

St Agnes:

Falmouth Packet: St Agnes St Agnes (Image: Paul Caddy)Once named one of the best places to live in Cornwall in the Muddy Best Places to Live Guide 2021, St Agnes has been named once again.

Muddy Stilettos praised St Agnes for its ‘close-knit community’ and for ‘nurturing sustainable and creative businesses.’

Attractions such as tin mines on the heritage coast between St Agnes and Chapel Porth were described as a ‘lush walk’.


Falmouth Packet: Hayle Estuary Hayle Estuary (Image: Martini Archive)Muddy Stilettos said: “With both the harbour and the Foundry awarded World Heritage Status in 2006, the town has been on the up ever since”, making it another Cornish location on its list of best places to live.

Restaurants and café inside and just outside of Hayle including Feed, Black Lobster and Harry’s Bodega are said to be popular with the locals.


Falmouth Packet: Penzance Penzance (Image: Martini Archive)Like many other Cornish towns, Penzance went through a low period but is now firmly on the up. It was voted the best place to live in Cornwall in the Muddy Best Places to Live Guide in 2023, with The Sunday Times following suit the next month.

Muddy compliments the harbour town for its culture, music venues and theatres.

House prices in Penzance are around £245,075. Terraced properties were popular last year, costing an average of £216,315. Detached homes cost an average £341,322 with semis costing £268,264.


Falmouth Packet: Wadebridge Wadebridge (Image: Martini Archive)Frequently voted as one of The Sunday Times’s Best Places to Live in the UK, Wadebridge has been praised by Muddy for its benefits of being close to the coast, without ‘some of the touristy downsides’.

According to Muddy Stilettos: “Although some might say that Wadebridge sits in the foodie shadow of nearby Padstow, there are plenty of lovely options in the town. The Tiny Thai serves authentic modern Thai street food, and just across the street is Onda, an Italian-inspired small plate from Muddy award-winning chef, Ben Ambridge.”


Falmouth Packet: Porthleven Porthleven (Image: Martini Archive)The UK’s most southerly working port, Porthleven has been described as a ‘picturesque’ harbour town overlooking Mount’s Bay between Penzance and The Lizard.

Porthleven lies within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The distinctive clock tower dominates the imposing harbour wall, and waves crashing over it during the winter attract storm watchers to the town, as well as many a cameo on weather forecaster’s backdrops.

Flushing, Falmouth:

Falmouth Packet: Flushing Flushing (Image: Martini Archive)Described by Muddy as ‘handsome’, the village of Flushing takes its not-so-traditional Cornish name from the Dutch who built the quay in the 17th century.

New to the harbour-side is the appropriately named Harbour House, which was taken over in 2022 by owners Tamara Costin and William Speed. Harbour House severs hyper-local and seasonal food.

Cawsand and Kingsand:

Falmouth Packet: Cawsand and Kingsand, Cornwall Cawsand and Kingsand, Cornwall (Image: Martini Archive)The coastal 17th-century fishing villages of Cawsand and Kingsand sit on Cornwall’s south-eastern Rame peninsular and have been described as ‘the forgotten corner of the Duchy.

Muddy compliments Cawsand and Kingsand for its ‘paradise for walkers’, and quiet for swimmers, kayakers and water sports fans.


Falmouth Packet: Newquay Newquay (Image: Stock)Described as the surf capital of the UK, Newquay is now a thriving coastal town with a diverse year-round community. Families and creatives have flocked to the town, with commensurate foodie and cultural opportunities springing up – from galleries to new café, there’s always something going on in Newquay.